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What is the Polish equivalent name to Walter?

esensky 1 | 2
6 Feb 2021 #1
Is it Wojciech? That's what an internet search turned up. Are there any other derivations? I'm looking for a man in my family history named Walter Kosiba. While I've found many Walter Kosib's on various genealogy sites, I haven't found the right one. I'm thinking he changed his name to Walter from his original polish name when he immigrated to the U.S. around 1904. Appreciate the help.
jon357 67 | 16,848
6 Feb 2021 #2
Is it Wojciech?

There's also Waldemar. Also, there's an obscure (very obscure) Polish name Walcerz, a direct equivalent to Walter, however it's very out of use.

Of course he could have been called Walter; not everyone in Poland has always had a Polish first neme. He may also have changed it to Walter form something that sounded completely different.
Miloslaw 8 | 2,905
6 Feb 2021 #3

There is also Walerian which is shortened to Walerek.
OP esensky 1 | 2
6 Feb 2021 #4
This is very helpful. Thank you
Looker - | 1,080
7 Feb 2021 #5
Some people with the Polish name Władysław, who moved to the States, changed their name for Walter.
jon357 67 | 16,848
7 Feb 2021 #6

Walter may have been his name anyway, or he may have changed it from something entirely different. Or even Wlodimierz.
23 Feb 2021 #7
The name Wladislaw is what I've seen mostly changed to Walter. I had a great grandfather who did this. Note: the "l" after the W in Wladislaw actually should have a Polish "diacritical mark" in Polish use. It would be a tiny slanted mark, a little slash right at the middle. This would be important in Polish records. The Polish alphabet has both L and this other letter. It has a very slight "w" sound when pronouncing it. And W has a V sound. There is no V in Polish alphabet. Russian does have a V; you will also see Ladislav or Ladislaw.

Can you give me some details on this Walter Kosiba who you are trying to find? Maybe I can find something. Thanks.

Looked in #5 reply above has it exactly right Wladislaw with the mark
johnny reb 29 | 5,153
23 Feb 2021 #8
I thought Walter in Polish sounded something like "Vashoo" ?
23 Feb 2021 #9
Johnny Reb, That sounds like some sort-of nickname, but with that "V" sound, I think you are on the right track

As far as I know, there is no direct Walter equivalent. But as I said I have seen it many times being used for Wladislaw, Ladislav, Ladislaw
johnny reb 29 | 5,153
23 Feb 2021 #10
Well I have two older Polish friends from different families with the name Walter and their families call them something like Vahjoo, Vahgoo, Vashoo ?
23 Feb 2021 #11
Johnny Reb, you definitely have something there. I'm going to have to remember this. Thanks. As far as "esensky"'s search, I'm hoping he can give us some more information. Maybe we can find something. Plus, I'm wondering what he has tried to find. That 1904 immigration is good because there should be some good records on that.
jon357 67 | 16,848
23 Feb 2021 #12


This would be important in Polish records.

It doesn't make that difference, since it isn't an either/or.
23 Feb 2021 #13
jon357 -Thank you!
pawian 176 | 14,885
5 Apr 2021 #14


There is still another possibility - Waciu which is a diminutive of Wacław in vocative case.
16 Apr 2021 #15
I remember my grandfather's nickname being Vodge and my aunt mentioned to me that it was the Polish equivalent of Walter. (Not sure on the spelling, that's how I stumbled on this to begin with). Etymologically it makes sense as the W and V in the European language came from the same or similar sound (U; V; W) and the D and T follow the same pattern. I know that what a Slavic speaker pronounces my last name Nowakowski it somewhat sounds like Nowva instead of Nowa like an Anglican speaker would pronounce it.

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