List of Serbs

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This is a list of historical and living Serbs (of Serbia or the Serb diaspora).


Visual arts[edit]



Painters, cartoonists, illustrators[edit]



Main article: Serbian literature

Writers, poets[edit]

see Serbian writers-category for extensive list
Middle Ages[edit]
  • Ludovico Pasquali (Ljudevit Pašković) was an Italian poet and Venetian soldier of Serbian origin, though Roman Catholic by faith, who lived in the early and mid-1500s.
  • Dimitrije Ljubavić (1519-1563) was a Serbian Orthodox deacon, humanist, writer, and printer who sought to bring a rapprochement between the Lutherans and the Eastern Orthodox Church.
  • Pajsije I Janjevac (1542–1649) was a Serbian Patriarch and an author whose works showed an admixture of popular elements.
  • Jovan the Serb of Kratovo (1526-1583) was a Serbian writer and monk whose name is preserved as the author of six books, now part of the Museum Collection of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
  • Teodor Račanin (Bajina Bašta, c. 1500–Bajina Bašta, past-1560) was the first Serbian writer and monk of the Rachan Scriptorium School mentioned in Ottoman and Serbian sources.
  • Georgije Mitrofanović (c.1550–1630) was a Serbian Orthodox monk and painter whose work can be seen in the church at the Morača monastery.
  • Trojan Gundulić is remembered for printing the first book in Belgrade in 1552, "The Four Gospels".
  • Vićenco Vuković was one of the major printers of 16th century Serbia, like his father before him.
  • Mavro Orbin (1563-1614) was the author of the "Realm of the Slavs" (1601) which made a significant impact on Serbian historiography, influencing future historians, particularly Đorđe Branković (count).
  • Jerolim Zagurović was a Catholic-Serb printer from Kotor.
  • Stefan Marinović was a Serb printer from Scutari during the time of Vićenco Vuković, Jerolim Zagurović, Jakov of Kamena Reka and others.
  • Jakov of Kamena Reka worked in the Vuković printing house in Venice with Vićenco Vuković.
  • Kiprijan Račanin (c. 1650–1730) was a Serbian writer and monk who founded a copyist school in Szentendre in Hungary, like the one he left behind at the Rača monastery in Serbia at the beginning of the Great Turkish War in 1689.
  • Jerotej Račanin (c. 1650–after 1727) was a Serbian writer and copyist of church manuscripts and books. After visiting Jerusalem in 1704 he wrote a book about his travel experiences from Hungary to the Holy Land and back.
  • Čirjak Račanin (Bajina Bašta, c. 1660–Szentendre, 1731) was a Serbian writer and monk, a member of the famed "School of Rača".
  • Đorđe Branković, Count of Podgorica (1645–1711) who wrote the first history of Serbia in five volumes.
  • Sava Vladislavich (1669-1738), who framed Peter the Great's proclamation of 1711, translated Mavro Orbin's Il regno degli Slavi (1601); The Realm of the Slavs) from Italian into Russian, and composed the Treaty of Kiakhta and many others
  • Julije Balović (1672-1727) wrote in Italian and Serbian. He is the author of Practichae Schrivaneschae, a manual for a ship's scribe, and Perast Chronicles, a collection of epic poetry.
  • Gavril Stefanović Venclović (fl. Bajina Bašta, 1670–Szentendre, 1749), one of the first and most notable representatives of Serbian Baroque literature, wrote in the vernacular. Milorad Pavić saw Venclović as a living link between the Byzantine literary tradition and the emerging new views on modern literature. He was the precursor of enlightenment aiming, most of all, to educate with his writing for the common folk.
  • Ivan Krušala (1675-1735) is best known for writing a poem about the Battle of Perast in 1654, among others. He worked in a Russian embassy in China at the time when Sava Vladislavich was the ambassador.
  • Hristofor Žefarović was a 17th- and 18th- century Serbian poet who died in Imperial Russia spreading the Pan-Slav culture.
  • Simeon Končarević (c. 1690-1769), a Serbian writer and Bishop of Dalmatia who, exiled twice from his homeland, settled in Russia where he wrote his chronicles.
  • Parteniy Pavlovich (c. 1695-1760) was a Serbian Orthodox Church cleric who championed South Slavic revival.
  • Danilo I, Metropolitan of Cetinje (1697-1735) was a writer and founder of the Petrović Njegoš dynasty.
  • Sava Petrović (1702-1782) wrote numerous letters to the Moscow metropolitan and the Empress Elizabeth of Russia about the deploring conditions of the Serb Nation under occupation by the Turks, Republic of Venice and the Habsburg Empire.
  • Pavle Nenadović (1703-1768) was commissioned by Serbian Orthodox Metropolitan of Karlovci, Arsenije IV Jovanović Šakabenta to compose a heraldic book, Stemmatographia.
  • Vasilije III Petrović-Njegoš (1709–1766), Serbian Orthodox Metropolitan of Montenegro, wrote patriotic poetry and the first history of Montenegro, published in Moscow in 1754
