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.
Common Polish first names usually come from the Bible or from the Slavic culture. 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.
Polish names also have the tendency of having common knowledge nicknames or diminutives. The perfect example here is Ola - which is a 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.
The culture of a Name Day is also strong in Poland. It never changes it’s 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 if you are just looking to 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!
Top 5 Polish Boys Names
Looking for the most common Polish first names for males? Here they go:
Piotr - The alternative to this name is Piotrek, and its English alternative would be Peter. The name comes from the Greek petros (rock).
Krzysztof - Krzysztof or Krzysiek comes from the Greek words christos (Christ) and perro (to carry), meaning carrying Christ within. Its English variation is Christopher.
Andrzej- In English, Andrzej would be known as Andrew. 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.
Top 5 Polish Girls Names
Here are the most common Polish first namesfor females.
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 channahmeaning: 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.
Now, do you know the meaning of your name and how common it is?
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