South Slavic Surnames

These names are used in regions that use South Slavic languages.
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ABADJIEV     Bulgarian
Patronymic name derived from the Turkish word aba "coat". It may have originally denoted the children of a tailor.
ADAMIĆ     Croatian
Means "son of ADAM".
ALEKSANDROV     Russian, Bulgarian
Means "son of ALEKSANDR".
ANDONOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of ANDON".
ANDREEV     Russian, Bulgarian
Means "son of ANDREY".
ANGELOV     Bulgarian, Macedonian
Means "son of ANGEL".
ANTIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of ANTO" or "son of ANTE (1)".
ANTONOV     Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Means "son of ANTON".
ANTOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of ANTON".
APOSTOLOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of APOSTOL".
ASENOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of ASEN".
ATANASOV     Bulgarian, Macedonian
Means "son of ATANAS".
ATELJEVIĆ     Serbian
Probably from Hatelji, the name of a town in Serbia, which is of unknown meaning.
BABIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Matronymic surname derived from Slavic baba "old woman".
BABIČ     Slovene
Slovene form of BABIĆ.
BACHVAROV     Bulgarian
Patronymic from Bulgarian бъчвар (bachvar) meaning "cooper, barrel maker".
BAKALOV     Bulgarian
Patronymic derived from Bulgarian bakalin meaning "grocer".
BOGDANIĆ     Croatian
Means "son of BOGDAN".
BOGDANOV     Russian, Bulgarian
Means "son of BOGDAN".
BOGDANOVIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of BOGDAN".
BORISLAVOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of BORISLAV".
BORISOV     Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian
Means "son of BORIS".
BOYADJIEV     Bulgarian
Variant transcription of BOYADZHIEV.
BOYADZHIEV     Bulgarian
Patronymic from Bulgarian бояджия (boyadzhiya) meaning "dyer".
BOYANOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of BOYAN".
BOZHIDAROV     Bulgarian
Means "son of BOZHIDAR".
BRANKOVIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of BRANKO".
BRANKOVIČ     Slovene
Slovene form of BRANKOVIĆ.
BRANKOVICH     Serbian
Variant transcription of BRANKOVIĆ.
BROZ     Croatian
Derived from Broz, a diminutive of AMBROZIJE. This was the birth surname of the Yugoslavian dictator Josip Broz Tito (1892-1980).
BUCHVAROV     Bulgarian
Variant transcription of BACHVAROV.
CHAVDAROV     Bulgarian
Means "son of CHAVDAR".
CHILIKOV     Bulgarian
Patronymic derived from Bulgarian челик (chelik) "steel" (of Turkish origin).
CRNČEVIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Derived from Serbian and Croatian црн (crn) meaning "black".
CVETKOV     Bulgarian
Variant transcription of TSVETKOV.
DAMYANOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of DAMYAN".
DANAILOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of DANAIL".
DANCHEV     Bulgarian
Means "son of DANCHO".
DANIELOV     Bulgarian
Variant of DANAILOV.
DASKALOV     Bulgarian
Patronymic derived from даскал (daskal) meaning "teacher".
DAVIDOVIĆ     Serbian
Means "son of DAVID".
DEMIROVIĆ     Bosnian
Means "son of DEMIR".
DIMITROV     Bulgarian, Macedonian
Means "son of DIMITAR".
DIMOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of DIMO".
DOBREV     Bulgarian
Means "son of DOBRI".
DRAGANOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of DRAGAN".
DRAGIĆ     Serbian, Croatian, Slovene
Patronymic from any of the Slavic given names starting with Drag (see DRAGO).
DRAGOMIROV     Bulgarian
Means "son of DRAGOMIR".
DRAGOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of DRAGO".
DRAGOVIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of DRAGO".
FILIPOV     Bulgarian, Macedonian
Means "son of FILIP".
FILIPOVIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of FILIP".
FRANIĆ     Croatian
Variant of FRANJIĆ.
FRANJIĆ     Croatian
Means "son of FRANJO".
FURLAN     Italian, Slovene
From the name of the Italian region of Friuli, in the northeast of Italy, which is derived from the name of the Roman town of Forum Iulii meaning "forum of Julius".
