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Girls' names popular in Poland yesterday and today. See what names our daughters and grandmothers gave to daughters!


The name is an inseparable element of everyone's identity, which has been with us practically since the dawn of humanity. The task of the name is not only to distinguish one person from another, as well giving the unit a sense of individuality and uniqueness. Interestingly, the name is the first thing that a baby recognizes. In the past it was also believed that the name contains part of the soul of man and therefore he was not betrayed to enemies and strangers.

Names change over the centuries, sometimes they are fashionable that refer to our tradition, while in turn parents choose names that are currently in fashion and with nice sound, not necessarily having Polish roots.

What names for girls were the most popular in our country and how has this changed in recent years?

Popular names for girls in the 19th century who chose our great and great grandmothers

XIX century this is the time of partitions when Poland is not on the maps of Europe. It is also a period of romanticism and positivism, when Poles intensively seek their national identity and want to save their history from oblivion. These aspirations can be seen not only in the Polish literature popular at that time, but also in the names that people from that period bear. During this period, there is a visible tendency to searching for old Slavic names placed in old books.

Our great-great-grandmothers living in the 19th century willingly reach forraditional, Slavic names, which they then give their daughters. In this way, long-given names for girls, such as e.g. Bolesław, Bronisław, Dobrosław and Miłosław. Slavic names for girls are also more and more accepted by the Church and contemporary priests willingly baptize them with children, thus contributing to the consolidation of Polish national identity.
Popular female names in the nineteenth century, however, are not only Old Slavic names, but also beautiful Polish names such as Maria, Zofia, Anna and Marianna.

Names for girls in the 20th century - borrowings from other languages

The last century is a time when traditional Polish names lose their meaning a little, especially in its second half. In the twentieth century can be observed the tendency to give girls names borrowed from other Western European countries. These include such names as Joanna, Janina, Żanna and Żaneta. They all come from French language. Also popular in this period are female names taken from English, Russian and German. However, they occur in the company of traditional Polish names, from which our grandmothers and mothers most often chose for their daughters such names as Maria, Krystyna, Anna and Katarzyna.

Of the twentieth century and its second half is also the intensive development of the press, television and radio. This contributes to the increase in popularity foreign names, which to meet the requirements of Polish law are also quite often Polish. These include, for example, names for girls such as Dżesika, Nikola, Klaudia. Admittedly, these names do not have Polish roots, and yet there were years in which they were very often given to daughters.

The most popular female names in 2017 - the renaissance of classic Polish names

As you can see, the fashion for names changes from generation to generation. However, one can observe a tendency in it. They come back to grace from time to time classic names, rooted in Polish culture and tradition. These include such names for girls as Maria, Ewa, Anna, Katarzyna and Aleksandra. Nowadays, we are more and more eager to give daughters such traditional names. In 2017, the most popular girl names are:

susan
julia
Lena
May
Hannah

As can be seen from the above list, modern parents give their daughters classic and nice-sounding names in Polish. How long this trend will continue - we will find out in a few years.