For those who wish to name their PONs a traditional Polish name, the following will offer some suggestions along with a guide to Polish pronunciation. We will expand on this list from time to time so do check back.

 A GUIDE TO POLISH PRONUNCIATION

 CONSONANTS

 VOWELS

Letter 

Pronunciation

Symbol

Letter

Pronunciation

Symbol

C

like ts in cats

ts

A

 like u in cult

 ah

C', CI

soft c

ch

E

like e in let 

 eh

CH

like h in happy

h

I

like i in fit 

CZ

like ch in chip

ch

O

like o in cot 

o

DZ

like ds in beds

dz

U, O

like oo in boot 

oo

DZ.

like j in jam

j

like awn in dawn 

awn

DZ', DZI

soft DZ

dzh

E

like en in den 

en 

G

like g in go

g

 

 

 

J

like y in yes

y

 

N' 

soft N

ny

L

w in win

w

R

rolled r

r

S

like s in sit

s

S'

soft S

sy

SZ

like s in ship

sh

W

like v in vine

v

Z, RZ

like s in pleasure

zh

Z', ZI 

soft Z

zy

 

 

B, D, F, H, K, L, M, N, P, T, Z

pronounced as in English


Names of Months

 Names of Days

January

stycznia

 Sunday

 niedziela

February

lutego

 Monday

 poniedzialek

March

marca

 Tuesday

 wtorek

April

kwietnia

 Wednesday

 sroda

May

maja

 Thursday

 czwartek

June

czerwiec

 Friday

 piatek

July

lipca

 Saturday

 sobota

August

sierpnia

   

September

wrzesnia

   

October

pazdziernika

   

November

listopada

   

December

grudnia

   

Polish Names...

KEY: Polish Names (English pronunciation with underlined syllable to be accented) F.= feminine M. = masculine, English meaning

A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - R - S - T - U - W - Z

-A-

amant (a-mant) m. lover, beau
ambicja (am-beets-ya) ambition
aniol (a-now) m. angel
awans (a-vans) m. promotion; advancement

-B-

babka (bab-ka) f. grandmother
bajka (bay-ka) f. fairy-tale, story
bardzo (bar-dzo) very
barwa (bar-va) f. color; hue
bawelna (ba-vew-na) f. cotton
bawic (ba-veech) amuse, entertain
bez (bes) m. lilac
beztroski (bez-tros-kee) carefree
bialko (byaw-ko) white of the eye
bialy (bya-wi) m. white
biec (byets) run; trot
biedny (byed-ni) poor
biel (byel) f. white
bizuteria (bee-zhoo-ter-ya ) jewels
blizni (bleezh-nee) twin; identical
burza (boo-zha) wind storm; rain storm

-C-

cena (tse-na) f. value
chec (khanch) f. wish; desire
chmura (khmoo-ra) f. cloud
chustka (khoost-ka) scarf; kerchief
chwalic (khva-leech) praise
chwila (khvee-la) f. moment
cicho (chee-kho) softly; silently
cichy (chee-khi) gentle; calm; serene
ciemno (chem-no) darkly
ciemny (chem-ni) dark
cien (chen) shade; shadow
cisza (chee-sha) calm; silence
cytryna (tsi-tri-na) f. lemon
czajnik (chay-neek) tea pot
czar (char) m. spell; charm
czarno (char-ni) blackly
charny (char-ni) black
czasem (cha-sem) now and then
czego (che-go) why? what?
czekac (che-kach) wait; expect
czekolada (che-ko-la-da) f. chocolate
czerwiec (cher-vyets) June

-D-

daleki (da-le-kee) distant; remote
dar (dar) gift; present
darmo (dar-mo) free
dawno (dav-no) long ago
derka (der-ka) rug
deszcz (deshch) rain
dobroc (dob-roch) kindness
dobry (dob-ri) good; kind
dolina (do-lee-na) valley; glen
droga (dro-ga) dear
drogi (dro-gee) dear; expensive; beloved
drzewo (dzhe-vo) tree
duch (dookh) spirit; ghost
dusza (doo-sha) soul; psyche
duzo (doo-zho) much; many
duzy (doo-zhi) big; large
dywan (di-van) carpet; rug
dziadek (dzha-dek) grandfather
dziecko (dzhets-ko) baby; child
dzielny (dzhel-ni) brave; resourceful

-E-

efekt (e-fekt) effect
efektowny (e-fek-tov-ni) striking; attractive

-F-

fasola (fa-so-la) bean
figiel (fee-gel) practical joke; trick
filizanka (fee-lee-zhan-ka) cup; cupful
fiolek (fyo wek) violet
forsa (for-sa) dough; bread
futro (foot-ro) fur