FURNADJIEV     Bulgarian
Occupational name for a baker, derived from Bulgarian фурна (furna) meaning "oven".
GAŠPER     Slovene
Derived from the given name GAŠPER.
GAVRILOVIĆ     Serbian
Means "son of GAVRILO".
GENADIEV     Bulgarian
Means "son of GENADI".
GENKOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of GENKO".
GENOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of GENO".
GEORGIEV     Bulgarian
Means "son of GEORGI".
GJORGIEV     Macedonian
Means "son of GJORGJI".
GORANOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of GORAN".
GRBIĆ     Serbian, Croatian, Slovene
Means "hunchback", derived from Serbian, Croatian and Slovene grba "hump".
GRGIĆ     Croatian
Means "son of GRGUR".
GRIGOROV     Bulgarian
Means "son of GRIGOR".
GUJIĆ     Bosnian
Means "son of a snake" from the Bosnian word guja meaning "snake".
HADJIEV     Bulgarian
Variant transcription of HADZHIEV.
HADZHIEV     Bulgarian
Means "son of the pilgrim" from Bulgarian хаджия (hadzhiya) meaning "pilgrim", ultimately derived from Arabic حجّي (hajji).
HARALAMPIEV     Bulgarian
Means "son of Haralampi", Haralampi being the Bulgarian form of CHARALAMPOS.
HERCEG     Croatian
Croatian form of HERZOG.
HORVAT     Croatian, Slovene
From Croatian and Slovene Hrvat meaning "Croat, person from Croatia".
HORVATINČIĆ     Croatian
Patronymic derived from HORVAT.
HRISTOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of HRISTO".
Means "son of IBRAHIM".
IGNATOV     Bulgarian, Russian
Means "son of IGNAT".
ILIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of ILIJA".
ILIEV     Bulgarian
Means "son of ILIYA".
ISAEV     Bulgarian
Means "son of ISAY".
IVANKOV     Bulgarian
Patronymic derived from a diminutive of IVAN.
IVANOVIĆ     Croatian, Serbian
Means "son of IVAN".
IVANOVSKI     Macedonian
Means "son of IVAN".
IVOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of IVO (2)".
JAKOLIN     Slovene
From Latin Jacobus, see JAMES.
JANKOVIĆ     Croatian, Serbian
Means "son of JANKO".
JANKOVIČ     Slovene
Means "son of JANKO".
JEŽ     Slovene, Czech
Cognate of JEZ.
JOVANOVIĆ     Serbian
Means "son of JOVAN".
JUGOVAC     Croatian
From Croatian jug meaning "south".
JURIĆ     Croatian
Means "son of JURE".
JURIŠA     Croatian
Derived from a diminutive form of JURE.
JUSIĆ     Bosnian
Perhaps means "son of JOSIP".
KALOYANCHEV     Bulgarian
Means "son of little KALOYAN".
KALOYANOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of KALOYAN".
KALUŽA     Slovene
Means "a puddle" in Slovene.
KAŠPAR     Czech, Slovene
Variant of KASPAR.
KASPAR     German, Slovene
Derived from the given name KASPAR.
KASUN     Croatian, 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.
KATRANJIEV     Bulgarian
Patronymic from katranjia "one who works at a tar pit".
KLEMENTS     Slovene
From the given name KLEMEN.
KNEŽEVIĆ     Croatian, Serbian
Patronymic of the South Slavic word knež meaning "prince".
KOKOT     Slovene
Means "rooster" in Slovene.
KOLAR     Croatian, Slovene
Croatian and Slovene cognate of KOLÁŘ.
KOPITAR     Slovene
Means "shoemaker".
KOROŠEC     Slovene
Originally indicated a person from Koroška (Carinthia), a medieval Slovene state, now divided between Slovenia and Austria.
KOŠAR     Croatian
From the Slavic word koš meaning "basket". It originally indicated a person who made or sold baskets.
KOVAC     Slovak, Croatian, Serbian, Czech
Simplified spelling of KOVÁČ or KOVAČ.
