Hi, my maiden name was Aijala and it means: "house for old men. "Not a great meaning. My ancestors are from Rantsila, Oulu, Finland. It was a custom in Finland that when a person moved onto a new place, they took on the name of the farm or house. My dad was Matt Arthur Aijala, 1931-1994. His folks were Matti Aijala from Finland and came to Mass. then to Ramsey County North Dakota and then died in Rapid City. His mother was Lulu K Patron born in Brocket ND. They lived in and around Deadwood, SD.