36 Common Slovene Surnames

BABIČ Slovene
Slovene form of BABIĆ.
Slovene form of BRANKOVIĆ.
DRAGIĆ Serbian, Croatian, Slovene
Patronymic from any of the Slavic given names starting with Drag (see DRAGO).
FURLAN Italian, Slovene
From the name of the Italian region of Friuli, in the northeast of Italy, which is derived from the name of the Roman town of Forum Iulii meaning “forum of Julius”.
GAŠPER Slovene
Derived from the given name GAŠPER.
GOLOB Slovene
Means “pigeon” in Slovene.
GRBIĆ Serbian, Croatian, Slovene
Means “hunchback”, derived from Serbian, Croatian and Slovene grba “hump”.
HORVAT Croatian, Slovene
From Croatian and Slovene Hrvat meaning “Croat, person from Croatia”.
Means “son of JANKO”.
JEŽ Slovene, Czech
Cognate of JEŻ.
KALUŽA Slovene, Czech
Czech and Slovene form of KAŁUŻA.
KOKOT Slovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian cognate of KOHUT.
KOLAR Croatian, Slovene
Croatian and Slovene cognate of KOLÁŘ.
From Slovene kopito meaning “hoof”, an occupational name for a shoer.
Originally indicated a person from Koroška (Carinthia), a medieval Slovene state, now divided between Slovenia and Austria.
KOS Slovene
Means “blackbird” in Slovene.
KOVAČ Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Slovene
Means “blacksmith”, a derivative of Slavic kovati meaning “to forge”.
Slovene form of KOVAČEVIĆ.
Slovene form of KOVAČIĆ.
KRAJNC Slovene
Originally denoted a person from Carniola (Slovene Kranjska), a region that makes up a large part of central Slovenia.
From Slovene križ meaning “cross”.
LONČAR Croatian, Serbian, Slovene
Means “potter”, from Serbo-Croatian lonac, Slovene lonec meaning “pot”.
MEDVED Slovene, Slovak, Croatian, Russian
Means “bear” in several Slavic languages.
MLAKAR Slovene, Croatian
Referred to someone who lived near a pool, derived from South Slavic mlaka meaning “pool, puddle”.
NOVAK Slovene, Croatian, Serbian
Derived from Slavic novy “new”, originally a name for someone who was new to a village.
PERKO Slovene, Croatian
Derived from an archaic diminutive of PETER.
PLEŠEC Slovene
Variant of PLEŠKO.
PLEŠKO Slovene
Nickname for a bald person, from Slovene pleša meaning “bald patch”.
From Slovene potok meaning “stream, brook”.
RESNIK Slovene
Possibly from Slovene resa meaning “heather”.
STRNAD Czech, Slovene
Means “bunting” in Czech and Slovene.
STRUNA Slovene, Czech
From Slavic struna meaning “string, cord”, possibly denoting a maker of rope.
VLAŠIČ Slovene
Patronymic from the nickname Vlah meaning “Romanian”.
ŽITNIK Slovene, Czech
From the Slavic root žito meaning “rye”. This was an occupational name for a dealer in rye or a baker.
ZUPAN Slovene
From Slavic župan meaning “head of the district, community leader”.
Patronymic form of ZUPAN.

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