The IC or OVIC endings are diminutive endings meaning "little one" or generally accepted as meaning "son of".
So your KARAN name may be in its original form! In fact many of the oldest names in the region have no IC ending.
Ellis Is has records for 126 KARAN arrivals. They are of various ethnicities inc. Croatian (26), German (13) and Servian (3), Bosnian (2)
The word kara you are speaking of as meaning black is actually of Turkish origins. Many things in the region were influenced by Ottoman occupation ie words, food, music, names, etc.. For instance some family names derived from Turkish words are BASIC/BACIC = from the Turkish word for boss, AMIDZIC = from the Turkish word for uncle, DIZDAR = a Turkish offial, BAKALE = Turkish for shopkeeper, POTURICA = someone who converted to the Turkish way of life (or Islam)
In Serbia kara can mean carriage. While an AN suffix on a surname from that region generally denotes one who performs a certain activity. So perhaps KARAN = carriage maker? If this is the case then it would be in the occupational category of family names.
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