Polish naming traditions & popular names

If you’re looking for unusual baby name inspiration, look to Poland. In the past it was more common to celebrate the ‘name day’ rather than a birthday…

Names were derived usually from Saints’ days.  Parents consulted the Roman Calendar and looked for a saint’s name whose feast day was on or near the birth of their child.  Often the date chosen was the one closest to the baptism rather than the actual birthday, but usually within three weeks of the birth.

Naming after godparents is another naming practice: in Polish the godfather is known as ‘kmotr’ or ‘kumoter’ and the godmother is called a ‘kumoszka’.

Top 10 most popular Polish names

RankBoy namesGirl names
1JanAnna
2AndrzejMaria
3PiotrKatarzyna
4KrzysztofMalgorzata
5StanislawAgnieszka
6TomaszKrystyna
7PawelBarbara
8JózefEwa
9MarcinElzbieta
10MarekZofia

Popular Polish names for girls and boys

Polish Girl NamesPolish Boy Names
AlbinkaAdam
AldonaAdrian
AlicjaAlbin
AgataAleksander
AnastazjaAleksy
AniaAndrzej
AnielaArmand
AntoninaAntoni
BarbaraArkadiusz
BeataArtur
BozenaAugustyn
DianaBazyli
DorotaBartosz
EdytaBartlomiej
ElwiraBernard
EuzebiaBlazej
EwaBogumil
FelicjaBoguslaw
FranciszkaBonifacy
GizelaCibor
GrazynaCyprian
HalinaDamian
HelenaDarek
IwonaDawid
JanaDominik
JadwigaDaniel
JustynaEdward
JuliaEmil
JudytaEmanuel
JózefaEryk
JolantaFeliks
JakubinaFilip
JaninaFranciszek
JagnaFryderyk
JuliannaGrzegorz
JozefinaGerald
JaroslawaHenryk
JasiaHubert
KordeliaJan
KlotyldaJacek
KingaJanek
KamilaJarek
KarolinaJedrek
KlaudiaJerzy
KalinaJedrus
KleopatraJoachim
KlaraJózef
KasiaKacper
KasienkaKamil
KaskaKazimierz
KasiaKarol
KatarzynaKonrad
KatarinaKlaudiusz
KrystianaKornel
KazimieraKolby
KonstancjaKrzysztof
KrystynaLeon
LeoniaLech
LauraLuboslaw
LarysaLudwik
LidiaLucjan
LilaLukasz
LucynaMaciej
LucjaMaksym
MagdaMaksymilian
MalinaMateusz
MalgosiaMarcin
ManuelaMarek
MarikaMarian
MariannaMichal
MariolaMikolaj
MartaMilosz
MarysiaMariusz
Marzena Norbert
MichalinaOliwier
MonikaPatryk
NadiaPawel
NataliaPiotr
OliwiaPrzemyslaw
OtyliaRafal
PaulinaRobert
PatrycjaRafal
PetronelaRajmund
ReginaRoman
RomaRyszard
SabinaSergiusz
SylwiaStefan
SaraTadeusz
TeresaTeodor
WandaTomasz
WeronikaTomislaw
WiktoriaWaldemar
WiolaWalerian
WieraWojciech
ZenobiaWaclaw
ZofiaZbyszek
ZuzannaZdzislaw
ZytaZygmunt

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