-G-

galareta (ga-la-re-ta) jelly
garnek (gar-nek) pot; potful
garnuszek (gar-noo-shek) cup
geneza (ge-ne-za) the beginning; birth
glina (glee-na) clay
glodny (gwod-ni) hungry
glowny (gwoov-ni) foremost; chief
godnosc (god noshch) pride; dignity
godzina (go-dzhee-na) hour
gora (goo-ra) mountain
gorski (goor-skee) mountainous

-H-

halka (khal-ka) petticoat
herbatnik (kher-bat-neek) biscuit

-I-

impreza (eem-pre-za) entertainment; show; venture

-J-

jablko (yab-ko) apple
jaki (ya-kee) which one?
jakosc (ya-koshch) quality
jasny (yas-ni) shining; bright
jazda (yaz-da) ride
jedno (yed-no) one; single
jednosc (yed-noshch) unity
jasien (ye-shen) autumn; fall
jezioro (ye-zho-ro) lake
jezyk (yan-zik) tongue
jutro (yoot-ro) tomorrow
jutrzejszy (yoo-tshey-shi) tomorrow's, future

-K-

kaczka (kach-ka) duck
kakao (ka-ka-o) cocoa
kapelusz (ka-pe-loosh) m. hat
karta (kar-ta) ticket; card; note
karuzela (ka-roo-ze-la) merry-go-round; carousel
kasza (ka-sha) grits; cereal; porridge
kawa (ka-va) coffee
kiedykolwiek (ke-di-kol-vyek) whenever; at any time
kilka (keel-ka) a few; some
kilkakroc (keel-ka-kroch) again & again
kino (kee-no) cinema; movies
kluska (kloos-ka) dumpling
kobieta (ko-bye-ta) woman
kochac (ko-khach) love
kochany (ko-kha-ni) beloved; loving
kolega (ko-le-ga) buddy
kolejny (ko-ley-ni) next; successive
kolorowy (ko-lo-ro-vi) colorful
komiczny (ko-meech-ni) comic; amusing
krol (krool) king
krolewski (kroo-lev-skee) royal; kingly
kwiaciarka (kvya-char-ka) flowergirl
kwiat (kvyat) flower

-L-

lada (la-da) whatever
lalka (lal-ka) doll
lato (la-to) summer
lekki (lek-kee) graceful; light-hearted
lekko (lek-ko) easily; lightly
liczny (leech-ni) numerous; abundant
linijka (lee-neey-ka) ruler
lubic (loo-beech) like; enjoy
lagodny (wa-god-ni) gentle; meek
laka (wown-ka) meadow

-M-

malenki (ma-len-kee) tiny; insignificant
matka (mat-ka) mother
miara (mya-ra) measure; amount
miedz (myedzh) copper
miekko (myank-ko) gently; tenderly
mistrz (meetsch) champion; master
mieko (mie-ko) milk
moc (mots) power; strength
mocny (mots-ni) strong
muzyka (moo-zi-ka) music

-N-

naczelny (na-chel-ni) chief; head
najlepiej (nay-le-pyey) best of all
majlepszy (nay-lep-shi) best of all
nareszcie (na-resh-che) at last; finally
nazwa (naz-va) name; title
nazwisko (naz-vees-ko) family name
niebieski (ne-byes-kee) heavenly; of the sky
niebo (ne-bo) sky
niedawno (ne-dav-no) recently; not long ago

-O-

ochota (o-kho-ta) eagerness
odlegly (od-leg-wi) far away; long ago
odwaga (od-va-ga) courage
odznaka (od-zna-ka) badge
ogien (o-gyen) fire; flame
ogrod (o-groot) garden
ogromny (o-grom-ni) tremendous; huge
ojczyzna (oy-chiz-na) homeland
okazja (o-ka-zya) opportunity
opieka (o-pye-ka) care

-P-

pacierz (pa-chesh) prayer
pan (pan) master; mister; lord
pani (pa-nee) lady; madam
panna (pan-na) miss; girl
piasek (pya-sek) sand
piernik (pyer-neek) gingerbread
pies (pyes) dog
piesek (pye-sek) little dog
piekny (pyank-ni) beautiful; lovely
plynny (pwin-ni) smooth; graceful
podarek (po-da-rek) gift
podobny (po-dob-ni) congenial
pogodny (po-god-ni) serene; cheerful
poranek (po-ra-nek) morning
poznac (po-znach) get to know
pozny (poozh-ni) late
prawny (prav-ni) rightful; legal
psiak (pshak) pup, doggie
psiara (psha-ra) dog lover
psisko (pshees-ko) big dog

