List of people from Serbia

List of people from Serbia is a list of notable people from Serbia. The list contains names of people who are associated with Serbia and its territory by their place of birth, and also by naturalization, domicile, citizenship or some other similar connection, modern or historical. List is territorially defined, and includes all people from Serbia, regardless of their ethnic, linguistic, religious or some other personal distinctions.

Royalty and nobility

Serbian monarchs

Jovan Vladimir
Saint Simeon (Stefan Nemanja)
Stefan the First-Crowned
Stefan Milutin
Stefan Dušan
Miloš Obrenović
Mihailo Obrenović
Nikola I Petrović-Njegoš
Petar I Karađorđević

Serbian princesses

Princess Milica of Serbia
Helena Dragaš

Serbian nobility

Politicians and diplomats

19th and the 20th century

Modern times


Medieval and Early modern period


19th-century revolutionaries

See: List of Serbian Revolutionaries

Balkan Wars and World War I
World War II
Yugoslav wars

Foreign service

Various states
Russian Empire
Ottoman Empire

For Serbian American military personnel, see this list


Heads of the Serbian Orthodox Church


Visual artists

Painters, cartoonists, illustrators


  • John of Tobolsk (1651–1715) was a Serbian cleric born in Nizhyn, in the Czernihow Voivodeship of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth of the time, now revered as a saint.
  • Radul of Riđani (fl. 1650–1666) was a Serbian Orthodox priest and chieftain of Riđani, and a prolific letter writer who kept the authorities of Perast informed about Ottoman preparations for the Battle of Perast. A collection of his letters are kept in a museum.
  • 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.
  • Tripo Kokolja (1661–1713) was a well-known Serbian-Venetian painter.
  • Sava Vladislavich (1669–1738), framed Peter the Great's proclamation of 1711, translated Mavro Orbin's Il regno de gli 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.
  • 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, traveler, soldier, and diplomat
  • Jovan Rajić (1726–1801), writer, historian, traveler, 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.
  • 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.
  • Tomo Medin (1725–1788) was a Montenegrin Serb writer and adventurer. He and Casanova had two duels together.
  • 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. His works belong to the genre of epistolary novel.
  • 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.
  • 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), the 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 Miletić (1755–after 1826) was a merchant and writer of epic folk songs.
  • 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.
  • Stefan von Novaković (1740–1826) was a Serbian writer, publisher, and patron of Serbian literature.
  • 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, traveler 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. He also taught mathematics at the University of Kharkiv.
  • 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 a 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 newly-founded National University of Kharkiv, 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

Performing artists

Film/TV directors and screenwriters


Singers and rappers
Music performers
Opera singers
  • Biserka Cvejić (born 1923), Serbian famous opera singer and university professor, mezzo-soprano
  • 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.[51]
  • Milena Kitic, Serbian-born American mezzo-soprano
Dancers and choreographers

Journalists and critics

Scientists and scholars

Natural science


Historians and archeologists

Economists and sociologysts

Editors and publishers

Linguists and philologists

Legal experts and lawyers

Business entrepreneures









Ice hockey

Other sports

For Serbian-American American football players, see this list; for baseball players, see this list.




Fictional and mythological characters

See also


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