The Koski name was often shortened from longer names, such as "Savikoski" or "Koskinen." These names usually had some meaning in Finnish, relating to a family's origin; "Savikoski" means "clay rapids," from the river on which the family farm was located. You can translate "Koski," therefore, as "Rapids." No authentic coat of arms has been traced to this humble farm family. Shortened at Ellis Island from many roots, Koski has become a common name in regions where many Finns settled, such as Northern Michigan.
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