Slobodan is a Serbian
The Serbs are a South Slavic ethnic group of the Balkans and southern Central Europe. Serbs are located mainly in Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and form a sizable minority in Croatia, the Republic of Macedonia and Slovenia. Likewise, Serbs are an officially recognized minority in...

 given name which means "free" (Serbian
Serbian language
Serbian is a form of Serbo-Croatian, a South Slavic language, spoken by Serbs in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and neighbouring countries....

: Sloboda/Слобода means Freedom, Liberty) used to other South Slavs as well. It was coined by Serbian liberal politician Vladimir Jovanović
Vladimir Jovanovic
Vladimir Jovanović was a Serbian politician, political theorist, economist and journalist.Jovanović was educated at the Universities of Vienna and Berlin in agricultural and economic sciences...

 who, inspired by John Stuart Mill
John Stuart Mill
John Stuart Mill was a British philosopher, economist and civil servant. An influential contributor to social theory, political theory, and political economy, his conception of liberty justified the freedom of the individual in opposition to unlimited state control. He was a proponent of...

's essay On Liberty
On Liberty
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 baptised his son Slobodan in 1869 and his daughter Pravda (Justice) in 1871. It became popular in both Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1918-1945) and communist Yugoslavia (1945-1991) among other Yugoslav peoples and therefore today there are also Slobodans among Croats, Slovenes and other Yugoslav peoples.

Common derived nicknames are Sloba. Slobo, Boban, Boba, Bobi or Cobi.

Feminine counterpart is Slobodanka.

It may refer to:
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     (1934–1985), Serbian actor
  • Slobodan Jovanović
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     (1869–1958), Serbian politician during World War II
  • Slobodan Kačar
    Slobodan Kacar
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     (born 1957), retired Serbian boxer
  • Slobodan Komljenović
    Slobodan Komljenovic
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     (born 1971), retired German-born Yugoslav footballer
  • Slobodan Lalović
    Slobodan Lalović
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     (born 1954), Serbian politician
  • Slobodan Milošević
    Slobodan Milošević
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     (1941–2006), former president of Yugoslavia and Serbia
  • Slobodan Novak
    Slobodan Novak
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     (born 1924), Croatian writer
  • Slobodan Obradov
    Slobodan Obradov
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     (born 1919 ), Serbian physician
  • Slobodan Praljak
    Slobodan Praljak
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     (born 1945), one of the leaders of Bosnian Croats and Herzeg-Bosnia
    Croatian Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia
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     during the Civil War in Bosnia
  • Slobodan Prosperov Novak
    Slobodan Prosperov Novak
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     (born 1951), Croatian writer
  • Slobodan Rajković
    Slobodan Rajkovic
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     (born 1989), Serbian football player
  • Slobodan Rakitić
    Slobodan Rakitic
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     (born 1940), Serbian writer and politician
  • Slobodan Santrač
    Slobodan Santrac
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     (born 1946), Serbian football manager
  • Slobodan Šijan
    Slobodan Šijan
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     (born 1946), Serbian film director
  • Slobodan Šnajder
    Slobodan Šnajder
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     (born 1948), Croatian writer
  • Slobodan Subotić
    Slobodan Subotic
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     (born 1956), Montenegro-born Slovenian basketball player
  • Slobodan Uzelac
    Slobodan Uzelac
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     (born 1947), Croatian politician representing Serbs of Croatia
    Serbs of Croatia
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    , member of Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor's cabinet
  • Slobodan Vuksanović
    Slobodan Vuksanovic
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     (born 1965), Serbian poet, essayist, translator and politician
  • Slobodan Živojinović
    Slobodan Živojinovic
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    (born 1963), former Serbian tennis player
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