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since 1880
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in the U.S.
in 2010

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Origin and Meaning of Polish

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Pol"ish
Of or pertaining to Poland or its inhabitants.

Etymology: From Pole a Polander

verb Pol"ish
  1. To make smooth and glossy, usually by friction; to burnish; to overspread with luster; as, to polish glass, marble, metals, etc.
  2. Hence, to refine; to wear off the rudeness, coarseness, or rusticity of; to make elegant and polite; as, to polish life or manners.

Etymology: F. polir, L. polire. Cf. Polite -ish

verb Pol"ish
To become smooth, as from friction; to receive a gloss; to take a smooth and glossy surface; as, steel polishes well.
noun Pol"ish
  1. A smooth, glossy surface, usually produced by friction; a gloss or luster."Another prism of clearer glass and better polish." [Sir I. Newton.]
  2. Anything used to produce a gloss.
  3. Fig.: Refinement; elegance of manners."This Roman polish and this smooth behavior." [Addison.]
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The property of being smooth and shiny
  2. The Slavic language of Poland
  3. A highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality ("they performed with great polish")
  4. A preparation used in polishing
  5. Bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state ("polish your social manners")
  6. Improve or perfect by pruning or polishing
  7. Make (a surface) shine ("polish my shoes")
  8. Of or relating to Poland or its people or culture ("Polish sausage")

From Middle English, from Old French poliss-, stem of some of the conjugated forms of polir, from Latin polīre (“to polish, make smooth”).

  1. A substance used to polish.
    A good silver will remove tarnish easily.
  2. Cleanliness; smoothness, shininess.
    The floor was waxed to a high .
  3. Refinement; cleanliness in performance or presentation.
    The lecturer showed a lot of at his last talk.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Polish

Mark and Michael Polish is a screenwriters, film producers, film directors, actors, screenwriter, film producer, film director, and actor. Mark was given the name Mark J. Polish on October 30th, 1970 in El Centro, California, United States.


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Popularity of Polish as a last name

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Common first names for Polish

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Polish U.S.
  White 93.62% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.13% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.55% 16.26%

Of Last Name Polish

People with the last name Polish are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Polish

  • How Popular is the name Polish? As a last name Polish was the 80,678th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Polish first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Polish is Monday, November 30th, -0001.
  • How unique is the name Polish? From 1880 to 2015 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Polish. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Polish: Your name in reverse order is Hsilop. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hoilsp. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Polish? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 235 people with the last name Polish.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Polish? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Polish as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.3m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

What Polish's Have Visited This Page?

What does the name Polish mean?

Pis for polite, naturally!

Ois for outgoing, so sociable are you

Lis for look, the way you look at life.

Iis for intriguing, arousing the curiosity of others

Sis for sensible, the practical side.

His for hero, as you appear to many.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.