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This is not a variant of Dunya but rather it derives from the word for 'quince'. Serbs have a tradition of naming girls after fruits - Jagoda (strawberry), Višnja (cherry), Jabuka (apple) etc. Therefore Dunja (quince). [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  10/25/2010
Pronounced DOO-nyah in Croatian and Serbian. [noted -ed]
enchy  6/4/2011
While Dunja may refer to quince, and as such is used as a reference to a women in songs, Dunja is also a given name that comes from Russian Avdotya. Russian nicknames are most commonly used as first names in Croatia and Serbia. [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  5/3/2017
I agree with the previous commentary, many Yugoslavian names have the Russian origin. The first source was Russian emigrants in Yugoslavia after the 1917's revolution, the other -
Russian literature or folk songs possibly known there. As for Dunya, it was a popular name in Russia at the XIX- beginning of the XX century. It is the short version for Avdotya and Yevdokiya. The Slovenian Wiki treats "Dunja" only as a Russian name.
I remember there was a popular pop song "Dunya-Dunyasha" in Russia in the 1980's
Oleg P  8/20/2017

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