Croatian Surnames that begin with the letter Z

Croatian Surnames that begin with the letter ZHere is the list of Croatian surnames or family names that begin with the letter Z (pronounced /z/). By clicking letters of the alphabet on the right side of the screen, you can access other surnames. You can access more information about each surname by clicking on a particular surname listed on the right side of the screen or by choosing a surname (family name) from the drop down menu:

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9 Responses

  1. Antonio Ziz
    Antonio Ziz / 6-18-2014 / ·

    Antonio Ziz married Maria Muscardini from Cres, Croatia. He had two sons: Antonio D. Ziz and George M. Ziz.
    George M. Ziz married Katherine (Katie) Stiglich and immigrated to America in 1882 and settled in Biloxi, Mississippi
    I need help with more information on family in Cres.
    Any help would be appreciated. George M. Ziz was my Great Grandfather

  2. Zagar
    Zagar / 10-14-2014 / ·

    Please, help me settle a family bet as to how to correctly pronounce the Croatian name Zagar. Thank you.

  3. Patricia VanAmburg
    Patricia VanAmburg / 1-8-2015 / ·

    My grandmother’s maiden name was Zagar. My father pronounced it with a hard Z and long A–but I think that was very Americanized.

  4. C. Zagar
    C. Zagar / 9-28-2016 / ·

    The correct spelling is Žagar (with a diacritic, or little “v” over the “Z”).

    It is pronounced (like Zsa Zsa Gabor) Zsa-gar

    It means “someone who cuts wood” (Žaga is a “saw”).

  5. Ali MacDonald
    Ali MacDonald / 10-15-2016 / ·

    I am looking for the family ZNIDAREC or ZNIDARIC from Croatia. The person I am looking for used several first names Johann, Jan and Giovanni (when in Trieste in 1914).He was born in 1875. Any help would be appreciated.

  6. zuleica pahor
    zuleica pahor / 4-12-2017 / ·

    My grand father was Ivan Radaic Krovat, he married Frana Puza Zanetic.

    They came from Brasil in 1925, with five daughters. It wuold be good

    to receive some news about family

  7. Zrinka
    Zrinka / 4-17-2017 / ·

    Hi Patricia,

    No, your dad pronounced the name correctly. It’s pronounced exactly how it’s written. Actually, the second A shouldn’t be too long, I’m from the town of Zadar and I hear it pronounced as Zadaaaaar in English, but should be Zadar. Hope this hels.

  8. Griffin Buerk
    Griffin Buerk / 7-8-2018 / ·

    Zorotovic from Podhumlje on the island of Vis.

  9. natalizia vidolich
    natalizia vidolich / 11-9-2018 / ·

    hi i am Maltese but my surname is Croatian ( vidolich ) it is spelled like this vidulic . i need to do some research about my family generation in Croatia and if we have relatives please any one can help me out

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