  • Pavle Julinac (1730–1785) was a Serbian writer, historian, traveller, soldier and diplomat
  • Jovan Rajić (1726–1801), writer, historian, traveller, and pedagogue, who wrote the first systematic work on the history of Croats and Serbs
  • Mojsije Putnik (1728–1790), Metropolitan, educator, writer and founder of secondary schools and institutions of higher learning.
  • Zaharije Orfelin (1726–1785), one of the most notable representatives of the Serbian Baroque in art and literature.
  • Teodor Kračun (1730–1781), icon painter in the 18th century style of Baroque and Rococo.
  • Nikola Nešković (1740–1789) was a most prolific Serbian icon, fresco and portrait painter in the Baroque style.
  • Teodor Ilić Češljar (1746–1793) was one of the best late Baroque Serbian painters from the region of Vojvodina.
  • Pavel Đurković (1772–1830) was one of the most important Serbian Baroque artists (writers, icon painters, goldsmiths, woodcarvers) along with Jakov Orfelin (1750–1803), Stefan Gavrilović, Georgije Bakalović, and others.
  • Jovan Četirević Grabovan (1720–1781) was a Serbian icon painter. He painted the Lepavina and Orahovica monasteries, among others.
  • Kiril Zhivkovich (1730–1807) was a Serbian and Bulgarian writer.
  • Petar I Petrović Njegoš (1748-1830) was a writer and poet besides being a spiritual and temporal ruler of the "Serb land of Montenegro" as he called it.
  • Sofronije Jugović-Marković (fl. 1789) was a Serbian writer and activist in Russian service. He wrote "Serbian Empire and State" in 1792 in order to raise the patriotic spirit of the Serbs in both the Habsburg and Ottoman empires.
  • Stefano Zannowich (1751-1786) was a Montenegrin Serb writer and adventurer. From his early youth he was prone to challenges and adventures, unruly and dissipated life. He wrote in Italian and French, besides Serbian. He is known for his "Turkish Letters" that fascinated his contemporaries.
  • Tripo Smeća (1755-1812) was a Venetian historian and writer who wrote in Italian and in Serbian.
  • Hadži-Ruvim (1752-1804) was a Serbian Orthodox archimandrite who documented events and wars in his time, established a private library, wrote library bibliographies, collected books in which he drew ornaments and miniatures. He did wood carving and woodcutting.
  • Avram Miletić is the author of the oldest known book of Serbian urban poetry published in 1778-1781.
  • Simeon Piščević (1731–1797), was a Serbian writer and high-ranking officer in the service of both Austria and Imperial Russia.
  • Dositej Obradović (1739–1811), influential protagonist of the Serbian national and cultural renaissance, founder of modern Serbian literature
  • Teodor Janković-Mirijevski (1740–1814), the most influential educational reformer in the Habsburg Empire and Imperial Russia
  • Avram Mrazović (1756-1826) was a Serbian writer, translator and pedagogue
  • Jovan Muškatirović (1743–1809) was one of the early disciples of Dositej Obradović
  • Aleksije Vezilić (1753–1792) was a Serbian lyric poet who introduced the Teutonic vision of the Enlightenment to the Serbs.
  • Emanuilo Janković (1758–1792) was a Serbian man of letters and of science
  • Pavle Solarić (1779–1821) was Obradović's disciple who wrote poetry and the first book on geography in the vernacular.
  • Gerasim Zelić (1752–1828), Serbian Orthodox Church archimandrite, traveller and writer (compatriot of Dositej). His chief work was the travel memoirs Žitije (Lives), which also served as a sociological work
  • Sava Tekelija (1761–1842) was the patron of Matica Srpska, a literary and cultural society
  • Gligorije Trlajić (1766–1811), writer, poet, polyglot and professor of law at the universities of St. Petersburg and Kharkiv (Harkov), author of a textbook on Civil Law which according to some laid the foundations of Russian civil law doctrine
  • Atanasije Stojković (1773–1832) was a Serbian writer, pedagogue, physicist, mathematician and astronomer in the service of Imperial Russia.
  • Vićentije Rakić (1750–1818) was a Serbian writer and poet. He founded the School of Theology (now part of the University of Belgrade) when in 1810 he headed a newly established theological college and in 1812 the first students graduated from it. He was disciple of Dositej Obradović.
  • Jovan Pačić (1771–1848) was a Serbian poet, writer, translator, painter and soldier. He translated Goethe
  • Teodor Filipović (1778–1807), writer, jurist and educator, wrote the Decree of the Governing Council of Revolutionary Serbia. He taught at the University of Harkov, with his compatriots, Gligorije Trlajić and Atanasije Stojković.
  • Jovan Došenović (1781-1813) was a Serbian philosopher, poet and translator.
  • Jovan Avakumović (1748–1810), known as a representative of the Serbian folk poetry of the 18th century, though he only wrote a few poems which were part of handwritten poem books
Rationalism to Romanticism[edit]
Uncategorized writers[edit]
Uncategorized poets[edit]

