South Slavic Surnames

These names are used in regions that use South Slavic languages.
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ABADJIEVBulgarian
Patronymic name derived from the Turkish word aba "coat". It may have originally denoted the children of a tailor.
ADAMIĆCroatian
Means "son of ADAM".
ANDONOVBulgarian
Means "son of ANDON".
ANTIĆSerbian, Croatian
Means "son of ANTO" or "son of ANTE (1)".
ANTOVBulgarian
Means "son of ANTON".
ASENOVBulgarian
Means "son of ASEN".
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".
BABIČSlovene
Slovene form of BABIĆ.
BACHVAROVBulgarian
Patronymic from Bulgarian бъчвар (bachvar) meaning "cooper, barrel maker".
BAKALOVBulgarian
Patronymic derived from Bulgarian bakalin meaning "grocer".
BOGDANIĆCroatian
Means "son of BOGDAN".
BOYADJIEVBulgarian
Variant transcription of BOYADZHIEV.
BOYADZHIEVBulgarian
Patronymic from Bulgarian бояджия (boyadzhiya) meaning "dyer".
BOYANOVBulgarian
Means "son of BOYAN".
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).
BUCHVAROVBulgarian
Variant transcription of BACHVAROV.
CHILIKOVBulgarian
Patronymic derived from Bulgarian челик (chelik) "steel" (of Turkish origin).
CRNČEVIĆSerbian, Croatian
Derived from Serbian and Croatian црн (crn) meaning "black".
CVETKOVBulgarian
Variant transcription of TSVETKOV.
DAMYANOVBulgarian
Means "son of DAMYAN".
DANAILOVBulgarian
Means "son of DANAIL".
DANCHEVBulgarian
Means "son of DANCHO".
DASKALOVBulgarian
Patronymic derived from даскал (daskal) meaning "teacher".
DAVIDOVIĆSerbian
Means "son of DAVID".
DEMIROVIĆBosnian
Means "son of DEMIR".
DIMOVBulgarian
Means "son of DIMO".
DOBREVBulgarian
Means "son of DOBRI".
DRAGANOVBulgarian
Means "son of DRAGAN".
DRAGIĆSerbian, Croatian, Slovene
Patronymic from any of the Slavic given names starting with Drag (see DRAGO).
DRAGOVBulgarian
Means "son of DRAGO".
FRANJIĆCroatian
Means "son of FRANJO".
FURLANItalian, 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".
FURNADJIEVBulgarian
Occupational name for a baker, derived from Bulgarian фурна (furna) meaning "oven".
GAŠPERSlovene
Derived from the given name GAŠPER.
GENADIEVBulgarian
Means "son of GENADI".
GENKOVBulgarian
Means "son of GENKO".
GENOVBulgarian
Means "son of GENO".
GEORGIEVBulgarian
Means "son of GEORGI".
GORANOVBulgarian
Means "son of GORAN".
GRBIĆSerbian, Croatian, Slovene
Means "hunchback", derived from Serbian, Croatian and Slovene grba "hump".
GRGIĆCroatian
Means "son of GRGUR".
GRIGOROVBulgarian
Means "son of GRIGOR".
GUJIĆBosnian
Means "son of a snake" from the Bosnian word guja meaning "snake".
HADJIEVBulgarian
Variant transcription of HADZHIEV.
HADZHIEVBulgarian
Means "son of the pilgrim" from Bulgarian хаджия (hadzhiya) meaning "pilgrim", ultimately derived from Arabic حجّي (hajji).
HERCEGCroatian
Croatian form of HERZOG.
HORVATCroatian, Slovene
From Croatian and Slovene Hrvat meaning "Croat, person from Croatia".
HORVATINČIĆCroatian
Patronymic derived from HORVAT.
HRISTOVBulgarian
Means "son of HRISTO".
ILIĆSerbian, Croatian
Means "son of ILIJA".
ILIEVBulgarian
Means "son of ILIYA".
IVANKOVBulgarian
Patronymic derived from a diminutive of IVAN.
IVANOVSKIMacedonian
Means "son of IVAN".
