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First male and female names in Slovenia are quite easy to distinguish. A simple rule says that female names usually end with an -a and male names with a consonant. Still, there are some exceptions:

Nives, Ines, Karmen, Iris, Kim and Karin are female names ending with a consonant.

Mitja, Luka, Žiga, Jaka, Miha, Bine, Nino, Marko, Anže, Jože, Jure, Drago and Samo are some of male names ending with a vowel.

Names which follow an unwritten rule:

  • male names ending with a consonant: Martin, Erik, Aleksander, Peter, Nik, Boris, Tomaž.
  • female names ending with an -a: Teja, Tina, Manca, Katarina, Darja, Kaja.

The most common names in Slovenia

The 5 most common names by the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia (Statistični urad Republike Slovenije) for the year 2021 are:

Male namesFemale names

Franc followed by Janez and Marija followed by Ana are the most common names in Slovenia, although nowadays very few people name their children with these names. These names were common in our parents and grandparents generations (roughly age 50 and up).

Changes in Slovenian naming trends

It is interesting how the names change over time. Names of our grand parents and great-grand parents aren’t in use anymore. Exceptions are the “evergreen” names Ana and Maja, which are still quite common in younger generations. In recent years new, unique, and sometimes unfamiliar names have entered Slovenian space, a lot of them are foreign names which are translated into Slovenian in their grammatical structure.

Statistics show that newborns usually get very short names, with only 3 or 4 letters. From the names I have seen, I see that parents “experiment” a lot with first names. They aren’t traditional anymore, but this also depends on the region in Slovenia. More traditional names are probably still distinctive in the countryside.

“New” modern names from a 2022 statistics report:

  • modern male names: Žan, Gal, Lan, Maj, Tian, Val, Bor, Teo, Jon, Brin, Žak, Lukas, Tim, and more
  • modern female names: Lara, Ema, Lana, Zoja, Zara, Hana, Zala, Ela, Mia, Iza, Loti, Lia, and more

Apparently the motto of giving names is to choose a unique and short specimen nowadays.

Slavic origins in Slovenian names

In Slovenia, there are also numerous names of Slavic origin. For example Andreja, Branka, Maša, Nataša, Zvezdana and Alenka for women, and Ciril, Darko, Cvetko, Domen, Jurij, Klemen and Zdravko for men.

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  1. Slovenian baby names are rarely available on the web. I found one authonticated resource of Slovenian names with meaning..that is – A Baby Names Directory

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