Serbian female names. History and meaning

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Serbian women's names impress theirvariety. They not only sound beautiful: every female name is filled with a special meaning and has several abbreviated versions. A feature of Serbian names is the ability to indicate in the documents any version of them.

Pagan origin

Serbs often gave the child a name that carried the function of "protection." It was a superstitious people, and parents tried to protect the baby from evil spirits, calling it in a special way.

Serbian female names

Serbian women's names of that time and their meaning: Gordana (proud), Tiyana (world), Bodena, Boyana (the battle). The girls were also named for their personal traits, they gave names that denote animals, plants, berries: Senka (shadow), Jegoda (strawberry, berry), Srebryanka (silver), Milica (sweet), Slavica (glorious), Vedran (merry) , Dejana (enterprising).

Christian origin

In the second half of the 19th century, SerbiaByzantium came Christianity. Since that time, residents had to call their children at birth only canonical names that had a church appointment. By origin, they were mostly ancient Greek or Roman early Christianity.

The girls began to be called: Sofia (wisdom), Natalia, Natasha (church Christmas), Jovan (God the good), Angela (angel), Milica (sweet), Willow (from the glorious "willow tree"), Slavna (gorgeous), Valeria (strong) Snezhana (woman of snow), Yana (pardoned by God), Anna (the mercy of God) and so on.

The canonical names have been adopted for a long time among Serbs who are accustomed to calling children in their native language.

After 1945, the choice of names became free. This was facilitated by the establishment of socialism throughout the territory of Serbia. At this time, names appear on the basis of their own vocabulary.

Features of education

Serbian women's names are formed in 20% of caseswith the help of the suffix "ka". In Russian, this suffix gives the word a pejorative connotation, and in Serbia it does not carry any lexical load: Zhivka, Slavyanka, Zdravka, Milinka. In female names, suffixes "ina", "ana", "egg" are also found (Snezhana, Yasmina, Slavica, Lilyana, Zoritsa). All Serbian women's names end in "a".

beautiful Serbian female names

Girls who were born in noble families, gave names consisting of two roots - Dregoslav, Radmila, Negoslava, Negomir. But they were a rarity, as the compound name was given mostly to a man.


The most popular beautiful Serbian womennames in our time: Theodora, Jovanna, Willow, Yana, Tatiana, Sarah, Catharina, Sofia, Maria, Angela. Some of them borrow when daughters are called in other countries.

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