Popular Armenian Last Names/Surnames With Meanings And Origins

65+ Popular Armenian Last Names With Meanings And Origins

December 1, 2020 Updated March 27, 2021

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Let’s get this out of the way first: There is so much more to Armenia than simply being the ancestral home of the Kardashians. For starters, besides the Kardashians, other popular celebs like Cher, Andre Agassi, and Serj are also from the mountainous Caucasus region. But more notably, Armenia is known for its open-heartedness and hospitality to foreigners and strangers. Their culture is rooted in kindness, respect, family values, and patience toward children. Did you know that it is also home to one of the world’s oldest wineries and capitals, and that chess is a part of their school curriculum? They were also the first nation to adopt Christianity. 

Armenia is a country with a long, sometimes tragic history and rich culture, including a unique structure for Armenian last names. If — like Kim, Khloe, and the rest of the krew (sorry) — you can trace your lineage back to Armenia, there’s a lot you can learn about your own family history from your last name.

For example, nearly all Armenian last names consist of a root and at least one suffix that offer clues about your past. Roots typically include identifying information like titles, personal characteristics, jobs, or place-names. Suffixes can have a variety of meanings as well, but the most frequently used suffix (by far) is -ian and its variations, such as -yan, -jan, -ians, which means “issued from” or “family of.” Other suffixes include -ji or -chi (which refers to being a merchant), and -uni (which indicates a family connection to Armenian nobility).

Want more examples? Here are some popular Armenian last names, along with their meanings and origins.

