Mystery Monday: Omelki

Every Monday we will post an entry that hasn’t yet been published with a view towards harnessing the collective onomastic power of the internet. If you have any thoughts about the name’s origin, other variants it might be related to, other examples of its use, etc., please share them in the comments! If you wish to browse other Mystery Monday names, there is an index.

Today’s name is a 16th C Swedish masculine name recorded in Finland:


This one is a true mystery: We don’t have any names that resemble it, no clue what it’s origin might be, and even searching for the string on google gets nothing useful. We know the chances that one of our readers will know something about the name are small, but we’re not going to pass up the opportunity to ask! If you have any thoughts at all, please share them in the comments!


Filed under crowd-sourcing, dictionary entries, mystery monday

2 responses to “Mystery Monday: Omelki

  1. Don Campbell

    This seemed like a Finnish name to me, rather than Swedish, so some Googling later I found this file:

    I can’t read Finnish but it looks like a list of names and Omelki might be a diminutive of Omeli which is a Finnish version of Aemilianus?

    The date for Omelki is also 1582 so presumably this list of names found it in the same source as you?

    Please let me know if this does turn out useful.

  2. Brian M. Scott

    It’s Finnish, or at least from a Finnic language. This snippet derives it from a Karelian omella, omelie, omel. (The Ls appear to have some modification at the top that my monitor can’t resolve.) It appears to derive that from Greek Haimilianos. This last agrees with the entry for Omeli in the etymological list of names in this PDF, which derives that name from Greco-Latin Haimilianos~Aemilianus and includes Omelki Koskeson 1582 among the citations.

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