Czech naming traditions & popular names

Looking for baby naming inspiration? Each day of the Czech calendar has a designated name, with a person’s ‘name day’ being celebrated as a second birthday…

The ‘name day’ is celebrated on the date corresponding to a person’s own first name. Although somewhat less important than a birthday, a name day is an occasion to get together with friends and co-workers for a celebration and to go out for a meal.  Presents given are chocolates, a bottle of something strong and fresh-cut flowers, which must always be given in odd numbers for happy occasions.

Top 10 most popular Czech names

RankBoy namesGirl names
1JanTereza
2JakubEliška
3TomášAdéla
4AdamNatálie
5OndrejAnna
6MartinKarolína
7FilipKristýna
8LukášAneta
9VojtechNikola
10MatejKaterina

Czech names for boys and girls

NameGenderMeaning
AnezkaGirlpure, chaste, a form of Agnes
BedrichBoyruler of peace
BedrichBoya peaceful ruler
BeliaGirlwhite
BenesBoyblessed
BetaGirldedicated to God
BojanekBoywar
BoleslavBoygreat glory
BorivojBoygreat soldier
BozidarBoygift from God
BrandeisBoydweller on a burned clearing
BratislavBoyglorious brother
BuciacBoythick
CapekBoylittle stork
CapekaGirllittle stork
CermakBoyrobin
CermakaGirlrobin
CernyBoyblack
CtiborBoyan honourable fight.
CtislavBoyglorious honour
DamekBoyearth
DanaBoy or GirlGod is my judge
DobromirBoygood fame
DobroslavBoygood glory
DusanBoythe soul, the spirit
DusanaGirla soul
DuysekBoyspirit.
EliskaGirltruthful
EvzenBoyof noble birth
EvzenekBoywell born
FanousekBoyFrenchman.
FerdaBoybrave
FrantisekBoyFrenchman
FrantiskaGirlfree
GreguskaBoywatchful
HnedyBoybrown
HonzaBoygift from God
HrusoskyBoydwells near the pear tree
HudakBoyblond
IvanaGirlGod is gracious
JakubBoythe supplanter
JanalynnGirlvariant of John; wife of Janus
JanekBoyGod has been gracious
JanicaGirlvariant of John; wife of Janus
JannahGirlvariant of John; wife of Janus
JiriBoyCzech form of George
JozkaBoyGod will multiply
KafkaBoybird
KalenaGirla flower and place name
KamilBoy or Girla Roman family name
KamilaGirlnoble
KarelBoy or GirlA free person. A boy or girl’s name.
KaterinaGirlpure
KazimirBoythe great destroyer
KralBoyking
KramorisBoymerchant
KrasavaGirlbeautiful
KrystinaGirla Christian
KubasBoythe supplanter
KusnerBoyfurrier
LidaGirla woman from Lydia; cultured
MarenkaGirlbitter
MarjetaGirlpearl
MartinekBoywarring
MiklosBoyCzech form of Nicholas
MilaGirlindustrious
MiladaGirlmy love
MilanBoythe favoured or beloved one
MilenaGirlthe favoured one
MilosBoyfavoured
MirekBoyPesce
MirkaGirltranquil
MiroslavaGirltranquil
MlynarBoymiller
NadezdaGirlone with hope
NovakBoynewcomer
OldrichBoyone with riches and power
OlexaGirlfeminine of Alexander
OndrusBoymanly
OtikBoywealthy
OtkaGirllucky
RadekBoyglad
RaynaGirla queen
RybaGirlfish
StromBoystream; tree
TomasBoya twin, a form of Thomas.
VavrinBoylaurel
VerushkaGirltrue, faith
VieraGirltrue, faith
ViktorBoythe conqueror
VilemBoya strong and resolute protector
ZdenekBoyone from Sidon, a winding sheet
ZelenkaGirllittle innocent one
ZuzaGirlgraceful lily
ZuzanaGirla lily

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