Croatians, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics, have not deviated too much from the favorite names over last hundred years…
A number of male names which were in the top 10 in the 1920s are still popular today, whilst there has been more of a change with female names.
An interesting fact is that in Croatia from 1920 until 1959, the same three names were the most popular and in the same sequence: Ivan, Josip and Stjepan. The 1960s saw some change, with Željko, Ivan, Ivica the most popular names in the country. The 70s of saw Mario, Ivica and Tomislav take the top 3 spots. Ivan or Ivica have featured in all of the most popular lists since the 1920s.
Most popular male names in decades:
1960-69: Željko, Ivan, Ivica
1970-79: Mario, Ivica, Tomislav
1980-89: Ivan, Marko, Tomislav
1990-99: Ivan, Marko, Josip
2000-2010: Luka, Ivan, Marko
When it came to female names there was more variety than with the male names, but one name has stood out over a long period of time as being the most popular and that is Marija.
Most popular female names in decades:
1950-59: Marija, Nada, Ana
1960-69: Marija, Vesna, Mirjana
1970-79: Ivana, Marija, Sanja
1980-89: Ivana, Ana, Martina
1990-99: Ivana, Ana, Marija
1999-2010: Lucija, Ana, Lana