Most common Polish names are those that have been around, seems like, forever. Top Polish boy names and top Polish girl names don’t change much as you look through time.
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 think to yourself - do Polish people have middle names - the answer is that they frequently do.
Common Polish first names usually come from the Bible or from the Slavic culture. Both Biblical and Slavic names and meanings have a special power to them. And Polish middle names are not different. Unique Polish names are not as common as they tend to be in other countries, but you can come across them.
As times and cultural influences change, so do the names we give to our children.
When in Poland, you will most likely encounter 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 - or, a good example of Polish baby names 2020, which won’t change much in the upcoming years.
TOP 10 POLISH BOYS NAMES
Looking for the most common Polish first names for males?
Top Polish names for boys depend on the family preferences. Boys are often named after their long-gone relatives, honoring who they were, but as the times change, so does the fashion of name giving.
Here are the top 10 Polish names - most common Polish boy 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. It is one of traditional Polish names.
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, and which do you feel to be strong Polish boy names?
TOP 10 POLISH GIRLS NAMES
Again, the list of most common Polish girl names will keep changing, but not too much. Polish names for girls are often chosen by looking at the names of one’s family (to honor a grandmother, for example), by the meaning of the name or simply by the way the name sounds.
Here are the most common Polish first names for females as per 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 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.
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 known 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. Polish nicknames for guys work the same way.
And although Poland’s culture is a bit more formal than that of other Slavic countries, introducing yourself by your name’s nickname is not unusual nor is it looked upon as being disrespectful.
Some nicknames even tend to be badass Polish names (sometimes even chosen by the person with the name), to show off your strengths (or insecurities).
POLISH PET NAMES
Pet names in Polish can derive from first names, but don’t have to.
It is not unusual to call someone dear to 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.
FUNNY POLISH FIRST NAMES
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.
Funny Polish names could also be the ones that have been adopted from other cultures or that even come from the modern times - those that sound simply unusual.
ANCIENT POLISH NAMES
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.
POLISH NAME DAY
The culture of a Name Day is also strong in Poland. Poland name day never changes its date. In case there are a 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 funny Polish names do you know? And what name would you give your baby and what is the meaning behind it? Let us know!
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