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Calendar of Polish Name Days

steve d Threads: 3 / Posts: 17
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♂   Jul 3, 2007, 03:51am  #1

Tried searching on google, but couldn't find a calendar style list for name days, anybody know a good place for one ?

Lady in red   Jul 3, 2007, 05:13am  #3

I've never, ever heard of Polish name days. Is that different to your birthday or confirmation name day ?

Who makes these things up ? :)

cube Threads: 3 / Posts: 44
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♂   Jul 3, 2007, 05:43am  #4

I guess its just part of the culture to remember name-days (a patron saint's day - rather than birthdays). This anniversary is important for Poles and as far as i know, in no other culture is it celebrated in such a special way

steve d Threads: 3 / Posts: 17
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♂   Jul 3, 2007, 05:47am  #5

Quoting: cube

This should help :)

Cheers Cube, brilliant ;-)

LIRed, from my experience it seems youngsters celebrate both days, perhaps birthdays more and once old ( like me! ) people celebrate their name's day instead.

I don't know the history though, but it seems most celebrate their name's day on the first opportunity after their birthday.

Lady in red   Jul 3, 2007, 05:48am  #6

Quoting: cube
I guess its just part of the culture to remember name-days (a patron saint's day - rather than birthdays).

I was brought up in a Polish culture :) by two Polish parents & Polish community.
I know it was important to be named after a Patron Saint or a Holy/Blessed person. But I never heard about celebrating that Patron Saints Day.

I only have Polish genes in me, though I wasn't born there nor do I live there <grin>

Lady in red   Jul 3, 2007, 05:49am  #7

Thanks for the info steve & cube :)

Sweetpea1779 Threads: 4 / Posts: 30
Joined: Aug 4, 2008
♀   Aug 16, 2008, 09:37pm  #8

Thread attached on merging:

How do you find when its someone name day? Like is there a list of names and the dates when they are celebrated? if so how do i find it

EmmaT2008 Threads: 7 / Posts: 39
Joined: Dec 28, 2007
♀   Jan 17, 2009, 05:21pm  #9

Thread attached on merging:
Polish Name Day Tradition

How does this work. I have seen a list. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Name_days_in_Poland

Some names come up more than once.


PolskaDoll Threads: 39 / Posts: 3,076
Joined: Jun 15, 2007
♀   Jan 17, 2009, 05:31pm  #10

There are some threads on Name Days already on PF so you could browse through them.

More popular names appear often on the name day calender. Traditionally your name day is the first one after your birthday. However, you can really choose which one you like. My birthday is in November and my first name day appears in April. Some people celebrate their "Imieniny" some don't.

HatefulBunch397 Threads: - / Posts: 764
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♀   Jan 19, 2009, 11:53am  #11

My Great Grandfather was born on February 14th and named after St Valentine.

loco polaco Threads: 3 / Posts: 396
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♂   Jan 19, 2009, 11:56am  #12

steve d:
Tried searching on google, but couldn't find a calendar style list for name days, anybody know a good place for one ?

what? there are literally hundreds of the on the internet.. hmmm.. try searching "kalendarz imienin"

Guest   Apr 1, 2009, 03:12pm  #13

My friend just told me about name day. She moved to America from Poland when she was 11 (now 28). I wanted to surprise her by getting her something on her name day this year, but I'm having a hard time figuring out which day would be her name day.

Her name is Karolina. I've found some sites that actually have days for Karolina, but others only have days for Karol. How do I know which day she used to celebrate in Poland?

z_darius Threads: 16 / Posts: 4,701
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♂   Edited by: z_darius  Apr 1, 2009, 05:35pm  #14

Name days for Karolina are:

* 9 May
* 5 July
* 18 July
* 18 November

When multiple name days are present for a given name then often the one that follows and is closest to the person's birthday is celebrated.

Guest   Apr 2, 2009, 02:23am  #15

Thank you. I was finding that there was more than one, also. But I wanted to make sure that I used the right one. So, with her birthday being November 23, her name day would be November 18, then?


