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This is a Slavic name. The family name "Karadžić" is sometimes transliterated as "Karadzic".
Family name
Vuk Stefanović Karadžić (1787-1864), Serb linguist, major reformer of the Serbian language
Pronunciation [kâradʒitɕ]
Meaning "black ox", "black animal"
Region of origin Drobnjaci
Language(s) of origin Serbo-Croatian
Related names Karadža

Karadžić (Serbian Cyrillic: Караџић, pronounced [kâradʒitɕ]) is a Serbo-Croatian surname, derived from karadža, a colloquial Serbo-Croatian term for "black ox" or generally for "an animal with black fur or dark complexion", itself derived from Turkish karaca meaning "roe deer".[1] The Karadžić family name was derived from a progenitor who was called karadža, a nickname found in Serbia since the second half of the 15th century ("Radica, son of Karadža", from the Branković defter).[2] The surname is widespread over former Yugoslavia.[2] It may refer to:



The Karadžić brotherhood in Drobnjaci, according to tradition, ultimately hail from three brothers that lived prior to 1700 in Vasojevići, from where they migrated to Drobnjaci.[3] Indeed, the ancestors of the Karadžići migrated from Lijeva Rijeka in Vasojevići in the mid-17th century.[2] In 1930, there were 28 households of Karadžić in Petnjica, 3 in Malinsko, 3 in Gornja Bukovica, 5 in Pašina voda, and 19 in Palež.[3] Anthropologist Andrija Luburić said that the Karadžić were "born with the gift of gusle playing".[4] The Karadžić brotherhood in Drobnjaci has the slava (feast day) of Aranđelovdan (the slava of Vasojevići), while they have the prislava of Đurđevdan (the slava of Drobnjaci).[2]

Vuk Stefanović Karadžić's grandfather Joksim migrated from Šavnik to Serbia.[4]

The Divjanović family in the Jahorina region (in Bosnia) hailed from Drobnjaci and was previously surnamed Karadžić, according to epic poet and guslar Ilija Divjanović (1835–1893) whose poems were collected by Bogoljub Petranović.[5]

Negotinska Krajina[edit]

In the early 20th century, there was a Karadžić family in Sikole with the slava of Nikoljdan, and hailed from Montenegro.[6] In Jasenica, there were two households of a Karadžić family which had the slava of Jovanjdan, and according to tradition descended from some "Ciganče" who had been brought by an ancestor of the Belobrečić in the 19th century.[6]


  1. ^ Šimunović 1985, p. 130.
  2. ^ a b c d Niškanović 2004, p. 126.
  3. ^ a b Luburić 1930, pp. 156–157.
  4. ^ a b Luburić 1930, p. 164.
  5. ^ Recueil des travaux de l'histoire de la littérature. 8. Srpska akademija nauka i umetnosti. 1974. pp. 135–136. 
  6. ^ a b Niškanović 2004, p. 127.