Serbo-Croatian Surnames

These names are used in Serbia, Croatia, and other parts of the former Yugoslavia. For more specific lists, see Serbian names and Croatian names.
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ADAMIĆCroatian
Means "son of ADAM".
ANTIĆSerbian, Croatian
Means "son of ANTO" or "son of ANTE (1)".
ATELJEVIĆSerbian
Probably from Hatelji, the name of a town in Serbia, which is of unknown meaning.
BABIĆSerbian, Croatian
Matronymic surname derived from Slavic baba "old woman".
BOGDANIĆCroatian
Means "son of BOGDAN".
BRANKOVICHSerbian
Variant transcription of BRANKOVIĆ.
BROZCroatian
Derived from Broz, a diminutive of AMBROZIJE. This was the birth surname of the Yugoslavian dictator Josip Broz Tito (1892-1980).
CRNČEVIĆSerbian, Croatian
Derived from Serbian and Croatian црн (crn) meaning "black".
DAVIDOVIĆSerbian
Means "son of DAVID".
DEMIROVIĆBosnian
Means "son of DEMIR".
DRAGIĆSerbian, Croatian, Slovene
Patronymic from any of the Slavic given names starting with Drag (see DRAGO).
FRANJIĆCroatian
Means "son of FRANJO".
GRBIĆSerbian, Croatian, Slovene
Means "hunchback", derived from Serbian, Croatian and Slovene grba "hump".
GRGIĆCroatian
Means "son of GRGUR".
GUJIĆBosnian
Means "son of a snake" from the Bosnian word guja meaning "snake".
HERCEGCroatian
Croatian form of HERZOG.
HORVATCroatian, Slovene
From Croatian and Slovene Hrvat meaning "Croat, person from Croatia".
HORVATINČIĆCroatian
Patronymic derived from HORVAT.
ILIĆSerbian, Croatian
Means "son of ILIJA".
JOVANOVIĆSerbian
Means "son of JOVAN".
JUGOVACCroatian
From Croatian jug meaning "south".
JURIĆCroatian
Means "son of JURE".
JURIŠACroatian
Derived from a diminutive form of JURE.
JUSIĆBosnian
Perhaps means "son of JOSIP".
KASUNCroatian, Serbian, Bosnian
Derived from the Old Slavic term kazac "to order, command", here referring to one who bore an air of authority, and whose word was heeded and obeyed.
KNEŽEVIĆCroatian, Serbian
Patronymic of the South Slavic word knež meaning "prince".
KOLARCroatian, Slovene
Croatian and Slovene cognate of KOLÁŘ.
KOŠARCroatian
From the Slavic word koš meaning "basket". It originally indicated a person who made or sold baskets.
KOVACSlovak, Croatian, Serbian, Czech
Simplified spelling of KOVÁČ or KOVAČ.
KOVAČCroatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Slovene
Means "blacksmith", a derivative of Slavic kovati meaning "to forge".
KOVAČIĆCroatian, Serbian, Bosnian
Patronymic derived from South Slavic kovač meaning "blacksmith".
LONČARCroatian, Serbian, Slovene
Means "potter", from Serbo-Croatian lonac, Slovene lonec meaning "pot".
LUKIĆSerbian
Means "son of LUKA".
MARIĆCroatian
Means "son of MARIJA".
MARUŠIĆCroatian
Matronymic surname meaning "son of MARIJA".
MATIĆCroatian
Means "son of MATIJA".
MEDVEDSlovene, Slovak, Croatian, Russian
Means "bear" in several Slavic languages.
MEHMEDOVIĆBosnian
Means "son of MEHMED".
MILIĆSerbian, Croatian
Means "son of MILE".
MILOJEVIĆSerbian
Means "son of MILOJE".
MILOŠEVIĆSerbian
Means "son of MILOŠ".
MLAKARSlovene, Croatian
Derived from mlaka "pool". The name referred to someone who lived close to a pool.
MURATOVIĆBosnian
Means "son of MURAT".
NOVAKSlovene, Croatian, Serbian
Derived from Slavic novy "new", originally a name for someone who was new to a village.
PAVIĆCroatian
Means "son of PAVLE".
PAVLETIĆCroatian
Derived from a diminutive of the given name PAVLE.
PERKOCroatian, Slovene
Derived from an archaic diminutive of PETAR.
PETRIĆCroatian
Means "son of PETAR".
RADIĆSerbian, Croatian
Patronymic derived from the given name RADE.
SALIHOVIĆBosnian
Means "son of SALIH".
STEFANOVIĆSerbian
Means "son of STEFAN".
TERZIĆBosnian
From Bosnian terzija meaning "tailor", ultimately of Persian origin.
TOMČIĆSerbian, Croatian
Derived from a diminutive of the given name TOMA (2).
VINKOVIĆCroatian
Means "son of VINKO".
VLAHOVIĆSerbian, Croatian
Patronymic from Serbo-Croatian Vlah meaning "Romanian".
VLAŠIĆCroatian
Patronymic from the nickname Vlah meaning "Romanian".
VUKOJACroatian
Derived from the given name VUK.
VUKOVIĆSerbian, Croatian
Derived from the given name VUK.
ZORIĆSerbian, Croatian
Means "son of ZORA".
ŽUPANCroatian
Croatian cognate of ZUPAN.
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