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Celebrating accomplished people of Serbian ethnicity, outside of ex-Yugoslavia

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Бећар:
Poreklo website https://www.poreklo.rs/category/poznati/ already has a small list of accomplished people of Serbian ancestry, written in the Serbian language. Most are well known inside Ex-Yugoslavia, but some internationally too. This list includes some of the grates like Serbia’s, America's and ex-Yugoslavia's pride Nikola Tesla and some are surprises like Roger Joseph Boscovich (Ruđer Bošković) of Dubrovnik Republic, also the pride of Italian and Croatian people. With that in mind, it is important to emphasize that many great people, advancing culture and science or just minor Hollywood celebrities have mixed ethnical backgrounds. If some of them located far from homeland have only one of the parents of Serbia ethnicity, please list them here. I am biased toward grandmothers and aunts so please include those too. Often the mother, grandmother or that significant aunt in our life has more to do with us feeling loved and accepted than father whose last name we have. If that is all that they have or had (25% DNA Serbian) than they should be listed here.

Sometimes, who is Croatian, Bosnian, Montenegrin, Albanian, Canadian or Serbian is not so easy to determine even if you only look fathers several generations back. Many celebrities in USA, Canda, and Australia are a mix of several nationalities. So I propose Navaho American Indians standard of acceptance to the tribe. Celebrities with a blood quantum of 1/4 Serbian as welcome to be listed here.  Please provide a few sentences on what you know and links so we can all learn from you. You have to support your claim.

If we have an interesting collection, we may use your input in the upcoming revision of the English language website for Poreklo. Thank you.

Бећар:
Let me get us started:

Sibi Blazic was born on April 14, 1970, in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Srboslava Blažić.  ( Hmm … sounds Croatian to me in that Latin alphabet ... are you sure she is of Serbian ancestry?  ;D  )  Sibi is the daughter of Slobodan Blažić and Nadežda Topalski, listed as born in Belgrade and married in the municipality of Vračar, Serbia. Sibi (Srboslava) is known for her acting role on The Dark Knight Rises (2012), George of the Jungle (1997) and Girl, Interrupted (1999). She also had a modeling career. Sibi has been married to actor Christian Bale since 2000. They have two children and Christian Bale often has something nice to say for his wife of Serbian ancestry (the key to 18 years marriage in Hollywood or anywhere else).

Sibi Blažić https://ethnicelebs.com/sibi-blazic
Sibi Blazic https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0088023/
Srboslava Blažić  http://liverampup.com/entertainment/sibi-blazic-wiki-model-serbian-pregnant-wedding-family-net-worth.html

Stana Katic is a Canadian film and television actress, active in the United States. She is known for her portrayal of Detective Kate Beckett on the ABC series Castle.

Stana Katić was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (April 26, 1978) to Serbian parents. She has stated:
My parents are Serbs from Croatia. I call us Dalmatian because that’s the part of the planet that we are originally from. I have Serb, Croat and even a handful of Montenegrin family members.

Her mother is from around Sinj, and her father is from Vrlika. Can anyone from Društvo Poreklo tell us more about her family Serbian origin in Dalmatia?  I think Stana will appreciate more information and we can contact her on her Instagram website or Twitter.

Stana Katic – IMDb  https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1065664/
https://ew.com/tv/2018/01/27/stana-katic-absentia-castle-exit/
https://www.instagram.com/drstanakatic/?hl=en
Stana Katic - (@Stana_Katic) · Twitter
https://twitter.com/Stana_Katic


Бећар:
Luka Yovetich, known professionally as Luka Jones, is an American actor and comedian, best known for co-starring in the NBC sitcoms Best Friends Forever and Up All Night. Luka was born as Luka Yovetich in Evanston, Illinois, USA on August 18, 1975.

