Origin: Slavic Томислав
Meaning: “tortuous glory.”
The name is composed of the Slavic elements, tomiti (torture) and slav (glory).
The name was also occasionally used as a form of Thomas, even though the names do not share the same etymology.
The name was borne by a 9th-century king and first King of Croatia. He is celebrated as the founder of the first united Croatian state.
As of 2009, Tomislav was the 41st most popular male name in Croatia.
Another form of the name is the Polish Tomisław.
A feminine form is Tomislava (South Slavic) and Tomisława (Polish).
Croatian male diminutives are Tomica and Tomo.