KOVAČ     Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Slovene
Means "blacksmith", a derivative of Slavic kovati meaning "to forge".
KOVAČEVIČ     Slovene
Slovene form of KOVAČEVIĆ.
KOVACHEV     Bulgarian
Patronymic derived from Bulgarian ковач (kovach) meaning "blacksmith".
KOVAČIĆ     Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian
Patronymic derived from South Slavic kovač meaning "blacksmith".
KOVAČIČ     Slovene
Slovene form of KOVAČIĆ.
KOZEL     Slovene, Ukrainian
Derived from Slavic kozel "goat", probably used to denote a goatherd.
KRASTEV     Bulgarian
Means "son of KRASTIO".
KRIŽ     Czech, Slovak, Slovene
Means "cross" in Czech.
KRIZMAN     Slovene
From the given name KRISTIJAN.
LAZAROV     Bulgarian
Means "son of LAZAR".
LONČAR     Croatian, Serbian, Slovene
Means "potter", from Serbo-Croatian lonac, Slovene lonec meaning "pot".
LUKIĆ     Serbian
Means "son of LUKA".
MARIĆ     Croatian
Means "son of MARIJA".
MARINOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of MARIN".
MARKOV     Bulgarian, Russian
Means "son of MARKO or MARK".
MARKOVIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of MARKO".
MARTINOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of MARTIN".
MARUŠIĆ     Croatian
Matronymic surname meaning "son of MARIJA".
MATEEV     Bulgarian
Means "son of MATEY".
MATIĆ     Croatian
Means "son of MATIJA".
MEDVED     Slovene, Slovak, Croatian, Russian
Means "bear" in several Slavic languages.
MEHMEDOVIĆ     Bosnian
Means "son of MEHMED".
MIHAILOVIĆ     Serbian
Means "son of MIHAILO".
MIHAJLOVIĆ     Serbian
Means "son of MIHAJLO".
MIHAYLOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of MIHAIL".
MIHOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of Miho", the given name Miho being a diminutive of MIHAIL.
MILIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of MILE".
MILOJEVIĆ     Serbian
Means "son of MILOJE".
MILOŠEVIĆ     Serbian
Means "son of MILOŠ".
Means "son of MILOVAN".
MINKOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of Minko", Minko being a Bulgarian diminutive of MIKHAIL.
MLADENOVSKI     Macedonian
Means "son of MLADEN".
MLAKAR     Slovene, Croatian
Derived from mlaka "pool". The name referred to someone who lived close to a pool.
MURATOVIĆ     Bosnian
Means "son of MURAT".
NAOUMOV     Russian, Bulgarian
Variant transcription of NAUMOV.
NAUMOV     Russian, Bulgarian
Means "son of NAUM".
NIKOLAEV     Russian, Bulgarian
Means "son of NIKOLAY".
NIKOLIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of NIKOLA (1)".
NIKOLOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of NIKOLAY".
NIKOLOVSKI     Macedonian
Means "son of NIKOLA (1)".
NOVAK     Slovene, Croatian, Serbian
Derived from Slavic novy "new", originally a name for someone who was new to a village.
OGNIANOV     Bulgarian
Variant transcription of OGNYANOV.
OGNYANOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of OGNYAN".
PANDEV     Macedonian
Means "son of Pande", Pande being a diminutive form of PETAR.
PAVIĆ     Croatian
Means "son of PAVLE".
PAVLETIĆ     Croatian
Derived from a diminutive of the given name PAVLE.
PAVLOV     Russian, Bulgarian
Means "son of PAVEL". A famous bearer of this surname was the Russian scientist Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936), known for his discovery of the conditioned reflex.
PAVLOVIĆ     Croatian, Serbian
Means "son of PAVLE".
PAVLOVSKI     Macedonian
Means "son of PAVLE".
PERKO     Croatian, Slovene
Derived from an archaic diminutive of PETAR.
PETRIĆ     Croatian
Means "son of PETAR".
PETROV     Russian, Bulgarian
Means "son of PETER" in Russian and Bulgarian.
PETROVIĆ     Croatian, Serbian
Means "son of PETAR".
