The -ić suffix, with variants "-ović"/"-ević", is originally a Slavic diminutive and its meaning has been extended to creating patronymics.
Thus the surname Petr(ov)ić signifies little Petar, as does, for example, "-sen"/"-son" in Scandinavian and to a lesser extent German and English names or a common prefix Mac ("son of") in Scottish & Irish, and O' (grandson of) in Irish names.
Other common surname suffixes are -ov or -in which is the Slavic possessive case suffix, thus Nikola's son becomes Nikolin, Petar's son Petrov, and Jovan's son Jovanov. Most people in Serbia will have three meals daily, breakfast, lunch and dinner, with lunch being the largest and most important meal.There are several variants of the Serbian language.The older forms of Serbian are Old Serbian and Russo-Serbian, a version of the Church Slavonic language.During World War II, the Serbs, living in a wide area, were persecuted by various peoples and organizations.The Catholic Croats within the Independent State of Croatia recognized the Serbs only as "Croats of the Eastern faith" and had the ideological vision that 1/3 of the Serbs were to be murdered, 1/3 were to be converted and the last third expelled.
The outcome of these visions was the death of at least 700,000 people, the religious conversion of 250,000 and the expulsion of 250,000. In history, Serbian names have often been transcribed with a phonetic ending, -ich or -itch.