Top 20 Popular Serbian Baby Names For Boys And Girls

Serbia is a country in the Balkan region of Europe and is known for its rich heritage. If you are looking for an unusual foreign moniker for your baby, check out these Serbian baby names. Serbian names are gaining popularity due to their modern pronunciations and deep meanings. These names are influenced by the country’s tradition and represent the nation’s diversity. A few common Serbian names also include common English names but mostly in their native form. The neighboring countries also influence the common names in this nation. Either way, Serbia has many baby names to offer you. Check out a few of them in this post below.

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Serbian Boy Names With Meanings

1. David

David is a universal name. It is as popular in Serbia as it is in United Kingdom, United States, and Russia. The name David comes from the Hebrew word, which means ‘beloved’. David was the greatest king of Israel. And who can forget his legendary victory over the giant Goliath.

2. Matija

Matija is the Serbian form of the name Matthias. In the Bible, Matija was the Apostle, who replaces Judas, the traitor. The pronunciation of the name is as “Ma-ti-ha”.

3. Miloje

Miloje is the Serbian name coming from the Slavic element ‘milu’, which means ‘gracious’. It is a diminutive of the name Milojica. Miloje is one of our favorite Serbian boy names.

4. Miroslav

The name Miroslav originates from Slavic elements

German footballer Miroslav Klose is the most popular name-bearer for the Serbian name Miroslav. The name originates from Slavic elements ‘miru’, which means ‘peace’ and ‘slava’, which means ‘glory’. Miroslav was also the name of the 10th-century king of Croatia. So it will make a perfect name for your little prince.

5. Spiridon

Spiridon is the Serbian form of the Greek name Spyridon. Many Serbian parents like this name. It means ‘spirit’.

6. Rodavan

Rodavan is another great name you can consider for your baby. It comes from the Slavic element ‘rad’, which means ‘happy’ and van, which means ‘soul’. Hence, the name Roda van means ‘happy soul’.

7. Vlado

If you are looking for a fresh and trendy name for your son, then Vlado should be your choice. Vlado is a short form of the Serbian name Vladimir. It has a musical kind of vibe to it. The name means ‘born to rule’.

8. Zivko

Zivko is a Serbian baby name

Names starting with the letter ‘Z’ sound glamorous, don’t you think so? We like the kind of ring or zing a ‘Z’ sound has. Zivko sounds perfect. It means ‘living.’ What do you think?

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Zhivko is the Bulgarian version of Zivko.

9. Bogdan

The name Bogdan will surely make your kid stand out of the crowd. It comes from the Slavic word ‘bogu,’ which means ‘god’ and dan, which means ‘given’. Therefore, the name means ‘given by God’.

10. Andrej

Andrej is a form of the name Andrew. It is one of the most appealing Serbian boy names. The ending ‘Drej’ adds to its overall sophistication. Andrej means ‘manly and strong’.

Serbian Girl Names With Meanings

11. Aleksandra

Aleksandra is the Serbian variant of the ever-popular name Alexandra. It is the feminine form of the Alexander and has been in the Top 100 names for over 200 years now. And we see no signs of its fading. So you can safely consider for your baby without thinking that it will sound old-fashioned. This elegant name has a chic aura despite its popularity. If you want a shorter version, then you can go for Alexa or Xandra.

12. Teodora

Teodora is an attractive Serbian name

Teodora is an attractive Serbian name. And it has an equally attractive nickname. We feel the Teodora has more phonic appeal than its English form Theodora. The nicknames you can consider for Teodora include Dory, Dora, and Teo. The name Teodora means ‘gift of God’.

13. Jana

Jana is a feminine version of the name Jan. This cross-cultural name is famous not just in Serbia, but also in Holland, Ireland, and Scandinavia. You have to pronounce Jana as Yah-nah or Jan-ah.

14. Katarina

Katarina is the Serbian version of Katherine. It sounds extremely pleasing to the ears. If Katarina is too ordinary for you, then you can consider the unusual Ekaterina. The name means ‘pure’.

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Katerina Tikhonova is the name of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s younger daughter with former wife, Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Ocheretnaya.

