Sometimes, geographical location has been used to make
family name, meaning that family moved to new city at some point in
time, and that city of their origin was main distinction to local
population. It would be quite useless to have family name Trebinjac
(meaning man who is from Trebinje) in Trebinje itself, when that
attribute can describe 15000 people, but is was handy to use as a
surname when family moved from Trebinje to Mostar.
Some family names are created from local animals names,
(Vuk-wolf, Medvjed-bear, Zec-rabbit...), although there are cases when
more exotic animals were used (Majmun- monkey).
Basically, peace of family history is written in familly
name, and it might be of help when doing research. When suffix -ic is
added, it has a meaning of deminutive form, although gramatically
deminutive would be created slightly different. On the top of page is
an index to surnames gathered from different sources, and they will be
presented in simmilar manner as samples on this page. If presence of
some family name is registered in some area, it will be added later.