We want to name our baby Penelope but we can’t decide on a nickname? Help!
Whether you’ve got Polish heritage or are just looking for something a little different, Polish girl names come with hundreds of variants to suit your baby daughter. Many Polish baby names stem from religion such as Christianity and Judaism, or from nature – in particular, Polish female names.
Choose from a range of Polish women names or something more traditional to pay homage to this beautiful Slavic country.
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First things first – you may have heard that Polish names for girls all end in A. It’s true! This is often because they are the feminized version of male names. This is a custom that’s common in other cultures, for example in Portuguese with Paolo and Paola.
It’s no surprise, then, that Antoni is the most popular name in Poland, and has a female derivative, Antonina. In fact, some of the most popular male Polish names cross over into the female list, for example:
Straight away, we can see many similarities between female Polish names and English variants, making these an unusual variant and unique choice for your daughter. In fact, the most common Polish girl names are close ‘cognates’ with English variants, such as:
We can see that Julia has the same spelling as the English variant, but in Polish the J is pronounced like a Y. Julia means ‘youthful.’
Without a diacritic, Zs are pronounced the same in Polish as they are in English – so we have the Polish variant of Susanna. There are also Hebrew variants such as Shoshana. This biblical name means ‘lily.’
Akin to the English Sofia, this means ‘wisdom’ and has a similar pronunciation to Zuzanna.
Though missing the final H due to Polish naming customs, this one is very similar, and means ‘full of grace.’
Just as J becomes Y in Polish, we see Maya spelt Maja. This means ‘splendid’ or ‘from God.’
As with Wiktor, the letter V often becomes W in Polish, giving rise to the name Oliwia – or ‘olive tree.’
If you want to avoid popular Polish girl names, you can try something a little different. Many rarer Polish girl names go against the custom of timid, beautiful imagery – instead, tending to favor masculine, war-like meanings. For example, we have:
You really are spoilt for choice with this beautiful language, so if you’ve not found the right baby name just yet, try one of these:
The beauty of the Polish language is that there are so many baby girl names and meanings. You can pay tribute to history or go for something a little more modern that works with English cognates.
Whatever you choose, why not ask the mamas of Peanut what they think?
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