PETROVSKI     Macedonian
Means "son of PETAR".
PLEŠEC     Slovene
Nickname for a bald person, from plešec "bald man".
PLEŠKO     Slovene
Nickname for a bald person, from pleša "bald patch" or plešec "bald man".
POPOV     Russian, Bulgarian
Means "son of the priest", derived from Russian and Bulgarian поп (pop).
POPOVSKI     Macedonian
Means "son of the priest" in Macedonian.
RADEV     Bulgarian
Means "son of Rade", Rade being a diminutive of RADOSLAV, RADOMIR, or any other name beginning with rad.
RADIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Patronymic derived from the given name Rade, a diminutive of RADOSLAV, RADOVAN or any other name beginning with rad.
RADKOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of RADKO".
RESNIK     Slovene
Topographic name, derived from resa "heather" or else from a type of barley.
SALIHOVIĆ     Bosnian
Means "son of SALIH".
SIMEONOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of SIMEON".
SLAVKOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of SLAVKO".
SOKOLOV     Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Means "son of SOKOL".
STANEV     Bulgarian
Means "son of Stane", Stane being a diminutive of STANISLAV.
STANKIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of STANKO".
STEFANOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of STEFAN".
STEFANOVIĆ     Serbian
Means "son of STEFAN".
STJEPANIĆ     Croatian
Means "son of STJEPAN".
STOJANOV     Macedonian
Means "son of STOJAN".
STOJANOVIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of STOJAN".
STOYANOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of STOYAN".
STRNAD     Czech, Slovak, Slovene
Means "bunting" in the central Slavic languages.
STRUNA     Slovene
Means "cord" from Slovene struna, possibly denoting a maker of rope.
TERZIĆ     Bosnian
From Bosnian terzija meaning "tailor", ultimately of Persian origin.
TODOROV     Bulgarian
Means "son of TODOR".
TOMČIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Derived from a diminutive of the given name TOMA (2).
TOMIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of TOMA (2)".
TOMOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of TOMA (2)".
TRIFONOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of TRIFON".
TSVETANOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of TSVETAN".
TSVETKOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of TSVETKO".
VALENTINOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of VALENTIN".
VALERIEV     Bulgarian
Means "son of VALERI".
VANCHEV     Bulgarian
Means "son of VANCHO" in Bulgarian.
VANEV     Bulgarian
Means "son of Ivan" in Bulgarian.
VANKOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of Ivan" in Bulgarian.
VANTCHEV     Bulgarian
Variant transcription of VANCHEV.
VASILEV     Bulgarian, Russian
Means "son of VASIL".
VELICHKOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of VELICHKO".
VELITCHKOV     Bulgarian
Variant transcription of VELICHKOV.
VIKTOROV     Russian, Bulgarian
Means "son of VIKTOR".
VINKOVIĆ     Croatian
Means "son of VINKO".
VLAHOVIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Patronymic from Serbo-Croatian Vlah meaning "Romanian".
VLAŠIĆ     Croatian
Patronymic from the nickname Vlah meaning "Romanian".
VLAŠIČ     Slovene
Patronymic from the nickname Vlah meaning "Romanian".
VODENICHAROV     Bulgarian
Patronymic derived from Bulgarian воденичар (vodenichar) meaning "miller".
VUKOJA     Croatian
Derived from the given name VUK.
VUKOVIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Derived from the given name VUK.
YANEV     Bulgarian
Means "son of Yane", a diminutive of YOAN (2).
YANKOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of YANKO".
YORDANOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of YORDAN".
ZAHARIEV     Bulgarian
Means "son of ZAHARI".
ZDRAVKOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of ZDRAVKO".
ZHIVKOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of ZHIVKO".
ŽITNIK     Slovene, Czech
From the Slavic root žito meaning "rye". This was an occupational name for a dealer in rye or a baker.
ŽIVKOVIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of ŽIVKO".
ZLATKOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of ZLATKO".
ZORIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of ZORA".
ŽUPAN     Croatian
Croatian cognate of ZUPAN.
ZUPAN     Slovene
From Slavic župan meaning "head of the district, community leader".
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