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220 Polish Baby Names and Meanings

Michele Meleen
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Polish baby names are rooted in deep meaning and have an old-world feel for both boys and girls. Whether you're of Polish descent or just looking for an exotic baby name, there are plenty of choices for you.

Beautiful Polish Names for Girls

All female Polish names end in "a" so they are clearly distinguished from male names. Most Polish names for girls are feminine versions of boy names with the "a" added onto the end.

Most Popular Baby Girl Names in Poland

The most popular baby names in Poland in 2018 include some that are popular internationally and some that are Polish variants of more common names.

  • Aleksandra (a-leh-KSAN-dra): variant of Alexandra, "to defend men"
  • Alicja (a-LYEE-tsya): variant of Alice, "noble type"
  • Amelia (a-MEH-lya): work
  • Hanna (KHAN-na): grace
  • Julia (YOO-lya): downy-bearded
  • Lena (LEH-na): torch
  • Maja (MA-ya): variant of Maia, "good mother"
  • Maria (MAR-ya): unknown
  • Zofia (Zaw-fya): variant of Sophia, "wisdom"
  • Zuzanna (Zoo-ZAN-na): variant of Susanna, "lily"

Common Names for Girls in Poland

While they may not have made it into 2018's top baby names, these names are fairly common in Poland today.

  • Antonina (an-taw-NYEE-na): unknown
  • Iga (EE-ga): war battle
  • Marcelina (mar-tseh-LYEE-na): male
  • Natalia (na-TA-lya): Christmas Day
  • Owliwia (aw-LEE-vya): variant of Olivia, "olive"
  • Pola (PAW-la): unknown
  • Wiktoria (vyeek-TAW-rya): variant of Victoria, "victory"

Polish Versions of Common Names for Girls

If you have an English name you love, but want to make it more unique, you can try out the Polish version for a different sound and spelling.

  • Brygida (bri-GYEE-da): Bridget; exalted one
  • Dorota (daw-RAW-ta): Dorothea; gift of God
  • Elzbieta (elzh-BYEH-ta): Elizabeth; my God is an oath
  • Estera (eh-STEH-ra): Esther; star
  • Hania (KHA-nya): Hanna; grace
  • Ilona (ee-LAW-na): Helen; torch
  • Iwona (ee-VAW-na): Yvon; yew
  • Judyta (yoo-DI-ta): Judith; Jewish woman
  • Melania (meh-LA-nya): Melanie; dark
  • Ruta (ROO-ta): Ruth; friend
  • Weronika (veh-raw-NYEE-ka): Veronica; true image
  • Wioleta (vyaw-LEH-ta): Violet; purple flower
  • Zaklina (zhak-LYEE-na): Jaqueline; supplanter
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Short and Cute Polish Names for Girls

Polish short names for girls are strong and pretty at the same time. If you like the idea of using a nickname for a first name, almost all Polish girl names have a common shortened version.

  • Ada (A-da; "a" as in "cat"): noble
  • Agatka (a-GAKH-ta): good
  • Aldona (al-DAW-na): unknown
  • Aneta (a-NEH-ta): grace
  • Asia (A-sha): Yahweh is gracious
  • Basia (BA-sha): foreign
  • Bogna (BAWG-na): given by God
  • Dosia (DAW-zya): giving to God
  • Edyta (eh-DI-ta): war fortune
  • Gaja (GA-ya): earth
  • Gosia (GAW-sha): pearl
  • Iza (EE-za): my God is an oath
  • Jola (YAW-la): violet
  • Kasia (KA-sha): unknown
  • Kinga (KYEENG-ga): family war
  • Ola (AW-la): defender of men
  • Zyta (ZIH-ta): little girl

Long Polish Girl Names

Beautiful long names for baby girls in Polish are unique and elegant.