15. Petra

Petra is an impressive Serbian name with a Slavic feel to it. It is a feminine form of the name Peter. This is one of the best serbian girl names, that relates to the ancient city in the Jordan. Supermodel and international disaster relief activist Petra Nemcova is the most popular Petra in the world. Petra means ‘rock formation’.

16. Malina

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Malina is a sweet sounding name for your little sweetheart. It means ‘raspberries’, the fruit. The name is a feminization of Malcolm or a variation of the Greek name Melina. Malina is popular in Serbia.

17. Milena

Milena sounds a lot like Malina but has a different meaning. The meaning of Milena is ‘love, warmth, grace’. The name has a continental appeal to it. Did you know that Milena is the short form of the famous actor Mila Kunis? Another famous bearer of the name is Milena Govitch of the film ‘Law and Order’. Mila will make the best nickname for this name.

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Milena is the feminine derivative of the male names Milen and Milan.

18. Maja

Maja is undoubtedly an intriguing Serbian name for your angel. You have to pronounce it as “mah-yuh” or “mah ih ah”. The name relates to the Goya’s painting “The Naked Maja”. The meaning of Maja is ‘splendid’.

19. Hana

Hana is a variation of the name Hannah. Honestly, we feel Hana is a more striking and different. Hana means many things to many people. This flower meaning name spells as Hanae in Japanese and Hannah in American. Some consider Hana as the short form of Johanna.

20. Anja

Anja is a Serbian baby name

Anja is one of the most alluring variations of the name Ann/Anna. It means ‘grace’. The name Anja is common is several European countries, not just Serbia.

Discover More Names

When you have to choose a name for your baby, a few hundreds of names may not be just enough. Keep digging our mine of baby names until you find that one precious gem.

Serbian Baby Names_illustration

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What traditional elements influence Serbian baby names?

The traditional factors that impact Serbian baby names are Serbia’s history, religion, society, and geography. Various names in Serbia also have Slavic roots and are inspired by nature, wildlife, and occupations. Some other Serbian names have Greek, Latin, or Turkish origins.

2. How have Serbian baby names evolved over time?

As societal trends, cultural beliefs, and historical events changed over time, so did Serbian baby names. Media, traveling, and international marriages have also significantly changed naming traditions over time.

3. How are Serbian baby names different from other Slavic cultures?

Serbian baby names have a lot in common with those from other Slavic nations like Russia, Poland, and Ukraine. However, using both Slavic and non-Slavic aspects, the focus on regional and religious variations, and the unique pronunciation and spelling practices can make Serbian names different from other Slavic cultures.

Nowadays, parents are fascinated with names having deep meaning and unique pronunciation. Many parents also emphasize that their children’s names should be influenced by a place’s rich culture and tradition. If this is the case, you would appreciate the list of Siberian baby names given above. These names are unfamiliar and have their origin in Siberia or the neighboring nations. Explore the list and go through the meanings of the names. Choose the one that suits your preference and goes well with your baby’s personality.

Infographic: Serbian Baby Names For Boys And Girls

The Serbian heritage and culture are rich and hold deep meanings. Thus, if you are in search of names that are unusual yet meaningful, we have the right list for you. The following infographic has a few names inspired by Serbian culture. Do give them a read and make your choice accordingly.

serbian names for your little ones (infographic)

Illustration: Momjunction Design Team

Key Pointers

  • Serbian names are deeply influenced by the country’s rich heritage, tradition, and diversity.
  • Many Serbian names have unique pronunciations and deep meanings; for example, Miloje means ‘gracious,’ and Vlado means ‘born to rule.’
  • Some Serbian names have historical or biblical references, such as David, Andrej (from Andrew), and Matija (from Matthias).
  • These names are not only rooted in the Serbian language; some, like Spiridon, Malina, and Aleksandra, have Greek origins.
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Arshi Ahmed
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Arshi Ahmed did her graduation from Shri Shikshayatan College, Kolkata, and post graduation in English from Lovely Professional University. With nearly four years of experience, she specializes in writing baby names articles as she loves to help new parents find a name for their child.

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Srija holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Calcutta and a PG Diploma in Editing and Publishing from Jadavpur University. Her interest in editing ranges across niches, including academics, human psychology, and child development.

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Angela is an honors student with a master's degree in Linguistics from The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. Her combined interest in history and the science of language has taught her the skills to understand how language and its use have changed over time.

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