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Help with Polish Nicknames / Diminutive Names


Eva_K 5 | 34  
18 Sep 2008 /  #1
Hello. I understand that in Polish culture most first names (given names) have a diminutive/nickname version (e.g: Antoni = Antek; Mieczyslaw = Mietek; Boleslaw = Bolek, etc.)

Can you please help me to find Polish diminutive nicknames for these common given names? Thank you!

MALE NAMES:

Samuel

Michael

FEMALE NAMES:

Barbara

Lucia (Lusia)

Janina
nikttaki 5 | 62  
18 Sep 2008 /  #2
Hi,
hmmm... that's not an easy task! I can only think of one: Barbara would be Baśka.
Cheers.
benszymanski 8 | 465  
18 Sep 2008 /  #3
Would it be possible to say Samuelek and Michaelek?

What about making Janinka from Janina?

Or do they just sound silly?
nikttaki 5 | 62  
18 Sep 2008 /  #4
Hmmm, Michałek sounds like small Michał, it's OK.
Samuelek and Janinka - sounds a bit artificial in my opinion...
OP Eva_K 5 | 34  
18 Sep 2008 /  #5
Thank you, both, for your help with these names!

Just so I am clear, "Michał" is in fact the Polish of "Michael"?

Would it be correct for a Samuel - or Szmuel - to have the nickname of "Mulek"?

I believe the name "Jadzia" is a nickname for "Jadwiga"(?) Could it also be for someone with the name "Janina"?

Any help with the Polish nicknames for Samuel, Lucia (or is it "Lusia" in Polish?), Janina, etc. will be appreciated.
McCoy 27 | 1,268  
18 Sep 2008 /  #6
janina is jasia and jania, jusia is a diminutive version of justyna and i've no idea about sam. it's not popular name in Polska.
OP Eva_K 5 | 34  
18 Sep 2008 /  #7
Thanks, McCoy! How about the name "Lucia" (or "Lusia")?
McCoy 27 | 1,268  
18 Sep 2008 /  #8
Lucyna
Switezianka - | 463  
18 Sep 2008 /  #9
Janina - Janka
Barbara - Basia

Samuel - I wouldn't try to make a nickname out of it
Michael - is not a Polish name at all. The Polish equivalent is Michał and it's diminutive is Michaś, but it's good only for a little boy. You usually don't use nicknames for this name

Lusia is a nickname of Lucyna
OP Eva_K 5 | 34  
18 Sep 2008 /  #10
Thank you McCoy and Switezianka for your replies! These are all family names. My great-Aunt was named Lusia (Lucia). She was born in Poland, but in the USA she was called "Lucille" or "Lucy" (I think "Lusia" sounds much better!)

There was another relative called Jadzia, but I don't know her proper name. (She is from four generations ago and family stories only call her "Jadzia"). There is a "Janina" in the family, also, so I thought maybe the first relative's proper name might have been Janina, too, but called Jadzia as a nickname. Or maybe her name was "Jadwiga". Sadly, I don't have any records to say what her proper name was.

There was a great-Uncle called "Mulek" (or something that sounds like this). I suspected it might be a diminutive of "Samuel", but now I just don't know. Family stories abound. I just wish someone wrote down the proper names.

(Note to anyone preparing a family history: Please write down all the names - proper, nickname and surname - for your next generations!)

Thanks again, and any more help is appreciated!
McCoy 27 | 1,268  
18 Sep 2008 /  #11
Jadzia "Jadwiga"

correct

Janina - Janka
Barbara - Basia

Samuel - I wouldn't try to make a nickname out of it
Michael - is not a Polish name at all. The Polish equivalent is Michał and it's diminutive is Michaś, but it's good only for a little boy. You usually don't use nicknames for this name

Lusia is a nickname of Lucyna

yeah smartass, thanks for repeating what was already written above ;]
colmclrk - | 2  
5 Nov 2008 /  #12
Can anyone tell me what the diminutive is for £ukasz ?

Colmclrk
OP Eva_K 5 | 34  
6 Nov 2008 /  #13
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According to an online site about Polish names,
"Lukaszek" and "£ukaś" are listed as most common diminutives for £ukasz.

See: bazy.hoga.pl/imion_opisy.asp?imie=£ukasz
Marek 4 | 867  
6 Nov 2008 /  #14
Salomon = Salek, Karol = Lolek, Konrad = Radek itd....
colmclrk - | 2  
7 Nov 2008 /  #15
dziękuję bardzo Eva_K
Guest  
19 May 2009 /  #16
How about the diminutive for Danika? Any one with an idea?
pgtx 29 | 3,144  
19 May 2009 /  #17
Daniczka-doniczka
;)
osiol 55 | 3,921  
19 May 2009 /  #18
pgtx - flowerpot
Ksysia 25 | 430  
19 May 2009 /  #19
MALE NAMES:

Samuel - Samcio, Samek, Mulek też pasuje

Michael - Miś, Misiek, we always call all Michałs teddy bears

£ukasz - £ukaszku - Kaku

FEMALE NAMES:

Barbara - Basia, Baśka, Bacha, Basieńka

Lucia (Lusia) - Lusia, Luśka, Lusieńka

Janina - Janka, Jasia, Jaśka, Janeczka
janinam - | 1  
19 Oct 2009 /  #20
This is what my grandmother told me the different nicknames are for my name:
Janka
Jasia (pronounced Jasha)
Jani (This is what I go by but I spell mine with a Y because otherwise Americans would pronounce it like a hard J rather then the soft J....and yes I get a lot of "oh like that musician guy (Yanni)!")

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