  • Adelajda (a-deh-LIE-da): noble type
  • Agnieszka (ag-NYEH-shka): chaste
  • Aniela (a-NYEH-la): messenger
  • Benedykta (beh-neh-DIK-ta): blessed
  • Danuta (da-NOO-ta): God is my judge
  • Dobromila (doh-broh-mil-uh): good dear
  • Ewelina (eh-veh-LYEE-na): desired
  • Gwenoefa (geh-naw-VEH-fa): unknown
  • Grazyna (gra-ZHI-na): beautiful
  • Halina (kha-LEE-na): calm
  • Jagienka (ya-GYEHN-ka): chaste
  • Leokadia (leh-aw-KA-dya): bright
  • Michalena (myee-kha-LYEE-na): who is like God?

Old-Fashioned and Traditional Polish Names for Girls

Naming trends in Poland change over the years just like anywhere else. These names were common in decades passed.

  • Agata (a-GA-ta): good
  • Beata (beh-A-ta): blessed
  • Bronisława (braw-nyee-SWA-va): protection and glory
  • Elżbeta (elzh-BEH-ta): my God is an oath
  • Jadwiga (yad-VYEE-ga): battle war
  • Katarzyna (ka-ta-ZHI-na): unknown
  • Magdalena (mag-da-LEH-na): from Magdal
  • Małgorzata (mow-gaw-ZHA-ta): pearl
  • Renata (reh-NA-ta): born again
  • Władysawa (vwa-di-SWA-va): rule glory

Medieval Slavic Names for Girls

Slavic culture includes Poland and these Medieval names are about as original as names can get.

  • Bozhena (bah-jen-ah): divine
  • Desislava (deh-see-slah-vah): ten glory
  • Elena (i-LYEH-nə): torch
  • Lyudmila (lyuwd-MYEE-lə): gracious people
  • Militsa (mee-lit-sah): gracious
  • Radoslava (ra-DAW-swaf-a): happy glory
  • Tomislava (toh-mee-SLA-və): torture and glory
  • Yaroslava (yi-ru-SLA-və): fierce and glorious

Rare Slavic Names for Girls

Names get lost or mistranslated throughout history, but you can bring them back when you choose a unique baby name such as rare Slavic names.

  • Alfreda (al-FREH-da): elf counsel
  • Augustyna (ow-goo-STI-na): exalted
  • Boleslawa (baw-leh-SWA-va): greater glory
  • Eligia (eh-LEE-gya): to choose
  • Eunika (ew-NYEE-ka): good victory
  • Felicyta (feh-lee-TSI-ta): good fortune
  • Filipina (fee-lee-PEE-na): friend of horses
  • Izolda (ee-ZAWL-da): unknown
  • Jagusia (ya-GOO-sha): chaste
  • Jaroslawa (ya-raw-SWA-va): fierce and glorious
  • Kunegunda (koo-neh-GOON-da): family war
  • Lada (Leh-dih): Slavic fertility goddess, meaning unknown
  • Morana (mor-an-na): goddess of death, "death"
  • Mokosh (MOH-kosh): Slavic goddess of weaving, women, water and fertility, "wet"
  • Ziva (Zee-vah): Slavic goddess of life, "alive"
  • Zula (zwla): lily

Handsome Polish Names for Boys

Polish boys' names almost never end in a vowel. The hard sounding endings to the names give them all a strong and powerful vibe. The most popular Polish names over time tend to be Polish derivatives of Christian baby names and Hebrew baby names.

Most Popular Baby Boy Names in Poland

The most popular baby boy names in Poland in 2018 represent a bit of the old and the new.

  • Aleksander (a-leh-KSAN-dehr): variant of Alexander, "to defend men"
  • Antoni (an-TAW-nyee): variant of Anthony, unknown meaning
  • Filip (FYEE-lyeep): variant of Philip, "friend of horses"
  • Franciszek (fran-CHEE-shehk): variant of Francis, "Frenchman"
  • Jakub (YA-koop): variant of Jacob, "supplanter"
  • Jan (YAN): "Yahweh is gracious"
  • Kacper (KATS-pehr): variant of Jasper, "treasurer"
  • Mikolaj (myee-KAW-wie): variant of Nicholas, "victory of the people"
  • Szymon (SHI-mawn): variant of Simon, "he has heard"
  • Wojciech (VOI-chekh): original Slavic name, "soldier's joy"

Common Names for Boys in Poland

Although they aren't in the top baby names for boys, these names are relatively common in Poland for boys.

