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Gender Male
Language(s) Slavic
Word/name Slavic
Meaning Woodsman
Man from the mountains
Other names
Alternative spelling Cyrillic: Горан
Related names female form Gorana
See also Gordan

Goran (pronounced [ɡǒran]; Cyrillic: Горан) is a Slavic male first name, mostly used in Slavic countries such as Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Russia, and Ukraine. The name also has Kurdish origins and has the same meaning in the Kurdish language.[1]

Goran is a Slavic, Pre-Christian name, meaning "highlander" or a mountain-man, someone who lives in the mountains. Hence, Goran in Slavic tradition would mean someone who enjoys and values life in the mountains.

In former Yugoslavia, Mladi Gorani was a Yugoslav Youth Organization tasked with re-foresting Yugoslav highlands.


Nicknames and cognomen include Gogi [ɡoɡi], Gogo [ɡoːɡo].

Name day

  • February 24 in the Roman Catholic Calendar
  • July 31 in the Serbian Orthodox Calendar

Famous namesakes

See also


  1. ^ Karadaghi, Rashid. The Azadi English-Kurdish Dictionary. ISBN 964-356-457-6.
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