Personal names in North Macedonia

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If you are unfamiliar with North-Macedonian language and culture, you might think that МАРЈАН is a female name, right? Well it’s not. It’s most likely a male name.

We’ve heard of the onomastic conflict with Greece, which resulted in Macedonia changing its name to North Macedonia in 2009. More recently, North Macedonia made the news when an Austrian-born man of Macedonian-Albanian descent carried out an attack in Vienna, killing four and wounding several others. Eight individuals suspected of links to the “Islamic State” terror group were arrested in North Macedonia in Skopje and Kumanovo after a month long investigation. But despite those events, North Macedonia remains a viable example of successful ethnic co-existence in the Balkans. Macedonians and Albanians represent respectively 66% and 25% of the population, but other ethnic groups include : Romani, Turks, Bosniaks, Serbs, Vlach (Aromanians). North Macedonia also has a significant diaspora.

Names given in North Macedonia

Those are some of the common names given in North Macedonia,

rankfemale namefemale name (cyrillic)male namemale name (cyrillic)
1MARIAМАРИЈАALEXANDERАЛЕКСАНДАР
2ELENAЕЛЕНАZORANЗОРАН
3BILJANAБИЛЈАНАNIKOLAНИКОЛА
4VESNAВЕСНАGORANГОРАН
5ALEXANDRAАЛЕКСАНДРАDEJANДЕЈАН
6SNEZANAСНЕЖАНАIGORИГОР
7SUZANAСУЗАНАDRAGANДРАГАН
8VIOLETВИОЛЕТАLJUPCHOЉУПЧО
9KATERINAКАТЕРИНАTONYТОНИ
10MAJAМАЈАDIMITARДИМИТАР
11NATASHAНАТАШАJOVANЈОВАН
12DANIELAДАНИЕЛАDARKOДАРКО
13IVANAИВАНАRISTOРИСТО
14VALENTINAВАЛЕНТИНАIVANИВАН
15GORDANAГОРДАНАPETARПЕТАР
16ELIZABETHЕЛИЗАБЕТАSASOСАШО
17SLAVICAСЛАВИЦАVLADIMIRВЛАДИМИР
18ANAАНАILIJAИЛИЈА
19SONJAСОЊАGOCEГОЦЕ
20LILJANAЛИЛЈАНАMARJANМАРЈАН

Family names

In some cases, the surname is gendered (ex. STOJANOVSKI, STOJANOVSKA),

SurnameSurname (cyrillic)Gendered
RAMADANIРАМАДАНИ
BAJRAMIБАЈРАМИ
REDZEPIРЕЏЕПИ
ADEMIАДЕМИ
SHABANIШАБАНИ
OSMANIОСМАНИ
ASANIАСАНИ
STOJANOVSKIСТОЈАНОВСКИСТОЈАНОВСКА
SULEJMANIСУЛЕЈМАНИ
IBRAIMIИБРАИМИ
ISMAILIИСМАИЛИ
STOJANOVСТОЈАНОВСТОЈАНОВА
NIKOLOVSKIНИКОЛОВСКИНИКОЛОВСКА
JOVANOVSKIЈОВАНОВСКИЈОВАНОВСКА
JUSUFIЈУСУФИ
JASHARIЈАШАРИ
IMERIИМЕРИ

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