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Names in Poland

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In Poland it is required by law for a given name to clearly indicate the person’s gender. Registering names, which do not appear on an official list of names is also problematic or even impossible.

As in other European countries children usually take the surnames of their fathers. It is though becoming popular to take two surnames (one from each parent). For example, Walczak-Bukiewicz, Walczak from the father and Bukiewicz from the mother. Female spouses often have hyphenated surnames, the first part her maiden name, the second the surname of her husband. It is extremely rare for women not to take their husband’s surname. Similarly, children generally do not take the mother’s surname, except as in a double-barrelled surname.

Most confusingly for non-Polish speakers is, perhaps, that females who take their husband’s surname may take a feminized form of the name. The wife of Mr Kowalski may be Mrs Kowalska. Polish surnames also take different endings according to a complex set of declensions. Mr Kowalski and Mrs Kowalski together become Mr and Mrs Kowalscy.

Name Day Dates – November – Poland

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Here we have a fairly comprehensive list of the Christian names / given names / first names used in Poland together with the date(s) on which their ‘name day’ can be celebrated during November.

November 1 – Konradyn, Seweryn, Andrzej, Warcisław, Wiktoryna, Konradyna, Nikola, Cyrenia
November 2 – Wiktoryn, Ambroży, Stomir, Małgorzata, Tobiasz, Bogdana, Teodot, Wojsław, Wojsława, Agapiusz
November 3 – Sylwia, Huberta, Chwalisław, Hubert, Marcin, Bogumił, Cezary
November 4 – Karolina, Dżesika, Emeryk, Olgierd, Modesta, Witalis, Mojżesz, Emeryka, Perpetua, Joannicjusz
November 5 – Florian, Trofima, Marek, Sławomir, Blandyna, Blandyn, Dalemir, Elżbieta
November 6 – Feliks, Leonard, Trzebowit, Daniela, Teobald
November 7 – Ernest, Karyna, Amaranta, Melchior, Przemił, Antoni, Florentyn, Engelbert, Gizbert, Żelibrat, Ingarda, Florencjusz, Florenty
November 8 – Sędziwoj, Sewerian, Adrian, Wiktoryn, Godfryd, Wiktoria, Seweryn, Marcin, Klaudiusz, Wiktor
November 9 – Genowefa, Teodor, Bogodar, Teodora, Ursyn, Nestor
November 10 – Probus, Nimfa, Stefan, Andrzej, Leon, Leona, Ludomir, Uniebog
November 11 – Jozafat, Teodor, Marcin, Spycisław, Bartłomiej, Maciej, Anastazja
November 12 – Jozafat, Marcin, Mateusz, Witold, Jonasz, Renata, Cibor, Czcibor, Renat, Arsacjusz
November 13 – Brykcjusz, Walentyn, Eugeniusz, Stanisław, Liwia, Augustyna, Mikołaj, Jan, Arkadiusz
November 14 – Elżbieta, Wszerad, Józef, Antyd, Serapion, Klementyn, Judyta, Laurenty, Kosma, Lewin, Damian, Agryppa, Teodot, Maria, Paweł
November 15 – Alfons, Idalia, Leopold, Leopoldyna, Roger, Albert, Przybygniew, Artur
November 16 – Ariel, Otmar, Aureliusz, Audomar, Niedamir, Dionizy, Gertruda, Edmund, Agnieszka
November 17 – Jozafat, Hugo, Karolina, Palmira, Zbysław, Floryn, Zacheusz, Grzegorz
November 18 – Leonard, Aniela, Otto, Tomasz, Cieszymysł, Filipina, Karolina, Roman, Gabriela, Józefa, Agnieszka
November 19 – Elżbieta, Paweł, Seweryn, Mironiega, Salomea, Kryspin, Małowid, Barbara
November 20 – Feliks, Maksencja, Ampeliusz, Hieronim, Sędzimir, Edmund, Anatol, Oktawia, Oktawiusz, Sylwester, Sylwestra, Fortunata, Agapiusz
November 21 – Janusz, Twardosław, Maria, Elwira, Albert, Rufus, Regina, Konrad, Wiesław, Heliodor
November 22 – Cecylia, Marek, Maur, Wszemiła
November 23 – Klemens, Adela, Przedwoj, Erast, Orestes, Felicyta, Fotyna
November 24 – Dobrosław, Pęcisław, Gerard, Emilia, Flora, Franciszek, Jan, Felicjana, Felicjanna, Agnieszka
November 25 – Katarzyna, Tęgomir, Piotr
November 26 – Leonard, Sylwester, Dobiemiest, Delfin, Lechosława, Lechosław, Jan, Konrad, Sylwestra, Piotr
November 27 – Wirgiliusz, Jozafat, Zygfryd, Gustaw, Dominik, Damazy, Zygfryda, Oda, Walery, Maksymilian, Sekundyn
November 28 – Grzegorz, Lesław, Zdzisław, Gościrad, Lesława, Jakub, Rufin, Ginter, Guncerz, Gunter, Kwieta, Berta
November 29 – Klementyna, Błażej, Bolemysł, Przemysł, Fryderyk,
November 30 – Zbysława, Andrzej, Justyna, Konstancjusz

