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Popularity of the Baby Name Zbigniew

Number of Babies Named Zbigniew

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Zbigniew

Name Prediction from 1964

This comes from a newspaper article published in the mid-1960s:

The American melting pot has made something of a stew of old world cultures. Isaac and Rebecca Goldberg are the parents not of Moses and Rachael, but of Donald and Marie. Hjalmar and Sigrid Johanson are the parents of Richard and Dorothy. It seems rather a shame that Axel and Jens, Helma and Ingeborg, not to mention Stanislaus and Giacomo and Pedro and Vladimir have just about disappeared. The custom seems to be for the first generation to anglicize the given name as soon as possible. The next generation or two branches out and we get Pat Johnson, even Angus Puccini. Then, after a few generations, there is a tentative reach backward for the Shawns or even the Seans. Katy’s real name may again be Caitlin, Pat’s Padriac.

The last two sentences are rather prescient. We see many parents nowadays taking that “tentative reach backward” to find a name that pays tribute to their cultural heritage. The key, of course, is finding a name that conforms to modern tastes. Names like Hjalmar and Zbigniew may be legit family names, but they’re probably a no-go. Family names like Giuliana and Liam, on the other hand, fit right in.

Source: “Quite a Problem, Naming the Baby.” Eugene Register-Guard 9 Feb. 1964: 10A.

New Yorker Jokes About Polish Name Zbigniew

The New Yorker has received nearly 30 complaints about a cartoon featured in its Feb. 19 issue.

The single-panel cartoon features 2 children at a bus stop. One is telling the other that his “parents named [him] Zbigniew because they were drunk.”

Zbigniew cartoon

Zbigniew is a traditional Polish name pronounced something like ZBEEG-nyef.

Those who complained considered the cartoon a ‘Polish joke.’

The New Yorker said the joke was the unusual name itself, nothing more.

Were you offended by this cartoon?