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A very old, revering (slightly petting) name for "bear".
Vodrilus  2/20/2005
This name has become very popular for some strange reason, and I can only imagine how weird it's going to be when all these little boys named Otso are actually adults. It sounds cute on little boys, I guess, but not on men.
slight night shiver  5/2/2008
Otso was a euphemism for "karhu" (the most common name for a bear nowadays), used alongside words like mesikämmen, kontio and nalle. It was feared that the animal would be summoned if its proper name was used.
nenmo  7/28/2008
The Norwegian equivalent to Otso would be the name Bjørn. I don't see why it shouldn't work in Finland, when being named "bear" works in Norway.
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