Luka is the son of Diana and Gene Yovetich. He was raised in Illinois and Colorado. Luka’s paternal grandfather was Eli Yovetich born in Kansas and listed of Serbian descent (the son of Mile/Mike Jovetić and Mary Poznić). Mile was born in Plaški, Karlovac, Croatia, so it is Lika region.  Mile Jovetić was the son of Rade Jovetić and Starka Ralić. Mary Poznić was born in either Yugoslavia or Austria, as I see two records.

Do we know anything about Jovetić or Ralić from Plaški, Karlovac or in surrounding villages of Lika? I see several villages around Plaški, like Janja Gora, that one time had almost 100% Serbian population.  Plaški is also listed as majority Serbian on Wikipedia up to Croatian War of Independence in the 1990s.  Here is Wikipedia information for Plaški history from 1600-1800.

By decision of the Military Council in Graz, Serbs were allowed to resettle the area. The Serbs came in three waves: 1609, 1639 and 1666. Together with Tounj, Plaški was center of a military company that was part of Ogulin's regiment. The Eparchy of Upper Karlovac of the Serbian Orthodox Church was founded in 1711 and had its first seat in Gomirje monastery and from 1721 to 1941 the seat was in Plaški. The Orthodox Cathedral was built from 1756 to 1763.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla%C5%A1ki
Gene Yovetich (Jovetić) https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV57-7YWY
Eli Yovetich - Mike Yovetich as Mile Jovetić  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9R4L-7W3?i=58&cc=1810731
Mile Jovetić  https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/MW9M-Q13

Luka’s paternal grandmother is Mary Skorupan (the daughter of Dušan “Peter” Skorupan and Millie “Alla” “Helen” Timotejevic/Temorovich ... not sure on the family name). Mary was born in Kansas. Dušan “Peter” was listed born in 1889 Hungaria on the entrance to the USA and later listed as born in 1888 Yugoslavia in 1940 United States Census.  Dušan “Peter” was described as a member of a Serbian Orthodox Church in one of Luka's listings, but I could not confirm. Millie is probably Milja but she was also listed as Alla in 1940 USA Census, born in 1891, Yugoslavia.

I see that Skorupan is the family name in Croatia but it is interesting that there is a connection to the Serbian Orthodox Church.  Members of Društvo Poreklo, is there any history on Skorupan family name or Y-DNA tests?

Mary Scorupan https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VR2L-JGD
https://www.instagram.com/lukayovetich/?hl=en
https://www.earwolf.com/person/luka-jones/

Nemo:

--- Цитат: Бећар  Април 22, 2019, 12:18:53 пре подне ---Stana Katić was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (April 26, 1978) to Serbian parents. She has stated:
My parents are Serbs from Croatia. I call us Dalmatian because that’s the part of the planet that we are originally from. I have Serb, Croat and even a handful of Montenegrin family members.

Her mother is from around Sinj, and her father is from Vrlika. Can anyone from Društvo Poreklo tell us more about her family Serbian origin in Dalmatia?  I think Stana will appreciate more information and we can contact her on her Instagram website or Twitter.
--- Крај цитата ---

Probably, from the same family was Ostoia Cattich, mentioned in Catastico di Verlica, in 1692. He had family of 14 members, and was one of wealthiest in Vrlika (he had the largest livestock fond). Katić's family patron is St. Nicolas.

More about them can be found in Simić's a Škiljan's book "Srbi u Cetinskoj Krajini" (pg. 303-305).

Бећар:
Thank you, Nemo, and welcome to Poreklo forum. Interesting information about Katić familz in Dalmatia. I appreciate that your first message in Poreklo Forum is about providing help to others.  I solute you Nemo!  You the Man! ... as we say in the USA. :D

I didn’t find Simić's a Škiljan's book "Srbi u Cetinskoj Krajini" in the Poreklo digitized library, but I see it being discussed both by Serbian and Croatian Internet information forums. Our editor, Amicus, recently informed us that we now have over 11000 publications, books and other published materials covering life, historical and cultural events of Serbian and other nationalities in our area.  I see new books being digitized and added every week by our volunteers. The access to the library is available with membership to Poreklo Society (Društvo Poreklo).

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