- 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).