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Which Polish first names are considered unpopular / obsolete in Poland?

OP Lri 4 | 39
27 Mar 2019 #31
And for the boys,how about Miloslaw?

The name Miłosław I'd say is one of the few "-sław" names I've seen on Polish males younger than middle-aged, same with the first names "Jarosław", "Przemysław" and "Radosław", plus maybe a couple other "-sławs" I can't remember right now. But it seems almost all of those males remove the "-vowel + sław" part and replace with "-ek", and so they're calling themselves "Jarek", "Miłek", "Przemek", "Radek" etc instead
jon357 67 | 16,848
27 Mar 2019 #32
Stanisław became popular again a few years ago. Plenty of Stasieks in their 20s.
Miloslaw 8 | 3,010
27 Mar 2019 #33
But it seems almost all of those males remove the "-vowel + sław" part and replace with "-ek", and so they're calling themselves "Jarek"

It was always explained to me that doing this was to make the name "More Familiar",in the sense of friend or family and to shorten the name.

I get the first part,but the shortening I struggled with.....especialy with my uncle Zenon.....who was always called Zenek....
OP Lri 4 | 39
28 Mar 2019 #34
I just came across these 2 big lists of Polish first names, including shortened "diminutive" versions and (if applicable) English counterparts...unfortunately the name Miłosław isn't on the lists, but they did list the names Miłosz (1st list only, it says Miłosz is a diminutive of Miłosław) and Mirosław...same with your uncle's name Zenon and diminutive versions:
Spike31 2 | 2,223
1 Apr 2019 #35
Beautiful classic names never go out of fashion.

Aleksanda [den. Ola], an ancient Greek name, popularised in Poland by a writer Henryk Sienkiewicz

Grażyna, a name created in XIX century by Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz
1 Apr 2019 #36
Aleksandra is still popular but started to be used as synonym for simple ppl. If you read Polish internet forums/comments you'll notice ' Janusze i Grazyny'
pawian 176 | 15,197
1 Apr 2019 #37
My best friend`s name is Janusz. I pity him. We never talk about the negative connotations his first name evokes, but I know he isn`t happy about it.
kaprys 3 | 2,503
1 Apr 2019 #38
Along with Grażyna and Janusz, we have Seba (Sebastian) and Karyna (Karina) - sort of younger and cheaper versions of the first two.
Dzesika and Brajanek also appear in memes - quite often as the youngest generation of the previous ones.
These names are quite ridiculed now.
As for Szymon and Jakub, they've been among the most popular names for boys for years -especially the latter one.
Wojtek and Franek made a great come back several years ago but I'd say names like Zdzisław/a, Zbigniew, Kazimierz, not to mention Apolonia, Wincenty or Wawrzyniec are rather unpopular now.

But the thing is a lot of old fashioned names become suddenly popular ....
Lyzko 29 | 7,340
1 Apr 2019 #39
How about "Aldona"?

Used to have many students with that name, now, no more.
kaprys 3 | 2,503
1 Apr 2019 #40
I have known only one Aldona in my life.
Never considered it popular.
Lyzko 29 | 7,340
1 Apr 2019 #41
Thank you, kaprys. That's rather what I thought:-)
kaprys 3 | 2,503
1 Apr 2019 #42
No problem.
Out of curiosity, how old would 'your' Aldonas be now?

Mirosław /a, Wiesław /a, Zygmunt , Halina, Janina, Walenty are also quite old fashioned
Lyzko 29 | 7,340
1 Apr 2019 #43
Gosh, she'd likely be at least 38 or so. This was over twenty years ago, at which time, she was about 19.

