So, you’ve decided to do some globe trotting, or you just got back from a Balkan adventure and you feel that a Serbian name can be quite an interesting choice for your new dog. Good news is, the Serbian language is rich when it comes to name options. Even better news is that the names are quite unique in the Western world, and that they will definitely be a conversation piece in your local dog park. Have fun meeting new friends by telling an interesting story behind your pup’s unique name with a fascinating back story!
Serbian Dog Names in Pop Culture
Sima, the lovable Epagnel Breton, is the star of one of the most popular Serbian TV soaps, The Lucky Ones. The TV series tells a story of a family in the early ‘90s when times were tough in the Balkan region, but they nevertheless managed to love and care for each other even through all the hardships they endure. Sima (pronounced as see-mah ['si:mɑ]) was found by a little boy, the youngest member of the family, and they immediately became best friends. The boy, Neca, took the dog home, and even though his parents and grandparents were against it, fought for his right to keep him. At first, everyone was a bit apprehensive towards Sima, as they were not used to having a dog in a household, and because the times were tough and they were not sure if they could afford taking care of a pup.
Luckily, they did change their mind. One of the reasons was the fact that Neca was constantly bullied in school. The bullies took his lunch money, they followed him home, stole his backpack and his shoes, and even hurt him physically. The parents became aware of the problem however, they were not able to help their son as the bullies’ parents were not being cooperative and generally did not care what their children were doing in their free time. In comes Sima. He followed his best friend to school each day, he waited for him in the school yard, and he walked him back home. With Sima by his side, Neca was unstoppable. He was not afraid anymore, and he could stand up to his bullies as he had support of his best friend.
Tragedy struck when Sima got lost. Neca and Sima were running from a mugger when they split ways and got separated. Neca managed to find his way home and with a broken heart informed his parents that his beloved dog was lost. On the other side of town, an old, lonely woman found Sima and took him in. It was raining and he was soaked, starving and sad, looking for his owner. The old woman took care of him and nursed him back to health, and eventually, got him back to his owner.
Sima is a nickname version of the name Simeon, or Simon, a name of Hebrew roots and meaning “the one who listens”. It is a Biblical name that many saints in the Orthodox Church carry, and is considered to be an archaic, but a popular name choice in the Balkan region.
Serbian Dog Name Considerations
Coming up with a Serbian dog name can be a challenge and an adventure. You can decide to go traditional or modern, popular or rare, short and sweet or long and elegant, vowel-rich or consonant packed. The options are quite extensive, but whatever the outcome is, you can rest assured that your dog will have the most unique name in the dog park. If you are looking for a powerful name for your new pup, you can go with a name such as Mihajlo (pronounces as me-high-low [mɪ'hɑjlɒ]), a name of the Archangel Michael in Serbian. If your dog is of a colorful sort, a name such as Bojan (pronounced as bo-yan [bɒ'jɑn]).
For your special princess, a name like Lenka (a nickname version of Magdalena or Helena) can be perfect! Or you’d rather evoke the royal feeling with the name like Dijana ['dɪjʌnɑ] or if you’d rather go traditional, name your new pup Anika. The beauty of the Serbian language is that the words and names are pronounced exactly the way they are written, unlike many of the languages we are used to. With Serbian, what you see is what you get!