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


Ziemowit 13 | 4,343
24 Jun 2019 #91
Actually, Lechites is the name attributed to Polish tribes as an entity. There wasn't an individual Polish tribe which united with other Polish tribes to form Poland.

A funny limerick which comprises the name "Lechita" here:

Kto powiedział, że Moskale
Są to bracia dla Lechitów,
Temu pierwszy w łeb wypalę
Przed kościołem Karmelitów.

MeMyselfandI
24 Jun 2019 #92
Lechites were one of the tribes that united to form Poland

@kaprys

Lechites is the name attributed to Polish tribes as an entity. There wasn't an individual Polish tribe which united with other Polish tribes...

@Ziemowit

Wow I didn't even know that there's even such a thing as Polish tribe(s)! So all ethnically Polish people are descended from Lechites? So the Lech brand of beer is named after Lechites? I've heard Lech only as a first name, most recently and world-famously a Polish former president from 1980s or 1990s I think. Is Lech still a commonly used first name in Poland? Are there many youngster-aged to young-adult Lechs nowadays?

And another question about unpopular Polish first names, have there been instances in Poland where once-popular Polish first names become widely unpopular in a short period of time solely because of the unpopularity of certain famous Polish persons (such as Polish actors/musicians, athletes, politicians etc? Or perhaps a Polish person with a certain first name becomes famous in a negative way?...or maybe a combination of those two reasons? If correct, then what are some examples?)
Ziemowit 13 | 4,343
24 Jun 2019 #93
If you want to know more about the term "Lechites", read the following article in Wikipedia:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lechites
kaprys 3 | 2,503
24 Jun 2019 #94
Adolf and Alfons (pimp) are not very popular really. They weren't extremely popular I guess but still.
Paulwiz 1 | 74
3 May 2021 #95
I am trying to guess the original, Polish version of a first name that has almost certainly been severely Americanized before it shows up in our records. The American version is listed as Valdemere. The "V" and the "ere" ending make a pretty strong case that it has been modified. But what was the name in Poland? I found a similar name, Włodzimerz, that could have been the original, Polish version. Any other suggestions? Is there a Polish name like Waldemar or anything similar?
mafketis 25 | 9,270
3 May 2021 #96
Is there a Polish name like Waldemar

Yes, Waldemar is a name in modern Polish (there was a prime minister with that name).

There's also Włodzimierz (the Polish version of Vladimir) but in this case I would bet more on Waldemar (use Spanish vowels and stress the e )
pawian 176 | 15,197
3 May 2021 #97
I would bet more on Waldemar

Yes, exactly., It certainly isn`t Voldemort.
Lyzko 29 | 7,340
3 May 2021 #99
Or how about Ignace?
Paulwiz 1 | 74
3 May 2021 #100
Thank you.
Based on some of the names I have seen in Polish genealogy records, I wonder how old the little kid was before he learned to write his name. And I thoroughly appreciate the use of the diminutive form of names.
pawian 176 | 15,197
2 days ago #101
Jadwiga, Ignacy - yes, extremely rare now.
Miloslaw 8 | 3,010
2 days ago #102
Jadwiga, Ignacy - yes, extremely rare now

Maybe in recent years, but my sister is Jadwiga and I have known a couple of Ignacy's in my time.
pawian 176 | 15,197
2 days ago #103
Maybe in recent years,

Look again and read what I wrote at the very end of my post. The word "now" - does it ring a bell??? :):) I wasn`t talking about sextaganarians bearing those names.
Lyzko 29 | 7,340
2 days ago #104
Had a student recently by the name of Seweryn who insisted I call him Sam because he was embarrassed by his "old" name.
ForumUser
1 day ago #105
If my name was "Seweryn" I'd be embarrassed too, but because of "Sewer"!
Lyzko 29 | 7,340
1 day ago #106
Although as in Polísh the word for "sewer" is "kanalizacja", the analogy is lost-:) Figure you were joking.
mafketis 25 | 9,270
1 day ago #107
If my name was "Seweryn" I'd be embarrassed too

Didn't bother this guy:

youtube.com/watch?v=Gyk4pEWZddU
Lyzko 29 | 7,340
1 day ago #108
Yup.You got his number, boy.
pawian 176 | 15,197
1 day ago #109
If my name was "Seweryn" I

Yes, but now you focus on writing while the pronunciation of the name is Severyn. So it sounds closer to severe. How do you like it? I think you wouldn`t be embarassed anymore.
Lyzko 29 | 7,340
1 day ago #110
Sure, if the Pole knows English.


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