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Common Polish names and their English equivalents Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in Countries, Culture, family, Kids, Names

Choosing your child’s name is a big decision. After all, he/she’ll be walking around with it for the rest of their life. When deciding on a name, you want to see it from the child’s point of view and how she or he will have to live with it throughout their lives. There’s a lot of pressure in choosing a baby name. It’ll be one of the first things people learn about your child and will be a part of her/his for the rest of life.

A lot of times my friends ask me what specific Polish names mean or what their equivalent in English is.

A lot of these names , unfortunately, do not have English equivalent, or if there is a name that is the most similar, a lot of of people argue if it is an actual equivalent. I gather different Polish names and the closest English equivalents you can find and put it in a list below:)

Aleksander  – Alexander
Anton/Antoni –  Anthony
Bartłomiej  – Bartholomew
Agnieszka –  Agnes
Anastazja – Anastasia
Andrzej  – Andrew
Antonia/Antonina  – Antoinette
Bronisław – Bruno
Bronisława – Bernice, Bertha
Brygida – Bridget
Cecylia  – Cecelia
Czesław – Chester
Dawid – David
Dominik – Dominic
Dorota – Dorothy
Elzbieta – Elizabeth
Emilia – Emily
Ewa – Eva
Felicja – Phyllis
Feliks – Felix
Filip – Philip
Florentyna – Florence
Franciszek – Frank, Francis
Franciszka – Frances (female)
Genowefa – Genevieve
Grzegorz – Gregory
Halina – Helen
Helena – Helen
Henryk – Henry
Henryka – Henrietta
Jadwiga –  Harriet, Hattie
Ignacy – Ignatius
Irina – Irene
Izydor – Isadore
Jakub – Jacob
Jan – John
Jerzy – George
Joanna – Joanne, Jane, Jean, Joan, Jennie
Józef – Joseph
Julia – Juliana Julia, Julie
Karol – Carl, Charles
Kamila – Camille, Camilla
Karolina – Caroline, Charlotte
Katarzyna –  Katherine, Catherine
Klara – Clara, Clare
Klemens – Clement, Clemens
Konstanty –  Constantine
Konstantyna – Constance
Krystyna – Christine, Kristine
Krzysztof – Christopher
Leokadia – Leocadia, Laura
Leon – Leo
Lorenz – Lawrence
Ludwik – Louis
Ludwika – Louise
Łukasz – Lucas, Luke
Maciej – Matthew
Magdalena – Magdalene, Madeline
Malgorzata – Margaret
Marcin – Martin
Marek – Mark
Marianna – Mary
Maria –  Mary
Marta – Martha
Mateusz – Mathias, Matthew
Michal –  Michael
Mieczysław – Michael
Mikolaj  – Nicholas
Paweł – Paul
Pelagia – Pearl, Pauline, Polly, Paula
Piotr  – Peter
Rafał – Ralph
Rajmund – Raymond
Róża – Rose, Rosa
Ryszard – Richard
Salomeja – Salome, Sarah
Szymon – Simon
Stanisław – Stanislaus, Stanley
Stanisława – Stella
Stefan-  Steven, Stephen
Stefania – Stephanie
Sylwester – Sylvester
Tadeusz – Thaddeus, Ted
Tekla – Thecla, Tillie
Teodor – Theodore, Ted
Teodora – Theodora, Dora
Tomasz – Thomas
Wacław – Wenceslaus, Walter
Walentyna – Valentina,
Wawrzyniec – Lawrence
Weronika – Veronica
Wicenty – Wincenty, Vincent
Wiktor – Victor
Zofia – Sofia, Sophie
Zuzanna –  Susanna, Susan
Zygmunt – Sigmund


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About the Author: Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew up in Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.


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  2. Ted Wojtkowski:

    Recently returned from a 5 week holiday to Poland & met cousins from my mothers side. I improved my Polish by completing the Duolingo & Rosetta Stone Courses. Loved speaking Polish and many comments made regarding where in Poland was I born to which I replied Australia – the accent had them confused. They were impressed! Great country with beautiful people .