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Polish equivalent of William


balrog_99 8 | 11
23 Aug 2012  #1
Is there a Polish version of this name?
Ziemowit 12 | 3,381
23 Aug 2012  #2
Wiliam the Conqueror - Wilhelm Zdobywca
Zibi - | 336
23 Aug 2012  #3
True, Wilhelm is the equivalent form of William. Interestingly though, when referring to Prince William we do not change the name i.e. we say: Książę William. Which is inconsistent indeed, cf. Prince Charles --> Książę Karol. Nb. the name Wilhelm is of german origin and has not been in much use in Poland, as opposed to Karol.
boletus 30 | 1,367
23 Aug 2012  #4
Nb. the name Wilhelm is of german origin and has not been in much use in Poland

WILUŚ is the Polish diminutive for WILHELM. It carries a contextual meaning - ranging from irony and sarcasm to warmth and friendship.

Kajzer Wiluś - a pompous German Emperor and Prussian King Wilhelm II;
162 surnames Wiluś in Poland;
Wiluś E. Kojot i Struś Pędziwiatr - Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner;
Wiluś, the gentle workhorse - saw his picture somewhere;
Wiluś, privately owned narrow gauge steam locomotive, taking tourists for a ride every weekend.
Tomek i przyjaciele: Wiluś, Benio i Franek <= Thomas & Friends (Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends until 2002), from a British children's television series.
Zibi - | 336
24 Aug 2012  #5
WILUŚ is the Polish diminutive for WILHELM.

Very true, I have heard of that diminutive form. However I have never met anyone in PL, whose first name would be Wilhelm. Perhaps I am out of luck. But I did know one Medard way back when! :-). Now that's a really exceptional name for a polishman!
Ziemowit 12 | 3,381
24 Aug 2012  #6
However I have never met anyone in PL, whose first name would be Wilhelm.

Neither have I (nor, for that matter, have I met anyone in PL whose first name would be Adolf), but my grand-father used to call Keiser Wilhelm of Germany ironically "cesarz Wiluś".
el_easy 2 | 54
24 Aug 2012  #7
Is there a Polish version of this name?

Sure! He name is Kuba Wojewódzki.
Ziemowit 12 | 3,381
24 Aug 2012  #8
Who knows of which name the name "Kuba" is a diminuitive form?
Give is a clue? Here it is:

Pije Kuba do Jakuba,
Jakub do Michała
Pijesz ty, piję ja,
kompanija cała ...


But where is Wiluś in all that?
[C'mon, give us a clue! Here it is: Wiluś is getting ready to be crowned... when his father is... far away]


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