Dejan

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Dejan
Gender Male
Origin
Word/name Slavic
Region of origin Balkans
Other names
Variant form(s) Dejana (f.)
Related names Desa, Desislav, Desimir

Dejan ([dɛjan]; Serbian: Дејан) is a South Slavic masculine given name, derived from the Old Slavic word dejati, meaning "action; to act, to do".[citation needed] It is possible that the name is a diminutive of dithematic Desimir or Desislav, with des meaning "to happen".[citation needed] It is very common in Serbia and Macedonia, and also common in Bulgaria, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Slovenia.

The given name Dejan and the surname Dejanović is unusually widespread in the Serbo-Croatian linguistical area, and it is first mentioned in the mid-14th century, in Serbia.[1] Dejan (fl. 1346–ca. 1366) was a Serbian magnate in the Serbian Empire. 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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  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)