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Popular Childrens Names in Poland

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Have you ever wondered what the most popular names in Poland are?

Well here are two lists detailing the most commonly given names in use by 6 year old children starting at schools in Poland this year:

Popular Boys Names

1 – Jakub
2 – Kacper
3 – Filip
4 – Jan
5 – Szymon
6 – Michał
7 - Wojciech
8 – Antoni
9 – Mateusz
10 – Adam
11 – Bartosz
12 – Igor

Popular Girls Names

1 – Julia
2 – Maja
3 – Lena
4 – Zuzanna
5 – Wiktoria
6 – Amelia
7 – Oliwia
8 – Aleksandra
9 – Natalia
10 – Zofia
11 – Hanna
12 – Nikola

These are not all necessarily traditional Polish names but the list is a snapshot of the most popular names being registered in Poland six years ago. Fashions change as television and pop celebrities come and go and as a result the ranking of names may be slightly different today. However, a child born in Poland today has a very good chance of being given one of the names above.

Related content on the Polish Poland website:
The most common names in Poland – all ages, both genders.
The most common Polish surnames in use in Poland today.

Names in Poland

polish names

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.