Polans (western)

Central European ethnic group / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Western Polans (also known as Polanes, Polanians; Polish: Polanie, derived from Old Slavic pole, "field" or "plain", from Proto-Indo-European *pleh₂- "flatland") were a West Slavic and Lechitic tribe, inhabiting the Warta River basin of the contemporary Greater Poland region starting in the 6th century.[1] They were one of the main tribes in Central Europe and were closely related to the Vistulans, Masovians, Czechs and Slovaks.

West Slavs of the 9th–10th centuries
A fragment of the Gesta Hammaburgensis ecclesiae pontificum (1073) by Adam of Bremen containing the name PolansLatin: trans Oddaram sunt Polanos, lit.'across the Oder are the Polans'.