Croatian Names

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  1. esteban jokic
    esteban jokic / 1-16-2014 / ·

    need to find the Tokic family in Zadar Croatia

  2. Claudia Rainey
    Claudia Rainey / 2-16-2014 / ·

    I am curious about the origin of the name Stanfel – my husband thinks it may be a corruption of another Croatian name. Anyone know about the origins of it?

    1. Lindsy
      Lindsy / 4-17-2016 / ·

      This is my maiden name. My great-parents are from Croatia.

  3. Andrew Vuljanic
    Andrew Vuljanic / 8-22-2014 / ·

    Great Grandfather cam to usa . looking for Vuljanic.

  4. Barbara parish
    Barbara parish / 1-12-2015 / ·

    My father’s name was juraj jakin. I would
    Like to know the origin of this name. When he came to America
    They changed the j in jakin to Yakin. Any info would help.

  5. Susan Nolan
    Susan Nolan / 3-26-2015 / ·

    I am doing research on Joseph Sakatsitz (How his name shows up on several forms in the US from 1901 into the 30s when he shortened to Saks. I did see an early spelling Sakasits as well. I know he came from Burgerland which in 1901 was Hungarian territory at the time. I see some alternative spellings like Szokatsis, Sczaczs too. Anyway, trying to figure out where the family came from. Looks like Josephs parents are Stephan and Anna probably from Ubersdorf Austria. I don’t think our name is German. With a bit of research it must be either Hungarian, maybe Polish, or maybe Croatian?

    1. davorin
      davorin / 10-29-2015 / ·

      Szokats is way or spelling before 1850 and is name for Croatians from North East part of Croatia. Modern way is Sokac. That area is known as Slavonija in Croatian language. Szokatsis would be something like son of Szokats (Sokac).

  6. Jill Skradski Novotny
    Jill Skradski Novotny / 5-1-2015 / ·

    My paternal side has the surname of Skradski. And are from Croatia. Just wondering if it is a Croatian name. I didn’t see it on the surname list. Also, if it’s not a Croatian name, might it be a form of another name? It was spelled with a y also.

  7. Rose-Marie Kranjcevic
    Rose-Marie Kranjcevic / 8-19-2015 / ·

    Looking for relatives of Kranjcevic family, originally from Lichko Lescko or Otatac, Croatia. My father was born in l903 and emigrated to Canada in l927. He had 3 sisters and one brother, Milan, who would now be in his late 80’s and possibly living in Krapina. Milan had one daughter that we know, her name being Tifania . An info would be appreciated

  8. Borut Senker
    Borut Senker / 9-6-2015 / ·

    My surname is Senker can I find my origin and family

  9. Damian Arlo Branica
    Damian Arlo Branica / 12-10-2015 / ·

    Hi, I’m looking to find out anything about the name Branica from Zlarin. My name is Damian. My Father was Frank. He was born in the US. My Granfather Frank and Granmother Anna Fritz Branica. I think her maiden name was Fritz. My GF fought for the Austrians in WW1. Then for the US in WW2. I’m 41. All of my family is dead.Dad died when I was 12. I didnt know my mother. She left when I was 1 yrs old. She just died in a fire. It sounds horrible right? Anyway, any help about Branica from Zlarin would so appreciated.

  10. H
    H / 6-19-2016 / ·

    I am looking to find the grave of my father (David Freel born 10.11.59 – I am unsure of his death date) . He came to Croatia in 1991 and served as a foreign volunteer in the forerunner of the Croatian Armed Forces, the Croatian National Guard (ZNG-RH) and later the Croatian Army.
    I am told he is buried someone in one of the cemeteries in Split, in a catholic cementary.
    Please can you help me locate this so I can visit where he rests

  11. chris hutchison
    chris hutchison / 2-7-2017 / ·

    Hi, my name is Chris Hutchison my grandmother’s maiden name was branicca. She was born and raised in Croatia on the island of Zlarin. I would be happy to connect you with her. My email is

  12. Nuic Andjelko
    Nuic Andjelko / 2-8-2017 / ·

    Kako pronaci preime Nuic ???

  13. Robin Pozgar
    Robin Pozgar / 3-23-2017 / ·

    My family names are Pozega and Juranich.

  14. Joan Fabian
    Joan Fabian / 5-2-2017 / ·

    My maternal grandmother’s maiden name was Sosteric or Sostaric.
    She was from Zagreb and moved to Chicago in the late 1900’s. Wondering if this name is a common Croatian name. I have many postcards addressed to her sister Irma from WW1 but the handwriting is in script so its almost impossible to translate.
    Thank you

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  16. Matthew Pavelich
    Matthew Pavelich / 8-13-2017 / ·

    No relation to me, but I was just reading about one of the early Croatian families in Alabama, USA. One of the families is Pongeraytor or Pongerayter. I’m just so curious as to what the original Croatian version of that last name was!

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  18. Suzanne Rich
    Suzanne Rich / 12-10-2017 / ·

    My last name is BAKARICH grandmother’s was LAUS. any info?

  19. Andrea Pitcher
    Andrea Pitcher / 1-29-2018 / ·

    Hi my maiden name is Boric (Borich in English), my family and I have been trying to do our family tree for over a decade with no luck. Family members have passed and those that are still alive were too young to remember or it was unknown to their parents and so forth. My Great Grandfather was Marin Boric we know he travelled to various countries (Australia, New Zealand, USA etc) working. My Grandfather (dad’s side) is Svetozar Boric and dad’s name is Zeljko Borich. My mum’s maiden name is Ruzica Skoric her parents were Ivan & Klara but beyond them we have no clue of any family member names same with my dad’s side.

    Also seeking the Boric family crest.

    Any help would be most appreciated.

  20. Pascal
    Pascal / 4-9-2018 / ·

    I am looking for an ancester from the republic of Ragusa. Her name was Catherine Beatowa (Beatonick) she arrived from St. Lucia, in the Carrebeen, in Haiti near 1810-1820. We have this information because it is written in a marriage certificate from one of her son that She was from the Republic of Raguse. Any information to help me will be wellcomed. Thanks Pascal

  21. Sylvia vunak
    Sylvia vunak / 1-21-2019 / ·

    Hello I’m looking for information about the surnames vunak and jelic and loncaric please.

  22. John H Erceg
    John H Erceg / 4-27-2019 / ·

    Looking for siblings of Grgo (George) Erceg and Agnes Domandech (Domamzic) mid 1800’s in Vrgorac,Holm area of Croatia. One Male was John Ivan Erceg 27 Dec 1888 died 15 July 1944. There was a Jerko Erceg and may a younger Andrew that went to New Zealand.

  23. zdenka sessa
    zdenka sessa / 7-9-2019 / ·

    Gabelica,prezime je Hrvatsko iz Podbablja kod Imotskog!A nije uvršteno u prezimena Hrvata!
    Molim da ispravite grešku

  24. Patricia Nicolorich
    Patricia Nicolorich / 7-1-2020 / ·

    Estoy buscando información sobre familia Nicolorich,en Croacia,mi abuelo vino a Argenþina desde Trieste,aunque era nacido en Bol,Brac,quisiera saber de sus hnos y descendientes

  25. Patricia Nicolorich
    Patricia Nicolorich / 7-1-2020 / ·

    No encuentro mi apellido dentro de los croatas,Nicolorich,será una deformación del original?

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