  • Ignacy (eeg-NA-tsi): unknown
  • Leon (LEH-awn): lion
  • Marcel (MAR-tsehl): male
  • Nikodem (nyee-KAW-dehm): victory of the people
  • Piotr (PYAWTR): stone
  • Stanislaw (sta-NYEE-swaf): become glory
  • Tymon (TI-mawn): to honor
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Polish Versions of Common Names for Boys

Keep the meaning of your favorite common boy name, but give it an uncommon twist when you choose the Polish spelling and pronunciation.

  • Andrzej (AN-jay): Andrew; "manly"
  • Brajan (BRIE-an): Brian; unknown meaning
  • Dawid (DA-vyeet): David; beloved
  • Eliasz (EHL-yash): Elijah; my God is Yahweh
  • Grzegorz (GZHEH-gawsh): Gregory; watchful
  • Iwan (EE-van): Ivan, Yahweh is gracious
  • Janusz (YA-noosh): John, Yahweh is gracious
  • Jerzy (YEH-zhi): George; farmer

Short and Strong Polish Names for Boys

Short Polish names for boys sound strong because they tend to start and end with a consonant.

  • Aleksy (a-LEH-ksi): defender
  • Alojzy (a-LOI-zi): famous battle
  • Anatol (a-NA-tawl): sunrise
  • Bartek (BAR-tehk): son of Talmai
  • Blazej (BWA-zhay): lisping
  • Borys (BAW-ris): short or wolf
  • Darek (DA-rehk): to possess good
  • Gawel (GA-vew): rooster
  • Iwo (EE-vaw): yew
  • Jacek (YA-tsehk): hyacinth
  • Julek (YOO-lehk): downy-bearded
  • Kamil (KA-myeel): unknown
  • Krzys (KSHISH): bearing Christ
  • Kuba (KOO-ba): supplanter
  • Lew (LEHF): lion
  • Leslaw (LEH-swaf): glory
  • Lucjan (LOO-tsyan): light
  • Marcin (MAR-cheen): male
  • Narcyz (NAR-tsis): sleep
  • Olek (AW-lehk): defender of man
  • Raclaw (RA-tswaf): happy glory
  • Roch (RAWKH): rest
  • Tytus (TI-toos): unknown
  • Wit (VYEET): life
  • Zenon (ZEH-nawn): shine

Long Polish Boy Names

Rulers, saints, and other powerful men tend to have long names that describe their personality and leadership style. These long Polish names for boys can say a lot about your little guy.

  • Apolinary (a-paw-lyee-NA-ri): strength
  • Boguslaw (baw-GOO-swaf): glory of God
  • Bonifacy (baw-nyee-FA-tsi): good fate
  • Czeslaw (CHEHS-waf): honor and glory
  • Felicjan (feh-LYEE-tsyan): lucky
  • Hipolit (khee-PAW-lyeetv): freer of horses
  • Ireneusz (ee-reh-NEH-oosh): peaceful
  • Jaropelk (ya-RAW-pewk): fierce people
  • Kajetan (ka-YEH-tan): from Gaeta
  • Kondrat (KAWN-drat): brave counsel
  • Maurycy (mow-RI-tsi): dark-skinned
  • Mieczyslaw (myeh-CHI-swaf): sword glory
  • Przemek (PSHEH-mehk): trick
  • Remigiusz (reh-MYEE-gyoosh): oarsman
  • Ryszard (RI-shart): brave power
  • Walenty (va-LEHN-ti): strong

Old-Fashioned and Traditional Polish Boy Names

Polish boys names that were popular in the past were often passed down from generation to generation as a family name. Maybe one of these old-fashioned baby names can become a new tradition in your family.

