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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ADAMIĆ Croatian
Means "son of ADAM".
ANTIĆ Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of ANTO" or "son of ANTE (1)".
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".
BOGDANIĆ Croatian
Means "son of BOGDAN".
BRANKOVICH Serbian
Alternate transcription of Serbian Бранковић (see BRANKOVIĆ).
BROZ Croatian
Derived from Broz, a diminutive of AMBROZIJE. This was the birth surname of the Yugoslavian dictator Josip Broz Tito (1892-1980).
CRNČEVIĆ Serbian, Croatian
Derived from Serbian and Croatian црн (crn) meaning "black".
DAVIDOVIĆ Serbian
Means "son of DAVID".
DEMIROVIĆ Bosnian
Means "son of DEMIR".
DRAGIĆ Serbian, Croatian, Slovene
Patronymic from any of the Slavic given names starting with Drag (see DRAGO).
FRANJIĆ Croatian
Means "son of FRANJO".
GAVRILOVIĆ Serbian
Means "son of GAVRILO".
GRBIĆ Serbian, Croatian, Slovene
Means "hunchback", derived from Serbian, Croatian and Slovene grba "hump".
GRGIĆ Croatian
Means "son of GRGUR".
GUJIĆ Bosnian
Means "son of a snake" from the Bosnian word guja meaning "snake".
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.
ILIĆ Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of ILIJA".
IVANOVIĆ Croatian, Serbian
Means "son of IVAN".
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".
KASUN Croatian
Possibly derived from the old Slavic word kazati meaning "to order, to command".
KNEŽEVIĆ Croatian, Serbian
Patronymic of Serbo-Croatian knez meaning "prince" (ultimately of Germanic origin).
KOKOT Slovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian cognate of KOHUT.
KOLAR Croatian, Slovene
Croatian and Slovene cognate of KOLÁŘ.
KOŠAR Croatian
From Croatian koš meaning "basket", originally indicating 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".
KOVAČIĆ Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian
Patronymic derived from South Slavic kovač meaning "blacksmith".
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".
MARUŠIĆ Croatian
Matronymic surname meaning "son of MARIJA".
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".
MILIĆ Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of MILE".
MILOJEVIĆ Serbian
Means "son of MILOJE".
MILOŠEVIĆ Serbian
Means "son of MILOŠ".
MLAKAR Slovene, Croatian
Derived from mlaka "pool". The name referred to someone who lived close to a pool.
MURATOVIĆ Bosnian
Means "son of MURAT".
NOVAK Slovene, Croatian, Serbian
Derived from Slavic novy "new", originally a name for someone who was new to a village.
PAVIĆ Croatian
Means "son of PAVLE".
PAVLETIĆ Croatian
Derived from a diminutive of the given name PAVLE.
PERKO Slovene, Croatian
Derived from an archaic diminutive of PETER.
PETRIĆ Croatian
Means "son of PETAR".
RADIĆ Serbian, Croatian
Patronymic derived from the given name RADE.
SALIHOVIĆ Bosnian
Means "son of SALIH".
STEFANOVIĆ Serbian
Means "son of STEFAN".
STJEPANIĆ Croatian
Means "son of STJEPAN".
TERZIĆ Bosnian
From Bosnian terzija meaning "tailor", ultimately of Persian origin.
TOMČIĆ Serbian, Croatian
Derived from a diminutive of the given name TOMA (2).
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".
VUKOJA Croatian
Derived from the given name VUK.
VUKOVIĆ Serbian, Croatian
Derived from the given name VUK.
ZORIĆ Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of ZORA".
ŽUPAN Croatian
Croatian cognate of ZUPAN.