Performing Arts[edit]


Film and TV directors[edit]

Fashion designers[edit]


Dancers and choreographers[edit]

Academic sciences[edit]


Category:Serbian scientists





Linguistics and philology[edit]








Opera singers[edit]

  • Biserka Cvejić (born 1923), Serbian opera singer and university professor.
  • Radmila Bakočević (born 1933), spinto soprano
  • Oliver Njego (born 1959), baritone, student of Bakočević, who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming a prominent opera singer.
  • Nikola Mijailović (born 1973), baritone
  • David Bižić (born 1975), baritone
  • Laura Pavlović, lyric and spinto soprano opera singer, and a soloist with the Serbian National Theatre Opera in Novi Sad.
  • Radmila Smiljanić, classical soprano who has had an active international career in operas and concerts since 1965. She is particularly known for her portrayals of heroines from the operas of Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini.[26]
  • Milena Kitic, Serbian American operatic mezzo-soprano
  • Vlastimir Pavlović Carevac (1895–1965), Serbian violinist, conductor and founder and director of the National Orchestra of Radio Belgrade


Fictional and mythological characters[edit]


Politics and military[edit]

See:List of Chetnik voivodes


See: List of Serbian monarchs

  • Prince Vlastimir (r. 835–851), son of Prosigoj defeated the Bulgars (Vlastimirović dynasty)
  • Prince Mutimir (r. 851–891), son of Vlastimir that ruled during the Christianization of Serbs (Vlastimirović dynasty)
  • Prince Petar of Serbia (870–917), prosecuted strategic wars in the Balkans during the late 9th and early 10th century with varying success.
  • Prince Časlav (r. 927–960) united and expanded Serbia in alliance with Byzantines (Vlastimirović dynasty)
  • Prince Jovan Vladimir (r. 990–1016), martyr, ruled the Serbian successor-state of Duklja (also known as Serbia, Triballia or Dalmatia)
  • Prince Stefan Vojislav (r. 1018–1043), revolted against the Byzantines and gained independence of Duklja, including Hum, Travunia and Rascia. (Vojislavljević dynasty)
  • King Mihailo I (r. 1043–1081), proclaimed King by the Pope Gregory VII in c. 1077 (Vojislavljević dynasty)
  • King Constantine Bodin (r. 1081–1101), son of Mihailo I, became Emperor of Bulgaria in 1072, significantly expanded his realm corresponding to that of Časlav, furthermore Bosnia was added to the state. But after Bodin's death new disorder ensued, caused internecine strife among several pretenders to the throne (Vojislavljević dynasty)
  • Grand Prince Vukan (r. 1091–1112), became the strongest of all Serbian royalty and seceded Rascia, submitted Kosovo and northern Macedonia (Vukanović dynasty to his rule)
  • Grand Prince Uroš I (r. 1112–1145), the first of Serbian monarchs entering an alliance with Hungary (Vukanović dynasty) and Moravia. His daughters, Jelena (Helena of Serbia) married Béla II of Hungary; and Maria married Conrad II, Duke of Znojma.
  • Grand Prince Beloš (r. 1162), served as regent of Hungary 1141–1146, Ban of Croatia 1142–1158 (Vukanović dynasty)
  • Grand Prince Uroš II of Rascia (1145–1162)
  • Grand Prince Desa (r. 1148–1162), became Duke of Primorje (Duklja and Travunia) from 1150 to 1153, and co-ruler of Rascia, 1153-1155, 1162–1166 (Vukanović dynasty)
  • Grand Prince Stefan Nemanja (r. 1166–1196) is remembered as one of the most important figures in Serbian history, he marked the beginning of Serbian prospering in culture, he founded the Serbian Orthodox Church with his youngest son, Rastko, venerated as a Saint Sava of the Nemanjić dynasty. He had two other sons, Vukan Nemanjić of Serbia, his eldest, and Stefan II Nemanjić.
  • Grand Prince / King Stefan the First-Crowned (r. 1196–1228) was crowned King in 1217. The Serbian church became autocephalous in 1219 under the leadership of Rastko (Saint Sava). (Nemanjić dynasty)
  • King Stephen Uroš I King 1243–1276; Queen consort Helen of Anjou (Nemanjić dynasty)
  • King Stephen Dragutin (r. 1276–1282), ruled the monarchy from 1276 to 1282, then the Kingdom of Syrmia from 1291 to 1316. (Nemanjić dynasty)
  • King Stephen Uroš II Milutin, from 1282 to 1321, Serbia became a "great power" in the Balkans, contending with Byzantium and the Bulgarians over Macedonia. (Nemanjić dynasty)
  • King Stefan Uroš III of Dečani, from 1322 to 1331, followed up on this success by defeating the Bulgarians at Velbazhd in 1330 and continuing the expansion into Byzantine Macedonia (Nemanjić dynasty)
  • Emperor Stephen Uroš IV Dušan the Mighty (r. 1331–1355), conquered a large part of Southeast Europe, becoming one of the most powerful monarchs in his time and Serbia reached its territorial, economical, political and cultural peak; he enacted Dušan's Code, one of the most important works of medieval Serbia (Nemanjić dynasty).
  • Emperor Stephen Uroš V the Weak (r. 1355–1371), nicknamed for his lack of central rule; he was unable to control the Empire of his father, resulting in the fragmentation of the state from within, hence the sobriquet "the weak" (Nemanjić dynasty).

