Bosnia and Herzegovina Languages

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Bosnia and Herzegovina, sometimes called Bosnia–Herzegovina and often known informally as Bosnia, is a country in South and Southeast Europe, located within the Balkans. [1]

Bosnian uses both the Latin and Cyrillic alphabets, with Latin in everyday use. In the past, the Bosnian elite, as closely intertwined with Ottoman life, wrote predominantly in foreign (Turkish, Arabic, Persian) languages. [4]

Word List(s)[edit | edit source]

For word lists and help researching in Bosnia and Herzegovina records, see:


English Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian
age doba starosti, vijek
baptism krštenje, krst
birth rodjenje, rođenje, rođeni
bride mlada, nevjesta, nevesta, mladenka
burial/funeral pogreb
Catholic katolički
census popis (popis duša - census of souls)
child dijete, dete, djeteta, deteta
christening (see baptism)
confirmation potvrda
day dan
death smrt
engagement vjeridba, veridba
father otac, oca
godfather kum
godmother kuma
groom mladoženja
husband suprug, muž
index indeks
Jewish židovski
marriage brak, (of man) ženidba, (of woman) udaja
marriage banns oziv
marriage ceremony vjenčanje, vjenčani
marry, to (for man) ženiti (se), oženiti (se)
marry, to (for woman) udavati (se), udaje (se), udati (se)
month mjesec, mesec
mother majka
name, given ime, imenovanje
name, surname prezime
parents roditelji
parish župa, parohija
Protestant protestantski
residence mjesto, mesto, stanovanja
spouse bracni drug
week sedmica, tjedan, tjedna, nedelja
widow udovica
widower udovac, udovca
wife supruga, žena
year godina


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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Bosnia and Herzegovina," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosnia_and_Herzegovina, accessed 18 Aug 2021.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Bosnia and Herzegovina," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosnia_and_Herzegovina#:~:text=The%20three%20standard%20languages%20are%20fully%20mutually%20intelligible%20and%20are%20known%20collectively%20under%20the%20appellation%20of%20Serbo-Croatian, accessed 18 Aug 2021.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Serbo-Croatian," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serbo-Croatian#:~:text=Serbo-Croatian%20generally%20goes%20by%20the%20individual%20names%20Serbian%2C%20Croatian%2C%20Bosnian%2C%20and%20sometimes%20Montenegrin%20and%20Bunjevac.%5B, accessed 18 Aug 2021.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Bosnian language," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosnian_language, accessed 18 Aug 2021.