IVOVBulgarian
Means "son of IVO (2)".
JAKOLINSlovene
From Latin Jacobus, see JAMES.
JANKOVIČSlovene
Means "son of JANKO".
JEŽSlovene, Czech
Cognate of JEZ.
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".
KALOYANCHEVBulgarian
Means "son of little KALOYAN".
KALUŽASlovene
Means "a puddle" in Slovene.
KASPARGerman, Slovene
Derived from the given name KASPAR.
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.
KATRANJIEVBulgarian
Patronymic from katranjia "one who works at a tar pit".
KLEMENTSSlovene
From the given name KLEMEN.
KNEŽEVIĆCroatian, Serbian
Patronymic of the South Slavic word knež meaning "prince".
KOKOTSlovene
Means "rooster" in Slovene.
KOLARCroatian, Slovene
Croatian and Slovene cognate of KOLÁŘ.
KOPITARSlovene
Means "shoemaker".
KOROŠECSlovene
Originally indicated a person from Koroška (Carinthia), a medieval Slovene state, now divided between Slovenia and Austria.
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".
KOVACHEVBulgarian
Patronymic derived from Bulgarian ковач (kovach) meaning "blacksmith".
KOVAČIĆCroatian, Serbian, Bosnian
Patronymic derived from South Slavic kovač meaning "blacksmith".
KOVAČIČSlovene
Slovene form of KOVAČIĆ.
KOZELSlovene, Ukrainian
Derived from Slavic kozel "goat", probably used to denote a goatherd.
KRASTEVBulgarian
Means "son of KRASTIO".
KRIŽCzech, Slovak, Slovene
Means "cross" in Czech.
KRIZMANSlovene
From the given name KRISTIJAN.
LAZAROVBulgarian
Means "son of LAZAR".
LONČARCroatian, Serbian, Slovene
Means "potter", from Serbo-Croatian lonac, Slovene lonec meaning "pot".
LUKIĆSerbian
Means "son of LUKA".
MARIĆCroatian
Means "son of MARIJA".
MARINOVBulgarian
Means "son of MARIN".
MARKOVBulgarian, Russian
Means "son of MARKO or MARK".
MARTINOVBulgarian
Means "son of MARTIN".
MARUŠIĆCroatian
Matronymic surname meaning "son of MARIJA".
MATEEVBulgarian
Means "son of MATEY".
MATIĆCroatian
Means "son of MATIJA".
MEDVEDSlovene, Slovak, Croatian, Russian
Means "bear" in several Slavic languages.
MEHMEDOVIĆBosnian
Means "son of MEHMED".
MIHAYLOVBulgarian
Means "son of MIHAIL".
MIHOVBulgarian
Means "son of Miho", the given name Miho being a diminutive of MIHAIL.
MILIĆSerbian, Croatian
Means "son of MILE".
MILOJEVIĆSerbian
Means "son of MILOJE".
MILOŠEVIĆSerbian
Means "son of MILOŠ".
MINKOVBulgarian
Means "son of Minko", Minko being a Bulgarian diminutive of MIKHAIL.
MLAKARSlovene, Croatian
Derived from mlaka "pool". The name referred to someone who lived close to a pool.
MURATOVIĆBosnian
Means "son of MURAT".
NAOUMOVRussian, Bulgarian
Variant transcription of NAUMOV.
NAUMOVRussian, Bulgarian
Means "son of NAUM".
NIKOLOVBulgarian
Means "son of NIKOLAY".
NOVAKSlovene, Croatian, Serbian
Derived from Slavic novy "new", originally a name for someone who was new to a village.
OGNIANOVBulgarian
Variant transcription of OGNYANOV.
OGNYANOVBulgarian
Means "son of OGNYAN".
PANDEVMacedonian
Means "son of Pande", Pande being a diminutive form of PETAR.
PAVIĆCroatian
Means "son of PAVLE".
PAVLETIĆCroatian
Derived from a diminutive of the given name PAVLE.
PAVLOVRussian, 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.
PAVLOVSKIMacedonian
Means "son of PAVLE".
