Croatian Culture

Naming

  • One’s family name often follows their personal name (e.g. Ivan KAČIĆ).
  • It is common for surnames to have the suffix ‘-ić’.

  • Family names are typically passed down patrilineally and wives will often take their husband’s family name upon marriage. Some may add their husband’s name to their own. (e.g. Branka ALIĆ-KAČIĆ ).

  • Many Croatians have a name that corresponds to a saint. These names have an associated date when the respective saint’s day is celebrated. The names that are celebrated on a certain saint’s day are all the names that relate to the respective name and all derivative names (e.g. for Saint Nicolas, people with the name Nicola, Nicole, Nick, etc. will celebrate).

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Croatia
  • Population
    4,313,707
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Language
    Croatian [official] (95.6%)
    Serbian (1.2%)
    Other (3%)
    [2011 est.]
  • Religion
    Roman Catholic Christianity (86.3%)
    Eastern Orthodox Christianity (4.4%)
    Muslim (1.5%)
    Other (1.5%)
    Not Religious or Atheist (3.8%)
    [2011 est.]
  • Ethnicity
    Croat (90.4%)
    Serbian (4.4%)
    Other (4.4%)
    [2011 est.]
  • Cultural Dimensions
    95
    30
    70
    85
    25
    17
  • Australians with Croatian Ancestry
    133,268 [Census, 2016]
Croatians in Australia
  • Population
    43,688
    [Census, 2016]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Croatia.
  • Median Age
    64
    [Census, 2016]
  • Gender
    Male (49.3%)
    Female (50.7%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (73.1%)
    Eastern Orthodox Christianity (9.6%)
    No Religion (7.0%)
    Other Religion (7.4%)
    Not Stated (2.7%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Ancestry
    Croatian (76.1%)
    Serbian (11.9%)
    German (1.4%)
    Italian (1.3%)
    Other Ancestry (9.3%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Languages Spoken at Home
    Croatian (62.9%)
    English (19.7%)
    Serbian (11.5%)
    Other Languages (5.1%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 78.9% speak English fluently.
    [Census, 2016]
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (35.8%)
    Victoria (35.4%)
    Western Australia (10.4%)
    Queensland (8.1%)
    Other (10.3%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2007 (94.0%)
    2007 - 2011 (1.2%)
    2012 - 2016 (1.5%)
    [Census, 2016]
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