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Kunttu family

Kunttu family originates from South-Eastern part of Finland, from Southern Karelia. First records of the name Kunttu are found from Savitaipale, Southern Karelia, from the 16th century, although there are oral traditions that suggest the name Kunttu was in use already in the 15th century. The original meaning of the word has been lost in time.

There are four main branches of Kunttu family. They have been named after the main locations of their forefathers. These are Savitaipale branch, Säkkijärvi branch, Yläsommee branch and Merijoki branch, all from Southern Karelia.

In the 19th century Finland was part of Russia and many sons of Kunttu family migrated to russian territories. Most of them settled in the greater St. Petersburg area. Most of them came from the Savitaipale branch, although some came from other branches too.

In the beginning of the 20th century many sons of Kunttu family became sailors and many migrated to North America. Most of them came from the Säkkijärvi and Savitaipale branches.

After the Second World War a big part of Kunttu family had to migrate out from the Southern Karelia region that was lost to the Soviet Union. The ancestral lands of Säkkijärvi, Yläsommee and Merijoki were among the surrendered areas. Descendants of these Kunttu family branches live nowadays in different parts of Finland. Savitaipale area is still part of Finland.

In old manuscripts the family name was written sometimes in the form Kuntu.

16th Kunttu family meeting, August 2021, Kouvola, Finland.

Some statistics

In 2020 there were 566 people in Finland with the family name Kunttu. In the list of most common family names in Finland, the name Kunttu has the place 1535. In the year 2010 in the town of Lohja lived 101 people with the family name Kunttu, and in Savitaipale 36 people. In these two areas the name Kunttu is among the 30 most common family names.


Kunttu Family Association

Kunttu Family Association was established on 14th September 1991 in Savitaipale, Finland. Savitaipale is also the registered domicile of the family association. Into the Register of Associations the Kunttu Family Association was entered on March 25th 1993.

Objectives of the Kunttu Family Association are to collect, preserve, connect and publish information on the family, to instill a feeling of belonging and a sense of heritage in all Kunttu descendants.

The family association arranges family meetings, gathers information about the family and publishes the results of family research to its members.

The logo of Kunttu Family Association since 2008.

Information requests

You can always ask questions from us, the Kunttu Family Association board, for free. Email address is kuntunsukuseura [at] gmail.com. We will do the best we can to help you. There might be a few days delay before you receive an answer.

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Membership

If you want to join Kunttu Family Association as a member, you are warmly welcome.

To join the Kunttu Family Association please contact the Membership register manager (jäsenrekisteri- ja postitusvastaava) via email. You will find the current manager's contact information on Yhteystiedot-page.

Once we have received your contact information, a payment form will be sent to you via email or mail.

Members will receive annually the Kunttu Family Association newsletter and the family magazine (in Finnish) via mail.


Changes in membership information of current members

In order to keep the Membership Register up-to-date and ensure smooth flow of membership mail we kindly ask you to send the current contact information (address, email etc.) to our Membership register manager (jäsenrekisteri- ja postitusvastaava) via email. You will find the contact information on Yhteystiedot-page.


Membership fees

The membership fee of Kunttu Family Association is at present 15 euros per year. That is 30 euros per each two year activity period.


Publications

Kunttu Family Association has published a book in 2016 about the history of the Kunttu family. It details the known ancestry of all the four Kunttu family branches in Finland. It also includes some records of the early history of some of our american cousins. The book is in Finnish.

Kunttu Family Association has a family magazine called Kuntun Suku. It is published annually and it includes additional information about the origins and current affairs of the four family branches. The language is Finnish.

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