In Croatia, Žgaljić families are generally Croats (from the Island of Krk ), very rarely Italians (from Rijeka ), and barely Slovenes (from Zagreb ). In the past century, relatively most of Croatian residents bearing this family name were born in Rijeka and on the Island of Krk. In Linardići on the Island of Krk every sixth inhabitant had the family name Žgaljić.
About 50 people with faimily name Žgaljić live in Croatia today, in 30 households. There were 10 of them in the middle of the past century, and their number multiplied. They are located in threee Croatian counties, threee cities and 7 other places, mostly in Rijeka (25), Zagreb (<10), in Krk (<10) and Linardici (<5) on the Island of Krk, and in Kostrena in Bakr area (<5).
At least 19 families with this surname emigrated from Croatia to: the United States (15), Canada (3), and to Germany (1). Family name Žgaljić is present in three countries on two continents. The family name "Zgaljic " is used by small number of people in the United States and small number in Canada.