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Croatian Names & Surnames in English Form

(photo credit: Marko Lukunic/PIXSELL)

(photo credit: Marko Lukunic/PIXSELL)

By Iva Ralica

Many names and surnames in Croatia are derived from old Slavic words, with no equivalent in other languages outside its circle.

Still, some do have their English form, such as the surname Kovač (Smith) and the name Ivan (John). Others, like Horvat – the older version of the word Hrvat, meaning a Croat – or Babić -derived from a word meaning old woman – or names like Mira – meaning peace – or Dobra – meaning good – don’t seem to have the right translation into English.

A lot of names also took on new forms as Croatians spread around the world and ‘Englishized’ their names, such as Tomislav to Tom or Marko to Mark.

Here are some names and their English equivalents:

NAMES
Andrej – Andrew
Ana, Anica – Anna
Ante, Antonio, Antun – Anthony
Blanka – Blanche
Blaž – Blaise
Baldo – Bob
Đuro (Juraj) – George
Eva – Eve
Fran, Franjo – Francis
Grgur – Gregory
Hrvoje – Harry
Ivan – John
Ilija – Elijah
Jadran – Adrian
Jakov – Jacob, Jack
Janja – Agnes
Janko – Evan, Shane, Sean, Hank
Jasen – Jason
Jozo, Joze, Josip – Joseph, Joe
Juraj, Jure – George
Karlo – Charles or Carl
Katja, Kata – Kate, Kathleen
Luka – Luke
Lucija, Luči – Lucy
Matija, Matej, Mate – Matthias or Matthew
Marko – Mark
Miljenko – Mike, Michael
Nikola – Nicholas or Nick
Pavao, Paval – Paul
Pero – Peter
Šimun – Simon
Stjepan, Stipe – Stephen or Steve
Slavko – Gary
Tomislav – Tom
Vinko, Vice – Vincent

SURNAMES
Adamić, Adamović – Adams, Adamson, Eads, Eason, Edison, Adcock, Atkins, Atkinson
Filipović – Phillips, Phelps
Ilić – Ellis, Ellison, Elliston, Eliot, Elliot, Elliott
Ivanović – Johnson
Janković – Hanson, Janson, Johnson, Jones, Hancock
Jurić – Georgeson
Kovač – Smith (Blacksmith)
Matić – Mathewson
Pavlović – Paulson
Petrović – Pearce, Pearson, Peters, Peterson, Pierce, Pierson, Park, Perkins
Stjepanić – Stevenson, Stephenson

(photo credit: Marko Lukunic/PIXSELL)

(photo credit: Marko Lukunic/PIXSELL)

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