Frequency in Croatian population: 10.074 (10th Most Frequent)
The Marković family name is one of the oldest patronymic Croatian surnames. It consists of the root Marko which is the Croatian version of the Christian name Mark, followed by two suffixes: “-ov” (patronymic suffix of a meaning “of Marko”) and “-ić” which is a standard South Slavic suffix in surnames which means “little” or “descendant”.
There are other Croatian surnames with the same root: Markovčić, Markić, Markov, Markoč, Markoš, Markovac, Markan, Markaš, Markec, Markelić, Markulin, Markela, Marketo…
Bearers of the Marković surname usually of a Croat ethnicity, mostly from Bosnian Krajina or from Ivanec near Varaždin. They can also be of a Serbian ethnicity from the region near the city of Duga Resa.
Geography. Kotor Varoš, a town in Bosnia-Herzegovina is the place where one of every forty residents bear this surname. Since mid 20th century, the number of persons who bear Marković family name has doubled.
(Sources: Petar Šimunović, Hrvatska prezimena, Golden Marketing-Tehnička knjiga, Zagreb, 2006; Enciklopedija hrvatskih prezimena, Nacionalni rodoslovni centar, 2008)