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Petrović (Serbian Cyrillic: Петровић, pronounced [pětroʋitɕ]; or Petrovich) is a Slavic last and second name, found in countries with Slavic populations. Examples of such countries are: Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, and Macedonia; this surname or last name is not tied to any nationality. It is normal Slavic surname deriving from Petar, which is equivalent to Peter in English; the part ov designates possession: Petrov means Peter's. The suffix is a diminutive designation, or descendant designation. So, the last name can be translated as Peter's son, equivalent to the English last name of Peterson.

Petrović is the second most frequent surname in Serbia,[1] and is also the 11th most common in Croatia, with 9,614 carriers (2011 census).[2]

Geographical distribution[edit]

As of 2014, 83.6% of all known bearers of the surname Petrović were residents of Serbia (frequency 1:60), 9.7% of Bosnia and Herzegovina (1:257), 3.1% of Croatia (1:956), 1.9% of Montenegro (1:226) and 1.2% of Kosovo (1:1,142).

In Serbia, the frequency of the surname was higher than national average (1:60) in the following districts:[3]

Notable people[edit]

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  1. ^ Најчешћа имена и презимена (in Serbian). Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia. 2011.
  2. ^ "Names and surnames in Republic of Croatia". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  3. ^ Petrović surname distribution