Albanians of Croatia

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Albanians of Croatia are an autochthonous national minority recognized by the Constitution of Croatia. As such, they elect a special representative to the Croatian Parliament, shared with members of four other national minorities.[1]

In the 2011 Croatian census, there were 17,513 Albanians living in Croatia, 0.41% of total population. The largest religious groups among the Albanians were Muslims (9,594 or 54.8% of them) and Catholics (7,109 or 40.6% of them).[2]

In the 1712/14 census done in Lika and Krbava among Vlach population, and other documents, were found many surnames with Albanian and Arbanasi word roots, and suffixes "-aj" (e.g. Bulaja, Mataija, Šolaja, Saraja, Suknajić, Rapajić), "-ez" (Kokez, Kekez, Ivez, Malez etc.), Šimleša, Šimrak, Šinđo/a/n, Šintić, Kalember, Flego, Macura, Cecić, Kekić, Zotović and many others.[3][4]

The Albanians in Croatia come from various historical periods, in Middle Ages existed in coastal cities or mostly assimilated with Vlachs, in the 17th and 18th century happened Arbanasi migration, and in modern time came as seasonal workers or war refugees. Despite existence of surnames with linguistically Albanian origin, before modern day time, today those people who bare that surnames can't be considered as Albanians.[4]

Notable people who bare surnames by origin Albanian (besides Arbanasi)[edit]

  • Andrija Aleši (1425-1505) – architect, painter and sculptor who worked in Dalmatia, but born in Albania
  • Janko Šimrak (1883-1946) – bishop of the Greek-Catholic Eparchy of Križevci
  • Nikola Kekić (b. 1943) – bishop of the Greek-Catholic Eparchy of Križevci
  • Vlado Kalember (b. 1953) – Croatian singer
  • Branko Macura (.b /) – Croatian basketball player
  • Helena Bulaja (b. 1971) – Croatian multimedia artist, director and producer
  • Valter Flego (b. 1972) – Croatian politician, mayor of Buzet and prefect (Župan) of Istria County
  • Milan Rapaić (b. 1973) – Croatian footballer
  • Edo Flego (b. 1975) – Croatian footballer and football manager
  • Ivan Bulaja (b. 1977) – Croatian sailor and sailing trainer
  • Jere Macura (b. 1980) – Croatian basketball player
  • Arijan Ademi (b. 1991) – Croatian born Macedonian Albanian footballer

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pravo pripadnika nacionalnih manjina u Republici Hrvatskoj na zastupljenost u Hrvatskom saboru". Zakon o izborima zastupnika u Hrvatski sabor (in Croatian). Croatian Parliament. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  2. ^ "4. Population by ethnicity and religion". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Croatian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
  3. ^ Šarić, Marko (2009), "Predmoderne etnije u Lici i Krbavi prema popisu iz 1712./14.", in Željko Holjevac, Identitet Like: Korijeni i razvitak (PDF) (in Croatian) 1, Zagreb: Institut društvenih znanosti Ivo Pilar, p. 370, ISBN 978-953-6666-65-2 
  4. ^ a b P. Šimunović, F. Maletić (2008). Hrvatski prezimenik (in Croatian) 1. Zagreb: Golden marketing. pp. 41–42, 101–102.