Andrew, I was interested to read your message as my husband is a Pakkala. I don't know of any relationship to you, but I found it interesting to read of a possible meaning for the name. When I asked a Finnish friend visiting from Helsinki some years she had no idea of meaning -- said that "pakka" meant package. When we were traveling in Finland in 1974 we came to a very small place -- smaller than even a village, I think -- called Pakkala -- north of Helsinki a little ways. No one spoke English there, so I wasn't able to ask any questions. I could not find my atlas to see where Veteli is. My husband's grandfather Arvid Pakkala was born in Tornio, Finland, and immigrated from there to the U.S. in 1890. He was from a family of 9 children. His brother August came a few years earlier and changed his last name to Erickson and settled in northeastern Washington and was an orchardist. Arvid settled on the western side of Washington state and was a farmer and hatchery man and spokesman for other Finnish people in the area who didn't speak
English. It is said he had studied at a university in Tornio before he immigrated.
Sincerely, Sharon Poage Pakkala
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