Hi all! You seem to wonder if the Nevalainen families that moved to the U.S. shortened their family name to Nevala... I can tell you that there are both Nevala and Nevalainen families in Finland. I'm a half finn living in southern Sweden... I don't know if some ancestors in my family has moved to USA, all I can tell you is that my grandfathers father was named Emil Johannes Nevala, and he was married to Hilda Sirelius. Emils father was a farmer in Jalasjärvi in nortern Finland. If you wonder about anything... just ask!