-R-

radosc (ra-doshch) delight; joy; glee
raj (ray) paradise; heaven
ranek (ra-nek) morning
rano (ra-no) early
raz (ras) once; one time
razem (ra-zem) together
rodzina (ro-dzhee-na) family
rowny (roov-ni) even-tempered
roza (roo-zha) rose
rubin (roo-been) ruby; red
rudczaj (roo-chay) brook
rudy (roo-di) russet; ginger
rumianek (roo-mya-nek) chamomile
rumiany (roo-mya-ni) browned
runo (roo-na) nap
rzeka (zhe-ka) river; stream

-S-

samica (sa-mee-tsa) female
skala (ska-wa) rock
slawny (swav-ni) famous; glorious
spokajny (spo-koy-ni) quiet; calm
spokoj (spo-kooy) peace; serenity
spod (spoot) bottom; foot
sprezyna (spran-zhi-na) spring; impulse
sprytny (sprit-ni) cute; clever; cunning
srebro (sreb-ro) silver
staly (sta-wi) stable; solid
stanowisko (sta-no-vees-ko) status; position
stary (sta-ri) old
suchy (soo-khi) dry; lean
sukienka (soo-kyen-ka) dress
suknia (sook-na) gown
suma (soo-ma) sum; total
szachy (sha-khi) chess
szacunek (sha-tsoo-nek ) respect; esteem
szafa (sha-fa) cupboard; chest
szanowac (sha-no-vach) honor; esteem
szanowny (sha-nov-ni) worthy; honorable
szary (sha-ri) gray
szatan (sha-tan) a very strong coffee drink
szatynka (sha-ten-ka) dark blond girl
szukac (shoo-kach) search; look for
szyba (shi-ba) sheet of water
szybka (shib-ko) swiftly; rapidly
szynka (shin-ka) ham
sliczny (shleech-ni) pretty; lovely
sliwka (shleev-ka) plum
smiech (shmyekh) laughter
smiezny (shmyesh-ni) funny; amusing
snieg (shnek) snow
swiatlo (shvyat-wo-light
swiecic (shvye-cheech) shine; glitter; sparkle
swietny (shvyet-ni) splendid; excellent
swieta (shvyan-ta) holiday

-T-

trojbarwny (trooy-barv-ni) tri-colored
trojka (trooy-ka ) three
trudny (trood-ni) difficult; hard
truskawka (troos-kav-ka) strawberry
tutaj (too-tay) here
tuz (toosh) near-by; close by

-U-

uciecha (oo-che-kha ) joy
ufny (oof-ni) trustful; hopeful
ugoda (oo-go-da) agreement
ukochana (oo-ko-kha-na) beloved female pet
ukochany (oo-ko-kha-ni) beloved male pet
ulewa (oo-le-va) rainstorm
ulga (ool-ga) relief; solace
uliczka (oo-leech-ka) lane
ulubiony (oo-loo-byo-ni) favorite pet
upodobac (oo-po-do-bach) take a liking to; fancy
upominek (oo-po-mee-nek ) gift; present
uroda (oo-ro-da) beauty; charm
urodzaj (oo-ro-dzay) good harvest; good yield
urodziny (oo-ro-dzhee-ni) birthday
urok (oo-rok) charm; spell
usta (oos-ta) mouth; lips
uwaga (oo-va-ga) attention; remark; notice
uwazny (oo-vazh-ni) careful; watchful
uzdrawiac (ooz-dra-vyach) cure; bring back to health

-W-

waga (va-ga) balance; importance
wakacje (va-kats-ye) taking a vacation
wazny (vazh-ni) important; significant
welna (vew-na) wool
wesoly (ve-so-vi) merry; gleeful
wiadomo (vya-do-mo) it is known; everybody knows
wiara (vya-ra) faith; belief
widmo (veed-mo) ghost; phantom
wieczny (vyech-ni) eternal; perpetual
wieczorem (vye-cho-rem) during the evening
wieczor (vye-choor) evening
wiele (vye-le) many; a great deal
wielki (vyel-kee) great; big; important
wierny (vyer-ni) faithful; loyal
wierzba (vyezh-ba) willow
wierzyc (vye-zhich) believe in God
wies (vyesh) village
wieza (vye-zha) rock
wigilia (vee-geel-ya) Christmas eve
wilgotny (veel-got-ni) moist; wet
wino (vee-no) wine; grapevine
wiosna (vyos-na) spring
wisnia (veesh-na) cherry (tree)
witac (vee-tach) welcome; greet
wobec (vo-bets) before
woda (vo-da) water
wolno (vol-no) slowly
wolny (vol-ni) free
wolac (vo-wach) call; cry
wodka (vood-ka) vodka
wspanialy (vspa-na-wi) gorgeous; glorious
wyborny (vi-bor-ni) magnificent; splendid; prime
wygoda (vi-go-da) comfort
wygodny (vi-god-ni) comfortable; cozy
wypada (vi-pa-da) it is proper; it is fitting
wysoki (vi-so-kee) tall; high
wyspa (vis-pa) island
wzgorze (vzgoo-zhe) hill

