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Top 10 Common Polish First Name For Boys And Girls

June 27, 2020 5 min read


What is the most common Polish name?

Well, In Polish culture, it is quite normal for people to have three to four formal names: a first name, a middle name, and a polish surname or two. So if you wondered do Polish people have middle names, the answer is - they frequently do.

Common Polish first names usually come from the Bible or from the Slavic culture. Yet Polish middle names are not different.  As times and cultural influences change, so do the names we give to our children.

When in Poland, you will most likely across name Polish girl names like Anna, Maria and Polish boy names like Piotr and Krzysztof.

So if you are just looking at the most common Polish first names and their meanings, or you are exploring a name for your Polish baby, here is a list of popular Polish first names to help you out!


Looking for the most common Polish first names for males? The list keeps changing, but here go the top 10 Polish names!

  • Piotr - This is a Polish name for Peter. The alternative to this common Polish name is Piotrek. The name comes from the Greek petros (rock).
  • Krzysztof - Polish name Krzysztof or Krzysiek comes from the Greek words christos (Christ) and perro (to carry), meaning carrying Christ within. Its English variation is Christopher.
  • Andrzej- This is a Polish name for Andrew and is also a most common name in Poland. This name comes from the Greek language too, and the word andros, meaning a male as well as being brave.
  • Jan - Jan (or John, in English), comes from Hebrew and means: enjoying God’s grace.
  • Stanisław - This name has a Slavic origin and used to mean: the one with a beautiful estate.
  • Szymon - This name comes from Hebrew and has a beautiful meaning: heard.
  • Aleksander- One of the common Polish names which is also very common around the world.
  • Franciszek- Although it might sound serious, this is too one of the popular Polish names for boys and it has its roots in the Old French.
  • Antoni - This is a variation of the name Anthony, derived from Latin, with only speculations behind its true meaning.
  • Filip -again, this is one of the common Polish boy names that is known throughout the world, meaning: the lover of horses.

We find these to be beautiful Polish names! Which one of these male Polish names do you prefer?


Again, the list of most common Polish girl names keeps changing. Still, here are the most common Polish first names for females as by our research, and you will find some beautiful Polish girl names here!

  • Anna - This name has a lot of variations in different languages and is popular not only in Poland, but around the world. Ana, Ania, Anja, Anya, Hanna, Hannah… all these come from the Hebrew channah meaning: grace.
  • Maria - There are quite a few variations of this name, too: Mary, Mariam, Miriam, Mia… It has a Hebrew and Egyptian origin, meaning: filled with joy or beloved by god.
  • Katarzyna - The English variation of the name is Catherine and the Polish short for it is Kasia. It has a Greek origin, meaning: pure, spotless, virgin.
  • Małgorzata - Gosia would be the alternative for the name and perhaps Maggy or Margaret as the English variation. The word has a Greek origin, meaning: pearl.
  • Agnieszka - This name has a Greek origin (hagneia) and means: cleanliness, holiness. Its English variation is Agnes.
  • Ewa - coming from the Biblical Eve, it means: life.
  • Barbara - this Polish female name has a Greek origin, meaning: strange, foreign.
  • Joanna- this is one of the popular Polish girl names that’s been around for decades and has its roots in Latin!
  • Julia- a beautiful name with Latin origins and a common ancient Roman family name!
  • Zuzanna - or Susan, as know in English, has Hebrew origin, meaning: a lily, a rose.

Now, do you know the meaning of your name and how common it is? Do you like these common Polish girl names?


Polish names also have the tendency of having common knowledge nicknames or diminutives. The perfect example here is Ola - which is short for Aleksandra. And although Poland’s culture is a bit more formal than of other Slavic countries, introducing yourself by your name’s nickname is not unusual nor is it looked upon as being disrespectful.


Pet names in Polish can derive from first names, but don’t have to. It is not unusual to call someone dear you as: kitty, teddy, etc. And as these Polish pet names are not disrespectful, they are usually used in private occasions, unless you are talking to a child.


It so happens that almost any name (or a word even) a person is not accustomed to hearing, will sound funny or strange to them. There are no such things as funny Polish first names (or those of other cultures), but usually, names that are not common Polish baby girl names or Polish baby boy names, or that sound like from an era long, long time ago could bring a smile or a laugh out.


There are some names that are considered to be ancient Polish names just because they are not frequently used in these times. This doesn’t mean they won’t make a comeback, as it usually happens over a course of a few generations. Names considered old, out of date or Antient even are often heard of again, replacing those we now consider to be popular Polish names. Such are Janina or Racibor, those with a Slavic origin. 

Those that are considered to be unique Polish boy names or unique Polish girl names are the ones that come to Poland from different cultures, are old, or simply rarely used.


The culture of a Name Day is also strong in Poland. It never changes its date. In case there are few days in the calendar with the same name, the one to be celebrated is the first one that comes after the person's birthday. Some people don’t celebrate it at all. Some celebrate it in the same capacity as they would on their birthday. 

So what are your favorite Polish baby names? What name would you give your baby and what is the meaning behind it? Let us know!

And if you are planning on celebrating a Name Day of someone close to you, be sure to check out cool gifts from our store!

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