  1. Abajian
    Meaning: Maker or seller of coarse woolen cloth or garments
    Origin: Turkish
  2. Abelyan
    Meaning: Son of Abel
    Origin: Georgian, Armenian
  3. Abrahamyan
    Meaning: Son of Abraham
    Origin: Armenian
  4. Adamyan
    Meaning: Son of Adam
    Origin: Armenian
  5. Agassi
    Meaning: Someone who resembles a magpie
    Origin: Armenian, Persian
  6. Ajemian
    Meaning: Persian or foreigner; one who speaks Arabic incorrectly
    Origin: Armenian, Arabic
  7. Aleksanyan
    Meaning: Son of Aleksan
    Origin: Armenian
  8. Avagyan
    Meaning: Son of Avag
    Origin: Armenian
  9. Azarian
    Meaning: March
    Origin: Turkish
  10. Babayan
    Meaning: Father
    Origin: Armenian, Turkish
  11. Barseghyan
    Meaning: Son of Barsegh
    Origin: Armenian
  12. Boyajyan
    Meaning: Son of the painter
    Origin: Armenian
  13. Danielyan
    Meaning: Son of Daniel
    Origin: Armenian
  14. Derian
    Meaning: Lord
    Origin: Armenian
  15. Davtyan
    Meaning: Son of Davit
    Origin: Armenian
  16. Donabedian
    Meaning: Head of a festival
    Origin: Armenian
  17. Galstyan
    Meaning: Son of Galust
    Origin: Armenian
  18. Garabedian
    Meaning: Leader, precursor
    Origin: Armenian
  19. Gasparyan
    Meaning: Son of Gaspar
    Origin: Armenian
  20. Gevorgian/Gevorgyan
    Meaning: Son of Gevorg
    Origin: Armenian
  21. Ghasabyan
    Meaning: Butcher
    Origin: Arabic
  22. Ghazaryan
    Meaning: Son of Lazar
    Origin: Armenian
  23. Grigoryan
    Meaning: Son of Grigor
    Origin: Armenian
  24. Gulian
    Meaning: Son of Rose, or laughter
    Origin: Armenian
  25. Hagopian
    Meaning: Son of Hakob
    Origin: Armenian
  26. Hakobyan
    Meaning: Son of Hakob
    Origin: Armenian
  27. Hayrapetyan
    Meaning: Son of Hayrapet
    Origin: Armenian
  28. Hovhannisyan
    Meaning: Son of Hovhannes
    Origin: Armenian
  29. Hovsepyan
    Meaning: Son of Hovsep
    Origin: Armenian
  30. Karapetyan
    Meaning: Son of Karapet
    Origin: Armenian
  31. Kartashyan
    Meaning: Son of the stonemason
    Origin: Armenian
  32. Khachatryan
    Meaning: Son of Khachatur
    Origin: Armenian
  33. Kassabian
    Meaning: Son of the butcher
    Origin: Turkish
  34. Manoukian
    Meaning: Child
    Origin: Classical Armenian
  35. Manukyan
    Meaning: Son of Manuk
    Origin: Armenian
  36. Margaryan
    Meaning: Prophet
    Origin: Old Armenian
  37. Markosyan
    Meaning: Son of Markos
    Origin: Armenian
  38. Martirosyan
    Meaning: Son of Martiros
    Origin: Armenian
  39. Melikyan
    Meaning: Son of Melik
    Origin: Armenian
  40. Misakian
    Meaning: Son of Misak
    Origin: Hebrew
  41. Mushyan
    Meaning: Someone from the Armenian town of Mushi
    Origin: Armenian
  42. Najaryan/Najarian 
    Meaning: Son of a carpenter
    Origin: Arabic
  43. Nalbandyan/Nalbandian
    Meaning: Son of a farrier
    Origin: Persian
  44. Nazaretyan
    Meaning: Son of Nazaret
    Origin: Armenian
  45. Pahlevanyan
    Meaning: Son of the wrestler or champion
    Origin: Armenian
  46. Panosyan
    Meaning: Son of Panos
    Origin: Armenian
  47. Papazian
    Meaning: Priest, father
    Origin: Armenian
  48. Parsamyan
    Meaning: Son of Parsam; fasting
    Origin: Armenian, Assyrian
  49. Petrosian
    Meaning: Petros
    Origin: Armenian, Greek
  50. Petrossian/Petrosyan
    Meaning: Peter
    Origin: Armenian, Greek
  51. Sahagian
    Meaning: Isaacson, Son of Isaac, or descendant of Isaac
    Origin: Armenian
  52. Sahakyan
    Meaning: Son of Sahak
    Origin: Armenian
  53. Salti
    Meaning: Salty
    Origin: Greek, Armenia
  54. Sarafyan/Sarafian
    Meaning: Son of a banker
    Origin: Arabic
  55. Sargis
    Meaning: Servant, slave
    Origin: Eastern Armenian
  56. Sarkis
    Meaning: Protector, shepherd
    Origin: Arabic, Armenian
  57. Saroukhanian
    Meaning: The mountain prince
    Origin: Armenian
  58. Sevian
    Meaning: Son of Black or raven-haired
    Origin: Armenian
  59. Shahbazyan
    Meaning: Descendant of
    Origin: Armenian
  60. Simonian
    Meaning: A follower of Simon Magus
    Origin: Armenian
  61. Simonyan
    Meaning: Son of Simon
    Origin: Armenian
  62. Stepanian
    Meaning: Foreigner
    Origin: Armenian
  63. Stepanyan
    Meaning: son of Stepan
    Origin: Armenian
  64. Tadevosyan
    Meaning: Son of Tadevos
    Origin: Armenian
  65. Tanielian
    Meaning: Daniel
    Origin: Armenian
  66. Tashjian
    Meaning: Stonemason
    Origin: Armenian
  67. Tavitian
    Meaning: Son of David
    Origin: Armenian
  68. Terzian
    Meaning: Tailor
    Origin: Persian
  69. Topalian
    Meaning: Lame and crippled
    Origin: Armenian
  70. Torosyan
    Meaning: Son of Toros
    Origin: Armenian
  71. Tumasyan
    Meaning: Son of Thomas; Thompson
    Origin: Armenian
  72. Vardanyan
    Meaning: Son of Vardan
    Origin: Armenian
  73. Vartanian
    Meaning: Shield
    Origin: Persian
  74. Zakarian
    Meaning: God has remembered
    Origin: Armenian

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