Frequency in Croatian population: 7.538 (19th Most Frequent)
First mention of the Pavić family name can be found in Croatia in 17th century. It’s origin is a hypocoristic variant of the first name of Pavo or Pave, which further originates from first names Paval or Pavao (Paul). It Latin, “paulus” means “little”. Except in Croatia, this surname can often be found in Montenegro (since 18th century) as well as in Bosnia (in the region of Buško Blato and Duvno) where probably came from Croatian Dalmatia. Pavić family name in Serbia is not particularly frequent.
Geography. Krapina is the Croatian city where considerable number of persons with the Pavić surname reside. They are mostly Croats, but there are also some Croatian Serbs near Duga Resa that bear that surname. The village of Lukovčak in Krapina is the place where almost every resident bears the Pavić family name.
(Sources: Petar Šimunović, Hrvatska prezimena, Golden Marketing-Tehnička knjiga, Zagreb, 2006; Enciklopedija hrvatskih prezimena, Nacionalni rodoslovni centar, 2008)