-Z-

zabawiac (za-bav-yach) entertain; amuse
zacny (zats-ni) worthy; respectable
zadowolony (za-do-vo-lo-ni) satisfied; pleased
zamiar (za-myar) purpose
zamiana (za-mya-na) exchange
zatoka (za-to-ka) bay; gulf
zawieja (za-vye-ya) blizzard; snow storm
za widna (za veed-na) in daylight
zawsze (zav-she) always; evermore
z bliska (z bleeska) close up; from near
z daleka (z da-le-ka) from far
z dawna (z dav-na) from way back
zima (zhee-ma) winter
zimno (zheem-no) cold

And More Polish Names...

 Polish Names
Beginning
with ...

A

English Translation

 Polish Names
Beginning
with ...

B

 English Translation

 Polish Names Beginning with...

C

 English Translation
Adela Adele, Adela Bartlomiej Bartholomew Cecylia Cecilia, Celia, Cela
Agnieszka Agnes Bazyli Basil Czeslaw Chester 
Agata Agatha, Agnes Beatrycze Beatrice    
Albrycht Albert Brygida Bridget    
Alojzy Aloysius Brunon Bruno    
Amborzy Ambrose        
Anastazy Anastasius        
Andrzej Andrew        
Aniela Angela, Angeline        
Antoni Anthony        
Antonina Antonia, Antoinette        
Artur Arthur        

D

 

 E

 

 F

 
Dionizy Dennis Elzbieta Elizabeth Feliks Felix 
Dorota Dorothy Eryk Eric Feliksa Felicia
Dytryk Dietrich Eugeniusz Eugene Ferdynand Ferdinand
        Filip Philip
        Filomena  Philomena
        Franciszek Francis
        Franciszka Frances
        Fryderyk Frederick
        Fryderyka Frederica

G

 

 H

 

 I

 
Genowefa Genevieve Hieronim  Jerome Ignacy  Ignatius, Ignace 
Grzegorz Gregory Henryka Henrietta Irena  Irene 
        Izabella  Isabelle, Isabella 

J

 

 K

 

 L

 
Jacek Hyacinth Karol  Charles Leon  Leo 
Jadwiga Hedwig Katarzyna Catherine, Kathryn Lucja  Lucy, Lucille
Jakub Jacob, James Kazimierz  Casimir Lucjan  Lucius, Lucian 
Jakubina Jacqueline Klemens  Clement Ludwik Louise
Jan John Constancja  Constance Lukasz Luke 
Janina Jane, Jenny Krystian  Christian Lukrecja Lucretia 
Jerzy George Krzysztof Christopher    
Joanna Joan Ksawery Xavier    
Judyta Judith        

M

 

 N

 

 O

 
Maciej Matthias  Natalia  Natalie    
Malgorzata Margaret        
Marceli Marcellus        
Marcin Martin        
Marcjanna Marcia        
Marek Mark        
Maria, Marya, Marja Mary, Maryanna        
Marjanna Mary Anne, Marianne        
Mateusz Matthew        
Matylda Mathilda        
Michal Michael        
Michalina Michelle        
Mieczyslaw Mitchell, Ned, Matthew, Mike        
Mikolaj Nicholas        

P

 

 R

 

 S

 
Patrycja Patricia Rafal  Raphael Stefan  Stephen, Steven
Patrycjusz Patrick Rozalja, Rozalia Rose, Rosa, Rosalie Szarlota Charlotte
Pawel Paul Ryszard Richard  Szczepan Stephen or Steven
Piotr Peter     Szymon Simon

T

 

 W

 

 Z

 
Tadeusz Thaddeus, Ted Walenty Valentine Zofia Sophia
Teodor Theodore Wawrzyniec Lawrence  Zuzanna Susan, Suzanne
Teodozja Theodora Wilhelm William    
Tomasz Thomas Wincenty Vincent    
Tymoteusz Timothy Waldyslaw  Walter