Polish Background

Officially called the Republic of Poland, the country in Central Europe has a population of 38 million people and Warsaw as its capital. As one of the most religious countries in Europe – 88 % of people belong to the Catholic Church – Poland is the motherland of Pope John Paul II. Culturally advanced and with rich history of science the famous Poles include such personalities as Frederic Chopin in classical music, Henryk Sienkiewicz and Joseph Conrad in literature, Roman Polanski in film industry and Madame Curie in physics and chemistry. Having one of the highest numbers of lakes in Europe, the Poles enjoy yachting and windsurfing, as well as mountaineering in Carpathian and Tatra Mountains, and playing soccer. As a part of the West Slavic language group, Polish gives parents all over the world the chance to choose a child’s name of Proto-Slavic ancestry, profound etymology and the most lovable pronunciation!