There is a village Kovačići 34km NW from Zagreb, my father`s birthplace. And he went to the next village to learn the blacksmith trade at a family named Hižar (house-builder would be the meaning of that). The village Kovačići had no active kovač at the time  ;D
These days I`m trying to revive this trade so I hammer some hot metal in my old house from time to time just to make the sound of anvil familiar to my kids ;D ;D