Royalty and nobility[edit]

Main article: Serbian nobility

Titular rulers of the Serbian Despotate:

Modern royalty[edit]

Royalty of other states

Politicians 19th and 20th century[edit]

Post-Communist leaders[edit]

Modern politicians[edit]

Modern military[edit]

Early modern anti-Ottoman soldiers (Hajduks, Uskoks)
Late modern anti-Ottoman soldiers (Serbian revolutionaries 1804–1817, rebels in Herzegovina, Montenegro, Greece)
Chief of the General Staff (Serbia), Macedonian Struggle, Balkan Wars and World War I
World War II
Foreign armed forces and governments
Ottoman Empire
United States
Russian Empire


Church leaders and Saints
Church leaders


Further information: List of Serbian sportspeople

Basketball: players and coaches[edit]


Footballers (since 1990)[edit]

Footballers and coaches (before 1990)[edit]




American football[edit]


Ice hockey[edit]

  • Milan Lučić or Milan Lučić (born 1988), Canadian ice hockey left winger for the Boston Bruins (NHL/WHL). Serbian parents.
  • Peter Zezel or Petar Žeželj (1965–2009), Canadian ice hockey centre (NHL). Serbian parents.
  • Mick Vukota aka "Mick the Quick" (born 1966), Canadian ice hockey right winger for New York Islanders (NHL). Serbian parents.
  • Peter "Poppe" Popovic (born February 10, 1968) is a retired Swedish ice hockey defenceman of Serbian ancestry. And currently an assistant coach of Tre Kronor. Popovic was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 5th round (93rd overall) of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Sasha Lakovic or Saša Laković (born 1971), Canadian ice hockey left winger who played for 17 different professional teams during his career (NHL/AHL). Serbian parents.
  • Milan Marcetta had played professional hockey with nine teams in 10 seasons before he became a member of a championship club, the Patrick Cup winner Victoria Maple Leafs in 1965-1966. Later that year he was called to the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 1967 Stanley Cup Playoffs. After NHL expansion, he played 54 regular season and 14 playoff games for the Minnesota North Stars (1967–1969). Also, Marcetta had played with Denver, the Patrick Cup-winning team in 1971-1972. He shares the all-time WHL record for goals in a game with five.
  • Branko Radivojevič
  • Ivan Boldirev, born in 1949 in Zrenjanin, Yugoslavia, is the second Serbian-born player ever to play in the NHL. The first was Stan Smrke.
  • Adrien Plavsic (born 1970), Canadian ice hockey defenceman (NHL). Serbian parents.
  • Alex Petrovic
  • Mike Karakas (1910-1992) won the Calder Trophy as a rookie with the Blackhawks in 1935-36, also winning the Stanley Cup there in 1937-38. In 1944-45 he was named to the NHL’s second All-Star team. Also, he played five games with the Montreal Canadians in 1940. Born in the United States, his Serbian ancestors were from Bosnia.
  • John Polich
  • Mike Glumac
  • Dan Kesa
  • Mark Popovic
  • Savo Mitrovic, a Serbian Canadian hockey player, now retired.
  • Stan Smrke of Slovenian paternal (and of Serbian maternal) ancestry, was the first Belgrade-born, albeit Yugoslavian-born, player ever to play in the NHL. In his debut year with the Rochester Americans in 1957–1958 in which he scored 20 goals, he became the second Amerk ever to score a hat trick on December 27, 1957, against Buffalo. He had several more seasons with 20-plus goals with the Rochester Americans by 1967.
  • Dragan Umicevic
  • Alex Andjelic
  • Bogdan Janković
  • Bojan Janković
  • Milan Lukovic
  • Ned Lukacevic
  • Ivan Prokic
  • Zach Miskovic
  • Dmitri Khristich is a Ukrainian of Serbian antecedents.




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