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.]
  • Languages
    Croatian [official] (95.6%)
    Serbian (1.2%)
    Other (3%)
    [2011 est.]
  • Religions
    Roman Catholic Christianity (86.3%)
    Eastern Orthodox Christianity (4.4%)
    Muslim (1.5%)
    Other (1.5%)
    Not Religious or Atheist (3.8%)
    [2011 est.]
  • Ethnicities
    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 [2016 census]
Croatians in Australia
  • Population
    43,688
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Croatia.
  • Average Age
    61
  • Gender
    Male (50.4%)
    Female (49.6%)
  • Religion
    Roman Catholic Christianity (74.8%)
    Eastern Orthodox Christianity (14.5%)
    No Religion (4.6%)
    Other (4.2%)
  • Ancestry
    Croatian (75.0%)
    Serbian (12.7%)
    South-Eastern European (1.1%)
    Other (7.8%)
  • Languages Spoken at Home
    Croatian (63.3%)
    English (17.6%)
    Serbian (12.8%)
    Other (4.3%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 78.2% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (36.2%)
    Victoria (35.3%)
    Western Australia (10.5%)
    Queensland (7.8%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (90.8%)
    2001-2006 (4.8%)
    2007-2011 (1.0%)
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