Serbian Girl Names

By Rob Simpson

Serbian Girl Names and their Meanings

If you have a daughter on the way and you’re looking to give her a Serbian name, or you know a Serbian girl and want to know the meaning of her name, this list covers the most common Serbian girl’s names and their meanings.

A little bit about Serbia

The Republic of Serbia is a country located at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe, it has a population of around 7 million people and its capital, Belgrade, is one of the oldest and largest cities in Southeast Europe.

A fun fact about Serbia is that, while it might not be one of the largest or most populated countries in Europe, Serbia is the largest raspberry exporter in the world.

Serbian women are most commonly described as, intellectual, respectful, beautiful and lively, enjoying both indoor and outdoor activities.

Toddler age girl sitting with her smiling mother.

Serbian Girl Names and Meanings

Name

Meaning

Aleksandra

A form of the name Alexandra, which is the feminine form of the name Alexander. Alexander is the Latinized form of the Greek name Alexandros, which meant “defender of men.”

  • Sasha – Croatian and Serbian diminutive form of the name Aleksandra.

Ana 

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

  • Jana – In some Slavic languages, Jana is the feminine form of the name Jan, however, in Croatian and Serbian, the name Jana is a variant of the name Ana.

Andrea 

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

Antonija 

Serbian form of the name Antonia, which is the feminine form of the name Anthony. This name was derived as an English form of the Roman family name Antonius, however, it’s meaning is not known for certain.

Danica 

This name was derived from a Slavic word meaning “morning star, Venus.”

Dora

Short form of names like Dorothy, Theodora or Isidora.

Dunja 

In South Slavic languages the word dunja means “quince.” Quince is a type of fruit.

Emilija 

A form of the name Emily which is the feminine form of the name Emil. Originally derived from the Roman family name Aemilus, which meant “rival.”

Irena 

A form of the name Irene, which comes from the Greek name Eirene, which was derived from a word that meant “peace.”

Isidora  

Feminine form of the name Isidore, which comes from the Greek name Isidoros, which meant “gift of Isis”. Isis is the name of a Greek Goddess.

Iva 

Usually a short form of the name Ivana, however in South Slavic the name Iva means “willow tree.”

Ivana 

 Feminine form of the name Ivan, which is a more modern form of the Slavic name Ioannu, which was derived from the Greek name Ioannes which was, itself, derived from a different Hebrew name, Yochannan, meaning “Yahweh is gracious.” Or “God is gracious.”

Jelena 

 Form of the name Yelena, however in South Slavic this name is associated with the word jelen, which means “deer” or “stag.”

Katarina  

A form of the name Katherine, which is derived from the Greek name Aikaterine. This name might come from the Greek word hekateros, meaning “each of the two” or it could be possibly derived from the name of the Greek goddess Hecate.

Lana 

Usually a short form of names like Alana or Svetlana.

Maja 

A diminutive form of the name Maria, which is ultimately derived from the Hebrew name Miryam, which could mean “sea of bitterness” or “rebelliousness”. There is also a theory that the name might be derived from the Egyptian word mry, meaning “beloved.”

  • Mara – This name is another form of the name Maja

Mila 

Originally a diminutive of Slavic names that contain the Slavic word milu, meaning “gracious, dear.”

Nada 

 This name means “hope” in South Slavic.

Natasha  

Russian diminutive of the name Natalya, which is a form of the name Natalie, which comes from the Late Latin name Natalia. In Latin, this name means “Christmas Day.”

Nikolina 

Bulgarian, Croatian, Serbian and Macedonian feminine form of the name Nicholas, which was derived from the Greek name Nikolaos, which meant “victory to the people.”

Nina 

 Derived as a short form of names that end in nina, such as Antonina and Giannina.

Rosa 

In South Slavic, the word “rosa” means “dew.”

Sanja

Derived from the Croatian and Serbian word sanjati, meaning “to dream.”

Sara

Form of the name Sarah, which means “lady, noblewoman” in Hebrew.

Sofija 

Form of the name Sophia, which means “wisdom” in Greek.

Suzana  

A form of the name Susanna, which comes from the Greek name Sousanna, which was originally derived from the Hebrew name Shoshannah. This name was derived from the Hebrew word shoshan, which means “lily.”

Tamara  

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

Tanja 

A variant of the name Tanya, which is a Russian diminutive of the name Tatiana, which was the feminine form of the Roman name Tatianus, which itself was derived from the Roman name Tatius, whose meaning and origin is unknown.

Teodora  

Feminine form of the name Theodore, which comes from the Greek name Theodoros, meaning “gift of God.”

Valerija 

A form of the name Valeria, which is the feminine form of the Roman family name Valerius. Derived from the Latin word valere, which meant “to be strong.”

Violeta

A form of the name Violet, from the English for the purple flower, violet, which was ultimately derived from the Latin viola.

Most Common Serbian Girl Names

Some of the most common names from this list are:

Andrea, Emilija, Jana, Sara, and Tamara.

You might notice similarities in Serbian names with other Slavic names like Croatian and Russian.

Conclusion

This list covers the most common Serbian girl’s names and their meanings, so if you were looking to give your daughter a Serbian name or wanted to know the meaning of a Serbian girl’s name, this list should have you covered.

If you didn’t find the name you were looking for or are interested in similar sounding names be sure to check out our list on Croatian and Russian girl’s names.

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