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Does the name Boleslaw have an English equivalent?


polam 5 | 11  
31 Jan 2009 /  #1
Does the name Boleslaw have an English equivalent? I have been told it could be translated as William. Is that true?
Bzibzioh  
31 Jan 2009 /  #2
Nooo.
Bartolome 2 | 1,085  
31 Jan 2009 /  #3
I have been told it could be translated as William.

Someone was taking the pi$$ of you. It translates into English as Mildred.
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
31 Jan 2009 /  #4
Bolesław could become Bolek only I think
childwithin 8 | 136  
31 Jan 2009 /  #5
i didn't think it was william too, but it says so on the internet, also it means large glory from a slavic origin
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446  
1 Feb 2009 /  #6
English equivalent is Boleslaus. In the US Polonia some people called Bolesaław were called Bill at work, and that is short for William.
jpaval  
8 Feb 2009 /  #7
Well, in the Detroit area, in the United States, in the early 1900s, Poles who americanized the first name Boleslaw often changed it to "Walter", not William.

I've seen this more than once when tracing relatives through different documentary sources like city directories, u.s. census records, and draft registrations.

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