Tomislav (Serbo-Croatian pronunciation: [tǒmislaʋ], Cyrillic: Томислав) is a masculine given name of Slavic origin, that is widespread amongst the South Slavs. The name is also found (with different spellings) amongst West Slavs as Tomisław, and Hungarians as Tomiszláv.

PronunciationSerbo-Croatian pronunciation: [tǒmislaʋ]
Name dayThomas the Apostle
MeaningOld Slavonic: томить/томити (to "languish", "torture", "struggle", "pine" or "yearn") + слава ("glory", "celebration")
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Alternative spellingCyrillic: Томислав, Tomisław, Tomiszláv
Variant form(s)Toma, Tomo, Tome, Tomče, Tomica, Tom, Tomi
Related namesfemale form Tomislava

The meaning of the name Tomislav is thought to have derived from the Old Slavonic verb "tomiti" or "tomit'" meaning to "languish", "torture" or "struggle", combined with "slava" meaning glory.[1][2] Other origin theories suggest the name is a variant derived from the New Testament Apostle Thomas, whilst another theory postulates that it is a Slavicised corruption of the (Dog) Latin "Dominus Slavus".[3][4][5]

The first recorded bearer of the name was the 10th-century King Tomislav of Croatia, for this reason it has become popular amongst Croats.[6] The name is also widespread amongst Serbs, reaching popularity during the 1930s and 40s.[7][8] Serbian King Alexander I of Yugoslavia gave his second child "the Croatian name Tomislav" as a symbolic gesture of unity for his subjects.[9][10] The name is also carried within the nations of Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Bulgaria. Tomislav can also be found with alternative spelling in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Toma is a popular diminutive for Tomislav in the Balkans, whilst the derivative Name day (Tomindan) is celebrated on October 6th according to the Julian calendar, and October 19th in the Gregorian calendar.

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  7. ^ Редакција (2019-02-03). "Најчешћа мушка имена у Србији од 1930. до данас: За неке родитеље традиционално је вредније од модерног". Retrieved 2020-04-17.
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