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With themes of strength, stoicism, and religion, Polish baby names are the ideal choice for any parent who sees their child going far in life. This Slavic country has overcome centuries of suffering and emerged stronger – the perfect analogy for a determined child.
Many Polish names also have religious connotations (think Pope John Paul II), while others give a nod to nature. Choose from some of the best-known Polish baby names below to honor this beautiful country.
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If you’re looking for instantly recognizable traditional Polish names, you’re in luck. Each year, the Ministry of Digital Affairs runs a survey on the most popular Polish names, so you can choose from monikers such as:
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Did you notice what those three common Polish girl baby names had in common? That’s right – in Polish, all female names end in the letter A! This follows a popular custom to ‘feminize’ male names, such as with Spanish baby names – think Juan and Juana.
Some of the most popular Polish baby names for girls have their roots in religion, for example:
If this one seems familiar (think Boa Natal in Portuguese), it’s because it means just that – Christmas Day!
This Polish variant of Dorothy means ‘gift of God.’
Rather than a nod to the Christian faith, this variant of Judith means ‘Jewish woman.’
For a shorter and sweeter version of Isabel, Iza means ‘my god is an oath.’
Predictably, as in many other cultures, Polish boy names have themes of masculinity, strength, and war. You can choose from baby names such as:
A variant of the Westernized Alex, this means ‘defender.’
For another short and sweet alternative, Lew means ‘lion.’
This longer Polish boy name means ‘strength.’
With other variants such as Marian and Mariusz, this simply means ‘male.’
If you’re looking for a little more of a rebellious name for your baby boy or girl, you can’t go wrong with:
Still not found quite the right fit? Pick from this list of boys’ and girls’ Polish baby names:
Whether you’re a native or are looking for Polish American baby names (some 2.2 million Poles emigrated to the US), you have a wide choice with varying themes. For more ideas on the best baby names for your little one, why not ask the mamas of Peanut?
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