  • Bolesław (baw-LEH-swaf): greater glory
  • Dariusz (DA-ryoosh): to possess good
  • Henryk (KHEHN-rik): home ruler
  • Józef (YOO-zehf): he will add
  • Kazimierz (ka-ZHEE-myesh): to destroy peace
  • Krzysztof (KSHI-shtawf): bearing Christ
  • Ludwik (LOOD-vyeek): famous battle
  • Maciej (MA-chay): gift of Yahweh
  • Marek (MA-rehk): male
  • Marian (MA-ryan): male
  • Mariusz (MA-ryoosh): male
  • Paweł (PA-vew): humble
  • Stefan (STEH-fan): crown
  • Tomasz (TAW-mash): twin
  • Walerian (va-LEH-ryan): to be strong
  • Władysław (vwa-DI-swaf): rule glory
  • Zdzisław (ZHJEE-swaf): build glory
  • Zygmunt (ZIG-moont): victory protector

Medieval Slavic Names for Boys

Bring out the inner warrior in your baby boy with a Medieval Slavic name.

  • Athanasi (ah-tah-nah-zee): immortal
  • Blazh (Blahj): blessed, happy
  • Bogdan (BAWG-dan): given by God
  • Borivoi (boh-jee-voy): battle soldier
  • Bozho (boh-joh): divine
  • Chedomir (cheh-doh-mir): peaceful child
  • Dragomir (drah-goh-mir): precious world
  • Georgei (unknown): variant of George, "farmer"
  • Kresimir (KRE-shee-mir): spark peace
  • Liudevit (lyee-uh-deh-vit): master of the people
  • Milosh (mee-lohsh): gracious
  • Mirche (MEER-cheh): peace
  • Moimir (MOY-mir): my world
  • Pridbor (PREED-bor): first battle
  • Tikhomir (tee-ho-mir): quiet world
  • Vasilli (VUH-see-lee): king
  • Vitislav (veet-ee-slahv): master glory
  • Vladimeru (vlad-ee-meh-roo): variant of Vladimir, famous rule
  • Yarognev (ih-ar-ohg-nehv): fierce anger
  • Zbignev (ZBYEEG-nyehf): to dispel anger
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Slavic Mythology Names for Boys

Slavic mythology features many male characters, but few females. Start your baby boy off with ultimate power when you give him a god name.

  • Byelobog (beye-ell-uh-bohg): Slavic god of the sun, "the white god"
  • Chernobog (chair-nuh-bohg): Slavic god of darkness, "the black god"
  • Dazhdbog (dazz-d-bohg): Slavic god of light, "the giving god"
  • Lech (LEKH): Slavic legendary founder of the Polish people
  • Perun (Pah-roon): Slavic god of lightning, "thunder"
  • Stribog (stree-bohg): Slavic god of wind, "flowing god"
  • Svarog (svah-rohg): Slavic god of the sky, "bright"
  • Svetovid (sveh-toh-veed): Slavic god of war, "blessed view"
  • Volos (vah-lohz): Slavic god of cattle, "ox"

Rare Slavic Names for Boys

Rare Slavic baby boy names tend to have a softer, more feminine sound to them. If you're looking for a gender neutral name, these might be great options since there are no unisex Polish names.

  • Ambrozy (am-BRAW-zhi): immortal
  • Bazyli (ba-ZI-lyee): king
  • Bratumil (bra-TOO-meew): dear brother
  • Cibor (CHEE-bawr): honor battle
  • Cyprian (TSI-pryan): from Cyprus
  • Dobrogost (daw-BRAW-gawst): good guest
  • Donat ( DAW-nat): given
  • Jozafat (yaw-ZA-fat): Yahweh has judged
  • Lubomierz (loo-BAW-myesh): love world
  • Metody (meh-TAW-di): with road
  • Milogost (mee-WAW-gawst): gracious guest
  • Serafin (seh-RA-fyeen): fiery ones
  • Uriasz (OOR-yash): Yahweh is my light

Polish Names for Everyone

While Polish naming traditions and laws dictate strict guidelines about baby names, you are free to adapt these names to your customs and preferences. Because of their strong name meanings, Polish names are great options for anyone in need of a special name.

220 Polish Baby Names and Meanings