Other dates for Polish name days to follow as time goes by …

Related content on Polish Poland: The Name Day tradition in Poland.

Common Names in Poland

Here is a list of the most common first names in Poland.  This is for all ages and both genders and gathered from official sources.  Top of the list goes to the Christian name in use by the most people in Poland. Compare this with our list of the most popular names given to children today.

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Male

1 – Jan
2 – Andrzej
3 – Piotr
4 – Krzysztof
5 – Stanislaw
6 – Tomasz
7 – Pawel
8 – Josef
9 – Marcin
10 – Marek
11 – Michal
12 – Grzegorz

Female

1 – Anna
2 – Maria
3 – Katarzyna
4 – Malgorzata
5 – Agnieszka
6 – Krystyna
7 – Barbara
8 – Ewa
9 – Elzbieta
10 – Zofia
11 – Janina
12 – Teresa

Related webpage on Polish Poland: Most common Polish surnames.

Surnames / Family Names in Poland

Have you ever wondered what the most common Polish surnames are?

Here are the top twenty surnames / family names in Poland. They are ranked in order of the number of people using the name in Poland today.

1 – Nowak / NOWAK
2 – Kowalska / KOWALSKI
3 – Wisniewska / WIŚNIEWSKI
4 – Wojcik
5 – Kowalczyk
6 – Kaminska / KAMINSKI
7 – Lewandowska / LEWANDOWSKI
8 – Szymanska / SZYMAŃSKI
9 – Zielenzka / ZIELIŃSKI
10 – Wozniak
11 – Dabrowska / DĄBROWSKI
12 – Kozlowska / KOZLOWSKI
13 – Jankowska / JANKOWSKI
14 – Mazur
15 – Wojciechowska / WOJCIECHOWSKI
16 – Kwiatkowska / KWIATKOWSKI
17 – Krawczyk
18 – Kaczmerek
19 – Piotrowska / PIOTROWSKI
20 – Grabowska / GRABOWSKI

In Polish the ending of some surnames changes depending on whether the person is male or female. So for example, a female member of one family would be PAWŁOWSKA whereas her husband would have the name PAWŁOWSKI.

Related pages on Polish Poland:
The most common first names in Poland, all ages, both genders.
The most popular names given to Polish children today.

Polish surnames

Name Days in Poland

Polish ‘name days’ are a Catholic tradition where the ‘feast day’ of the saint becomes a celebration day for Poles that share the same name. They were for many years considered more important than birthdays. This though is changing with the celebration of birthdays becoming increasingly popular. Name day celebrations (Imieniny) involve the gathering of friends and family at the celebrant’s home, as well as the giving of gifts. Polish calendars often contain the names associated with each day.

If you’d like to see a list of Polish names and the dates on which that name has their ‘name day’ follow the link below to a page on our original website. Common names get a choice of date!

Polish Name Days

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