PERKOCroatian, Slovene
Derived from an archaic diminutive of PETAR.
PETRIĆCroatian
Means "son of PETAR".
PETROVRussian, Bulgarian
Means "son of PETER" in Russian and Bulgarian.
PETROVSKIMacedonian
Means "son of PETAR".
PLEŠECSlovene
Nickname for a bald person, from plešec "bald man".
PLEŠKOSlovene
Nickname for a bald person, from pleša "bald patch" or plešec "bald man".
POPOVRussian, Bulgarian
Means "son of the priest", derived from Russian and Bulgarian поп (pop).
POPOVSKIMacedonian
Means "son of the priest" in Macedonian.
RADEVBulgarian
Means "son of Rade", a diminutive of RADOSLAV, RADOMIR, or other names beginning with рад (rad).
RADIĆSerbian, Croatian
Patronymic derived from the given name RADE.
RADKOVBulgarian
Means "son of RADKO".
RESNIKSlovene
Possibly from Slovene resa meaning "heather".
SALIHOVIĆBosnian
Means "son of SALIH".
SIMEONOVBulgarian
Means "son of SIMEON".
SLAVKOVBulgarian
Means "son of SLAVKO".
STANEVBulgarian
Means "son of Stane", Stane being a diminutive of STANISLAV.
STEFANOVBulgarian
Means "son of STEFAN".
STEFANOVIĆSerbian
Means "son of STEFAN".
STOJANOVMacedonian
Means "son of STOJAN".
STOYANOVBulgarian
Means "son of STOYAN".
STRNADCzech, Slovene
Means "bunting" in Czech and Slovene.
STRUNASlovene, Czech
From Slavic struna meaning "string, cord", possibly denoting a maker of rope.
TERZIĆBosnian
From Bosnian terzija meaning "tailor", ultimately of Persian origin.
TODOROVBulgarian
Means "son of TODOR".
TOMČIĆSerbian, Croatian
Derived from a diminutive of the given name TOMA (2).
TOMOVBulgarian
Means "son of TOMA (2)".
TRIFONOVBulgarian
Means "son of TRIFON".
TSVETKOVBulgarian
Means "son of TSVETKO".
VALERIEVBulgarian
Means "son of VALERI".
VANCHEVBulgarian
Means "son of VANCHO" in Bulgarian.
VANEVBulgarian
Means "son of Ivan" in Bulgarian.
VANKOVBulgarian
Means "son of Ivan" in Bulgarian.
VANTCHEVBulgarian
Variant transcription of VANCHEV.
VELITCHKOVBulgarian
Variant transcription of VELICHKOV.
VINKOVIĆCroatian
Means "son of VINKO".
VLAHOVIĆSerbian, Croatian
Patronymic from Serbo-Croatian Vlah meaning "Romanian".
VLAŠIĆCroatian
Patronymic from the nickname Vlah meaning "Romanian".
VLAŠIČSlovene
Patronymic from the nickname Vlah meaning "Romanian".
VODENICHAROVBulgarian
Patronymic derived from Bulgarian воденичар (vodenichar) meaning "miller".
VUKOJACroatian
Derived from the given name VUK.
VUKOVIĆSerbian, Croatian
Derived from the given name VUK.
YANEVBulgarian
Means "son of Yane", a diminutive of YOAN (2).
YANKOVBulgarian
Means "son of YANKO".
YORDANOVBulgarian
Means "son of YORDAN".
ZAHARIEVBulgarian
Means "son of ZAHARI".
ZDRAVKOVBulgarian
Means "son of ZDRAVKO".
ZHIVKOVBulgarian
Means "son of ZHIVKO".
ŽITNIKSlovene, Czech
From the Slavic root žito meaning "rye". This was an occupational name for a dealer in rye or a baker.
ZLATKOVBulgarian
Means "son of ZLATKO".
ZORIĆSerbian, Croatian
Means "son of ZORA".
ŽUPANCroatian
Croatian cognate of ZUPAN.
ZUPANSlovene
From Slavic župan meaning "head of the district, community leader".
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