|Meaning||The joyful one|
Radovan (Serbian Cyrillic: Радован) is a Slavic male given name, derived from the passive adjective radovati ("rejoice"), itself from root rad- meaning "care, joy". It is found in its Slavic form Radovan in former Yugoslavia (Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro), and also in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, Ukraine, and Bulgaria. It is recorded in Serbia since the High Middle Ages.
Male variations and diminutives (and nicknames) include Radovanče, Radan, Radánek, Rade, Rado, Radič, Radko, Radvan, Radúz, Radek, and cognates Radomir, Radomil and Radoslav. Female forms include Radka, Radana, Radomirka, Radmila, Radica.
Namedays include 13 January in Croatia, and 14 January in Slovakia and Czech Republic.
- Radovan (master) (13th century), Ragusan sculptor and architect
- Radovan Lukavský, Czech actor and theatrical pedagogue
- Radovan Karadžić, former Bosnian Serb politician and convicted war criminal
- Radovan Zogović, poet of Montenegro
- Radovan Jelašić, Serbian economist, a governor of Serbian National Bank
In popular culture
- Prince Radovan, a film character from the Czech fairy-tale Princezna se zlatou hvězdou by the director Martin "Mac" Frič.
- Grković 1977, p. 166.
- Grković, Milica (1977). Rečnik ličnih imena kod Srba. Belgrade: Vuk Karadžić.
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