Dejan

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For the Romanian village, see Moraviţa.
Dejan
Gender Male
Origin
Word/name Slavic
Region of origin Balkans
Other names
Related names Desa, Desislav, Desimir

Dejan (Macedonian: Дејан; [dɛjan]) is a South Slavic male name derived from the Old Slavic word dejati (дѣятъ[citation needed]>дејати), meaning "action; to act, to do".[citation needed]
It is possible that the name Dejan is an abbreviated form of long names, such as Desimir or Desislav, with old Slavic basis "des" within the meaning "to happen". In the past, the word "des" denoted also fate and destiny, regardless of whether it's good or bad one.
Name may also be related to the Latin deus, meaning "god", although it is unlikely.
It is very common in Serbia and Macedonia, and also common in the republics of Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia and Bulgaria.

The given name Dejan and the surname Dejanović is unusually widespread in the Serbo-Croatian linguistical region, and it is first mentioned in 1349, in Serbia.[1] Dejan (fl. 1346-1356) was a Serbian medieval magnate in the service of Emperor Dušan.
The form Dejaniš is also found in the 14th century.[1] According to medieval texts, Dejan was widespread in Serbian lands,[2] and it is frequent in Serbian epic poetry.[3][4] The name is among the most common in Serbia: It was the fifth most given name in the period of 1961–1970 (at 5,61%[5]); first in 1971–1980; ninth in 1981–1990.[6]

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Names derived from name Dejan include Dejana, Dejka i Deka. Also, Dean as a slavic name is derived from name Dejan.[7]

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  1. ^ a b Zbornik za filologiju i lingvistiku 11. 1968. p. 171. 

    ... већ само основе: Лично име ДЕЈАН и презиме Дејановић необично је распрострањено на подручју српскохрватског језика, а први пут је забележено 1349. године у Србији. У облику Дејаниш такође се појављује у XIV веку,102 а ...

  2. ^ Dragoslav Srejović; Slavko Gavrilović; Sima M. Ćirković (1892). Istorija srpskog naroda: knj. Od najstarijih vremena do Maričke bitke (1371). Srpska književna zadruga. p. 636. 
  3. ^ Bulletin de l'Institut etnographique 40. Naučno delo. 1991. p. 62. 
  4. ^ Српско учено друштво (1880). Гласник Српскога ученог друштва ... 48-49. p. 99. 
  5. ^ Prilozi proučavanju jezika. Katedra za južnoslovenske jezike Filozofskog fakulteta. 1979 [1976]. 
  6. ^ "Попис становништва, домаћинстава и станова 2011. године у Републици Србији: Најчешћа имена и презимена" (PDF). Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia. 2012.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  7. ^ -{Keber, Janez, Leksikon imen}- -{COBISS}-