Karjala Family History
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Karjala Name Meaning
Finnish: from karja ‘cattle’ + the local suffix -la, or possibly from a word of Germanic origin, harja- ‘host’, ‘crowd’, Old Swedish haer. Historic records suggest that the Germanic inhabitants of the area around Lake Ladoga (in present-day Russia) used this term to refer to the Finns who once lived there.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press