Croatian Girl Names

By Rob Simpson

Croatian Girl Names and their Meanings

If you have a baby daughter on the way and you’re looking to give her a Croatian name, or you are interested in knowing the meaning of the name of a Croatian girl you like, this list covers some of the most popular Croatian girl’s names and their meanings.

A little bit about Croatia

Croatia, officially the Republic of Croatia, is a country at the crossroads of Central Europe and Southeast Europe. Croatia is a very popular tourist destination due to its many natural wonders and beautiful Islands.

Croatia also has, by far, the greatest number of feminists amongst all of the former Yugoslavian countries, that’s why it is often said that they resemble the more “modern” western women.

Toddler age girl sitting with her smiling mother.

Croatian Girl Names and Meanings

Name

Meaning

Anamarija

A combination of the names Ana and Marija

Andrea

Feminine form of the name Andrew, which is the English form of the Greek name Andreas. This name was derived from the Greek word andreios, meaning “manly, masculine.”

Anja 

A form of the name Anya, derived from the name Hannah, which was ultimately derived from the Hebrew name Channah, meaning “favor, grace.”

  • Hana is another form of the name Hannah that is popular in Croatia.
  • Jana – a Croatian and Serbian variant of the name Ana, which is also a form of the name Hannah.

Barbara  

Derived from the Greek word barbaros, meaning “foreign.”

Dora 

Short form of the names Dorothy, Theodora or Isidora.

Dorotea

Feminine form of the Greek name Dorotheos, meaning “gift of God.” Derived from the Greek words doran, meaning “gift” and theos, meaning “God.”

Ela 

Most likely a diminutive form of the name Elizabeta, which is the Croatian form of the name Elisabeth. Ultimately derived from the Hebrew name Elisheva, this name means “my God is an oath.”

Filipina

Feminine Polish form of the name Filip, derived from the Greek name “Philippos,” this name means “friend of horses.”

Elena 

A form of the name Helen, which is derived from the Greek name Helene. This name was either derived from the Greek word helene, meaning “torch” or “corposant” or derived from the Greek word selene, meaning “moon.”

Ema 

A variant of the name Emma, which originally was a short form for Germanic names beginning with the name element ermen, which meant “universal, whole.”

Eva 

a Latinate form of the name Eve, which comes from the Hebrew name Chawwah. Derived from the Hebrew word chawah, which meant “to breathe.”

Franka 

Croatian form of the name Franca, which comes from the name Francesca. This name is a feminine form of the name Francis, which is the English form of the Late Latin name Franciscus, which meant “Frenchman.”

Gabriela  

Feminine form of the name Gabriel, which is derived from the Hebrew name Gavri’el, meaning “God is my hero.”

Ines 

Croatian form of the name Inés, which is the Spanish form of the name Agnes. This name is the Latinized form of the Greek name Hagne, which was derived from the Greek name Hagnos, meaning “chaste.”

Iris 

This name simply means “Rainbow” in Greek.

Ivana 

Feminine form of the name Ivan, which is a modern form of the Old Slavic name Іѡаннъ, which was derived from the Greek name Ioannes, ultimately derived from the Hebrew name Yochanan, meaning “God is gracious.”

Josipa 

Croatian feminine form of the name Joseph, the Latin form of the Greek name Ioseph, which was ultimately derived from the Hebrew name Yosef, meaning “he will add” or less literally “God shall give.”

Karla 

Croatian feminine form of the name Charles, which comes from the Germanic name Karl. This name was derived from a Germanic word that meant “man.”

Klara 

A form of the name Clara, which is the feminine form of the Late Latin name Clarus, meaning “bright, clear, famous.”

Kristina

A form of the name Christina, which comes from Christiana, the feminine form of the name Christian. This name was originally derived from the Latin name Christianus, meaning “a Christian.”

Lea 

A form of the name Leah, derived from the Latin name Le’ah, from the Hebrew word leah, meaning “weary.”

Leona 

Feminine form of the name Leon, which was derived from the Greek word leon, meaning “lion.”

Lucija 

Croatian form of the name Lucia, which is the feminine form of the Roman name, Lucius, derived from the Latin word lux, meaning “light.”

Magdalena 

A form of the name Magdalene, which meant “from Magdala” a village on the Sea of Galilee whose name meant "tower" in Hebrew.

Maja 

A form of the Greek name Maria, which was ultimately derived from the Hebrew name Miryam. The meaning of this name is unknown, some theories state this name might mean “sea of bitterness” or “rebelliousness”, however it was most likely derived from the Egyptian word mry, meaning “beloved.”

Marta 

A form of the name Martha, which comes from the Aramaic word marta’ meaning “the lady, the mistress.”

Martina 

Feminine form of the name Martin, derived from the Roman name Martinus, which comes from the Roman name Martis, which is related to Mars, the name of the Roman God of War.

Matea 

Feminine form of the name Mateo, which is the Spanish form of the name Matthew. Matthew is the English form of the Greek name Matthaios, which comes from the Hebrew name Mattiyahu, meaning “Gift from Yahweh” or “Gift from God.”

Natali 

Croatian form of the name Natalie, which comes from the Late Latin name Natalia, meaning “Christmas day.”

Nika 

Feminine form of the name Nikola, which comes from the Greek name Nikolas, meaning “victory of the people.” From the Greek words nike and laos meaning “victory” and “people.”

Nina

This name most likely originated as a short form for names that ended in nina, such as Antonina.

Patricia 

Feminine form of the name Patrick, which comes from the Latin name Patricius, which meant “nobleman.”

Sara 

a form of the name Sarah, which means “lady, noblewoman, princess.”

Tamara 

Russian form of the Hebrew name Tamar, which means “date palm.”

Valentina

Feminine form of the name Valentine, which comes from the Roman name Valentinus, which itself was derived from the name Valens, meaning “strong, vigorous, healthy.”

Viktorija

Form of the name Victoria, which is also the feminine form of the name Victor. This name means “victory” in Latin.

Most Common Croatian Girl Names

Some of the most popular names from this list are:

Anja, Lucija, Ema, Nika, and Tamara.

Many of these names sound the same or have very similar variations in both Serbian and Slovenian girl’s names.

Conclusion

There we have it, whether you were looking for a name for your daughter or wanted to know more about the name of a girl you like, we hope this list had you covered.

If you didn’t find the name you were looking for or want to check out similar names, make sure to check out our lists on Serbian girl’s names and their meanings.

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