Polish Girl Names

By Rob Simpson

Poland, a country many considers to be where Slavic (what most would consider as Eastern European) and Western Europe meet. Polish names reflect this by having a mix of both Slavic soft sounding endings to the names for girls, as you will notice that most of the names end in a open vowel sound. However, you will also find several Polish variations of Western European, mostly Germanic names, such as Anna, Helena and so forth. 

Poland and its Religious History

Contrary to popular belief Poland is not located in Eastern Europe; in fact, it is at the very center of Europe, something else people are often surprised by is the fact that Poland borders seven different countries: Russia, Lithuania, Belarus, Slovakia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic and Germany.

Poland is also known to be one of the most religious countries with most of its population adhering to Christianity, or more specifically Roman Catholicism.

Besides being religious, Polish women are also known for being hospitable and well-educated.

Toddler age girl sitting with her smiling mother.

Polish Girl Names and Meanings

Name

Meaning

Alicja

The Polish form of the name Alice which comes from the Old French name Aalis a short form of Adelais, which itself is a short form of the Germanic name Adalheidis. The name Adalheidis combines the elements adal and heid meaning “noble” and “sort, type, kind” giving the meaning “of noble type.”

Angelika

A cognate of the name Angelica, which was derived from the Latin word angelicus, meaning “angelic.” The Latin word was most likely derived from the Greek “angelos” meaning “messenger.”

Angelika

The Polish form of the name Alice which comes from the Old French name Aalis a short form of Adelais, which itself is a short form of the Germanic name Adalheidis. The name Adalheidis combines the elements adal and heid meaning “noble” and “sort, type, kind” giving the meaning “of noble type.”

Beata

This name was derived from the Latin word beatus, meaning “blessed.”

Beatrycze 

 The polish form of the name Beatrix. This name was derived as a feminine form of the Late Latin name Viator which means “voyager, traveler.”

Dosia

 A diminutive form of either the names “Teodozja” or “Dorota” one meaning “giving to God” and the other meaning “gift of God.”

Estera

Polish version of the name Esther, this name might mean “star” in Persian, or it could be derived from the name of the goddess Ishtar.

Filipina

Feminine Polish form of the name Filip, derived from the Greek name “Philippos,” this name means “friend of horses.”

Halina

Polish form of the name Galena, which is a feminine form of the name Galen. This name gets its meaning from the Greek word “galene” which means “calm."

Hania

Polish diminutive of the name Hanna, which in Hebrew means “favor, grace.”

Izabela

Izabela is the Polish form of the name Isabella, which is a Latinate form of the name Isabel.  The name Isabel itself is derived from the name Elizabeth, which means “my God is an oath.”

Jagoda 

In South Slavic, the name Jagoda means “Strawberry,” however in Polish it just means “berry.”

Janina

This name is a Latinate form of the name Jeannine. Originally derived as feminine forms of the name John, the few variations of this name share the same meaning. “to be gracious.”

Kamila

Polish form of the name Camilla, which Is a feminine form of the Roman name Camillus, this name has an unknown meaning, and it is most likely not related to the Latin camillus, meaning “a youth serving in religion.”

Karolina

The Polish spelling of the name Carolina and the feminine form of the Latin name  Carolus, which is the Latin form of the name Charles. It is most likely that the name Charles comes from the Germanic name Karl, which means “man” but another theory says that it is derived from the Germanic name element hari meaning “warrior.”

Kasia

Diminutive of the polish name Katarzyna, which is a polish form of the name Katherine.   This name comes from the Greek name “Aikaterine” which is possibly derived from the name of the Greek goddess “Hecate.” In more recent times this name has been associated with the word “Katharos” meaning “pure.”

Leokadia

The polish form of the name Leocadia, this Late Latin name got its meaning from the Greek word “leukos,” meaning “bright, clear.”

Jagoda 

Polish form of the name Camilla, which Is a feminine form of the Roman name Camillus, this name has an unknown meaning, and it is most likely not related to the Latin camillus, meaning “a youth serving in religion.”

Jagoda 

Polish form of the name Camilla, which Is a feminine form of the Roman name Camillus, this name has an unknown meaning, and it is most likely not related to the Latin camillus, meaning “a youth serving in religion.”

Leokadia

The polish form of the name Leocadia, this Late Latin name got its meaning from the Greek word “leukos,” meaning “bright, clear.”

Lidia

 The Polish spelling of the name “Lydia.” Lydia was a region on the west coast of Asia Minor, and in Greek, this name meant “someone from Lydia.”

Marika

This name is most likely a diminutive form of the name Maria or other names that begin with mari. If this name is in fact derived from the name Maria, then the meaning could be either "sea of bitterness," "rebelliousness," or "wished for child."

Milena 

The feminine form of the Slavic name Milan, which comes from the Slavic element milu, meaning “gracious, dear.”

Miroslawa

The feminine form of the name Miroslaw, which is the Polish spelling of the Slavic name Miroslav. This name is derived from the words miru, meaning “peace, world” and slava meaning “glory.”

Natalia

 The name Natalia is derived From the Latin “natale domini” meaning “the birthday of the Lord” comes the Latin name, Natalia, meaning “Christmas Day.” Natalya is the Russian variant of this name.

Ola 

Polish short form of the name Alexandra, which is the feminine form of the name Alexander. In Greek, this name means “defender of man.”

Oliwia

The Polish spelling of the name Olivia. First seen in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” it is possible that Shakespeare based it on the names “Oliver” or “Oliva.”

Ruta

Polish form of the name Ruth, which is a name derived from the Hebrew word “re’ut” meaning “friend.”

Serafina

 Polish form of the name Seraphina, which is the feminized form of the Late Latin name Seraphinus. This name is derived from the biblical word seraphim, which meant “fiery ones.”

Vonda

This name is the Polish form of the name Wanda, possibly derived from the historical name “wends” which referred to the Slavic people living near Germanic settlements.

Zofia

Polish spelling of the name Sophia, which in Greek meant “wisdom.”

Zuzanna

Polish form of the name Susanna, which is derived from the Greek form of the Hebrew name Shoshannah. Originating from the Hebrew word shoshan, this name means “lily.”

International names with Polish Spelling

In many countries you might notice the most popular names usually use the international spelling, however the popular Polish names use their original spelling such as:

Alicja, Michelina, Natalia, Zofia, Zuzanna and my personal favorite, Karolina. 

You might also come across slightly different variants of these Polish names in the Czech Republic.

Conclusion

Well there you have it, give your beautiful girl a polish name, or impress a beautiful Polish woman by knowing the meaning of her name! If you did not find a name on the list that you like, but find Slavic names appealing, then take a look at our list of Ukrainian girl names, they are quite similar sounding.

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