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Jovanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Јовановић, pronounced [jǒʋanoʋitɕ, joʋǎː-]) is the most common Serbian surname.[1] It derives from Jovan, which is comparable to John in English; the part ov designates possession: Jovanov means John's. The suffix is a diminutive designation, or descendant designation. So, the last name can be translated as John's son leading to the English equivalent last name of Johnson.

Geographical distribution[edit]

As of 2014, 86.2% of all known bearers of the surname Jovanović were residents of Serbia (frequency 1:48), 6.2% of Bosnia and Herzegovina (1:327), 3.0% of Montenegro (1:118), 2.1% of Kosovo (1:514) and 1.5% of Croatia (1:1,614).

In Serbia, the frequency of the surname was higher than national average (1:48) in the following districts:[2]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Најчешћа имена и презимена (in Serbian). Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia. 2011.
  2. ^ Jovanović surname distribution