Yes, seemingly so. Pity too, as those are among my favorite Polish names.
Hope Krysia hasn't too been consigned to the scrap heap!
jon357 67 | 16,848
1 Apr 2019 #44
Halina..... quite old fashioned

I know several Halinas who are actually Helenas trying to sound younger!
Lyzko 29 | 7,340
1 Apr 2019 #45
...or more PolishLOL

Isn't there some old (children's) folk song, "Halinka, Halinka.......drabinka....", or something like that?
Perhaps I'm just imagining things:-)

...nursery rhyme, excuse me
Polandlovey - | 1
17 Jun 2019 #46

Help with picking an old Polish male name :)

What is a really old, funny, not-so-used-anymore Polish male name? Something that like an old man would have. Like the equivalent of Earl or Carl or something in America. Something that if you named a young person or baby it, then it would make people giggle.
17 Jun 2019 #47
Here's a recent thread about old/unpopular Polish first names:
RubasznyRumcajs 5 | 488
17 Jun 2019 #48
What's the point of making life more difficult for a baby from the start of his life?
Miloslaw 8 | 3,010
17 Jun 2019 #49

Outside of Poland it is difficult enough having a Polish surname :-)
RubasznyRumcajs 5 | 488
17 Jun 2019 #50
Tell me about it. No point of giving him a Polish name, especially considering that his parent's connection to Poland is weak (otherwise they wouldn't ask for a name here)
kaprys 3 | 2,503
17 Jun 2019 #51
The thing is that old fashioned names are very popular in Poland now. You can hear names my grandparents and great grandparents used to have.

The ones that are laughed at are those that sort of function as an impersonification of certain features:
Janusz and Grazyna -middle aged and not so bright
Seba (Sebastian) and Karina - in their 20s or so living off the welfare.
Dzesika and Brajan (aka as Jessica and Brian ) - their kids.
pawian 176 | 15,197
17 Jun 2019 #52
Janusz and Grazyna -Seba (Sebastian) and Karina Dzesika and Brajan

Each generation designates their own ridicule names. In 1990s I was driven to work by a rural guy who said Leon/Karol when he meant a male sucker/ loser/idiot.
Lyzko 29 | 7,340
17 Jun 2019 #53
Suppose names go through phases, just like any other fashion:-)
Had an English student from Zakopane of late, first name S-E-W-E-R-Y-N!

He claimed the name is ultra uncommon, being only nineteen at present, and felt his parents were trying to punish him with such a name! Wonder if there's any truth to that.
pawian 176 | 15,197
17 Jun 2019 #54
Ultra uncommon - yes. There is a famous Polish actor with such a surname - Andrzej Seweryn.

As for his parents` punishing him with such a name, it is rubbish, of course. Parents gave him a special name because they expected him to be like that. When he didn`t fulfill their expectations and proved an average guy, they felt disappointed and let him know about it. In result, he got disappointed with them, too.

If they had really wanted to punish him as an unloved child, they would have named him Adolf or Alfons.
17 Jun 2019 #55
Is the first name Danuta considered outdated in Poland? (The only Danutas I know are 50+ yrs old)
Miloslaw 8 | 3,010
17 Jun 2019 #56
One of my cousins is a Danuta, and yeah, she is over 50.
But Denise in English is out of fashion too.
However, as Kaprys said in an earlier post, some of these old names are coming back.
It is a constant roundabout, but some names never get back onto it.
17 Jun 2019 #57
is out of fashion too.

How about Polish women's names with sława ending? Those also seem outdated and not making comebacks, and also only women age 50+. I'd say the name Denise isn't too common these days, but also not outdated like Beatrice, Bernice, Beula/Beulah, Delores, Doris, Dorothy, Florence, Gertrude, Harriet, Henrietta, Mildred, Millicent, Shirley, etc...for example I'm pretty sure there were no Denises (or even Dennis's) on board the Titanic back in 1912, but I'm sure that there was at least one of (most of) the other names I listed
mafketis 25 | 9,270
17 Jun 2019 #58
Dzesika and Brajan (aka as Jessica and Brian ) - their kids.

the 500 plus crowd was going heavy for English names a few years ago... which meant that anyone who aspired to more for their children didn't dare give their children names like Samant(h)a or Dżesika or Brajan...

Dżesika cleans Aleksandra's house is how one friend put it...

But there aren't many young Danutas or Jowitas (more's the pity).
17 Jun 2019 #59
Oh I forgot to ask, speaking of the name Dennis, is that name common or uncommon/nonexistent in Poland? Or at least spelled Denis/Denys in Poland? (better Denys, so that it's pronounced same way both in Polish and English)
mafketis 25 | 9,270
17 Jun 2019 #60

I've heard as a lower class name (see post about underclass going in for English names a few years ago)

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