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I recalled a talltale of the possible connection of "Oulu" with the namesake of New York City, in part York may be a corruption of Oulu. After doing some of my research (provided by the Wikipedia articles themselves), New "York" was named for the Duke of York in York, England and the terminology "York" is from the Norsemen (Vikings) when they lived in the North Sea coasts of England in 850 AD. Whether or not there was a partial Finnish origin of "York" into the Scandinavian languages commonly spoken in the Bothnian coastline of Finland, the spelling Oulu may been misspelled "Yolle" in the Swedish Norse language of the middle ages. Indeed, Oulu stands for "flood water" in Finnish, but New York City sits on three islands and a peninsula (the Bronx). In the late 18th to early 20th centuries, New York city had a larger Swedish population than anywhere in the world outside Sweden and in the 1880's, the US census includes a large Finnish ethnic section in South Harlem, also known as "Yorkville" known to have many Swedish-Americans and German-Americans. Until the talltale is backed up with reliable sources available on the internet, I will not add it to the article even though it boosts a general interesting story on Oulu, Finland. + —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 15:54, 20 March 2009 (UTC)