Guest   Apr 2, 2009, 05:18am  #16

they celebrate it in russia i think well it was in war & peace

flissiebell Threads: 1 / Posts: 13
Joined: Apr 22, 2010
♀   Sep 2, 2010, 12:43am  #17

Thread attached on merging:
what does named day mean?

i was talking to a friend the other day and he said something about before he has his birthday they have a name day, he did try to explain what this means but although he has very good english he had trouble translating this for me.... can anyone help me out as im very interested to find out more about his culture

thank you :-) x

Marek11111 Threads: 16 / Posts: 1,397
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♂   Sep 2, 2010, 12:52am  #18

In Poland people do not throw parties for birthday but they do for name day as Polish calendar on each day has a names associated with so let’s say you were born on September 1 and they call you John your name day ( name associated with yours on calendar) was October 15 that would be your name day

jonni Threads: 21 / Posts: 3,230
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♂   Sep 2, 2010, 12:54am  #19

In Poland people do not throw parties for birthday

Some do - due in part to changing fashions and also to the problem of too many people having the same name day.

valpomike Threads: 14 / Posts: 248
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♂   Sep 2, 2010, 02:12am  #20

My birthday, and name's day are both the same, my name is Michael, and I was born on September 29th. also, this was my grandfather's name's day, and he had a big party going on when he heard of my birth, so he said, this would be my name, and my parents went along with it. But if I lived in Poland, now, I would be cheated out of one party.


itsI   Mar 19, 2011, 08:25am  #21

Not so. You would not be cheated because you can pick any day in calendar showing your name. As mentioned above most common is to celebrate your name day on first occasion after your birthday. Some people choose different season or time apart from holidays.

Name Days are very beneficial socially, because we often don't know someones birthday (colleague at work or acquaintance) and we can wish them Happy Name Day or celebrate it with flowers, card or other gift.

Additionally nobody is trying to figure out or ask how old we are and how many candles to put on the cake. :)
It really works out quite friendly because when you see people's name on calendar it reminds you that you know someone with that name and often give them a call :)

Polonius3 Threads: 1,136 / Posts: 7,114
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♂   Mar 19, 2011, 03:39pm  #22

I believe the Namenstag (nameday) is also celebrated in Bavaria. Can any German verify that?

Moksik Threads: - / Posts: 1
Joined: Apr 7, 2011
♀   Apr 7, 2011, 09:45am  #23

Merged thread:
Polish names?

Since there are days in Poland for names, are there 365 names to choose from traditionally?

Maaarysia   Apr 7, 2011, 09:52am  #24

365 names to choose from traditionally?

no there are much more names (each day have something like 3-4 names ascribed). But you can give a child other names too.

1jola Threads: 28 / Posts: 2,611
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♂   Apr 7, 2011, 10:05am  #25

At the bottom right of the home page here you have the names for that day. Take a look.

still_wisher Threads: 7 / Posts: 157
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♂   May 6, 2011, 12:46pm  #26

Merged thread:
Polish name days , Help ?

Layla ... my family in law in need to find a polish name day for her ,I tried , but i still can't find it :) so any help here please ?

boletus Threads: 44 / Posts: 1,674
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♂   May 6, 2011, 01:49pm  #27

Layla ... my family in law in need to find a polish name day for her ,I tried , but i still can't find it :) so any help here please ?

No such name in traditional Polish. Seems to me that your in-laws apparently liked the sound of Layla, so they deliberately misspelled the old-fashioned name Lila or Lilianna.

July 27: Lila, Lilac, Liliana, Lillian, Lillie, Lilly, Lily

Panthera Threads: - / Posts: 5
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♀   Edited by: Panthera  May 6, 2011, 03:44pm  #28

Description: The name of Arab origin.
Diminutives: Lailka, Laya, Laika, Lajla, Ila, Ilka, Ilusia, Ilunia
Characteristics: delicate and romantic. He likes to emphasize their femininity. He always tries to be mild and gentle, but sometimes it can explode like a volcano. He can not long be angry.
Patrons and Festivals:
Lucky number: 8
Happy stone: turquoise
Lucky color: blue
Nameday: 19.03

Panthera Threads: - / Posts: 5
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♀   May 6, 2011, 04:13pm  #30

Des Essientes:
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