Popular Armenian Last Names/Surnames With Meanings And Origins

58 Popular Armenian Last Names With Meanings And Origins

December 1, 2020 Updated January 25, 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 KardashiansArmenia 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. No wonder the rest of the world thinks their sweethearts. Did you know that it is also home to one of the world’s oldest wineries and capitals and chess is apart of their school curriculum? Besides the Kardashian krew, other popular celebs like Cher, Andre Agassi, and Serj are also from the mountainous Caucasus region. They were also the first nation to adopt Christianity. 

It’s 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 15 popular Armenian last names, along with their meanings and origins.

Are you interested in expanding your last name list even further? Want to explore popular surnames in other cultures? We’ve done the heavy lifting for you! Check out our pages on Irish last namesFrench last names, and Scottish last names

  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: Patronymic for someone resembling a magpie
    Origin: Armenian, Persian
  6. Ajemian
    Meaning: Patronymic from Turkish acem, meaning “Persian” or “foreigner”; from Arabic a’jam, meaning “one who speaks Arabic incorrectly”
    Origin: Armenian, Arabic
  7. Aleksanyan
    Meaning: Son of Aleksan
    Origin: Armenian
  8. Avagyan
    Meaning: Son of Avag
    Origin: Aremnian
  9. Azarian
    Meaning: March
    Origin: Turkish
  10. Babayan
    Meaning: From Turkish baba, 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: Patronymic from classical Armenian ter, meaning “lord”
    Origin: Armenian
  15. Davtyan
    Meaning: Son of Davit
    Origin: Aremnian
  16. Donabedian
    Meaning: Head of a festival
    Origin: Classical 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. Ghasabyan
    Meaning: Butcher
    Origin: Arabic
  21. Ghazaryan
    Meaning: Son of Lazar
    Origin: Armenian
  22. Grigoryan
    Meaning: Son of Grigor
    Origin: Armenian
  23. Gulian
    Meaning: Son of rose or laughter
    Origin: Armenian
  24. Hakobyan
    Meaning: Son of Hakob
    Origin: Armenian
  25. Hayrapetyan
    Meaning: Son of Hayrapet
    Origin: Armenian
  26. Hovhannisyan
    Meaning: Son of Hovhannes
    Origin: Armenian
  27. Hovsepyan
    Meaning: Son of Hovsep
    Origin: Armenian
  28. Karapetyan
    Meaning: Son of Karapet
    Origin: Armenian
  29. Kartashyan
    Meaning: Son of the stonemason
    Origin: Armenian
  30. Khachatryan
    Meaning: Son of Khachatur
    Origin: Armenian
  31. Kassabian
    Meaning: Son of the butcher
    Origin: Turkish
  32. Manoukian
    Meaning: Child
    Origin: Classical Armenian
  33. Manukyan
    Meaning: Son of Manuk
    Origin: Armenian
  34. Margaryan
    Meaning: Prophet
    Origin: Old Armenian
  35. Markosyan
    Meaning: Son of Markos
    Origin: Armenian
  36. Martirosyan
    Meaning: Son of Martiros
    Origin: Armenian
  37. Melikyan
    Meaning: Son of Melik
    Origin: Armenian
  38. Misakian
    Meaning: Son of Misak
    Origin: Hebrew
  39. Mushyan
    Meaning: Denoting someone from the Armenian town of Mushi
    Origin: Armenian
  40. Najaryan/Najarian 
    Meaning: Son of a carpenter
    Origin: Arabic
  41. Nalbandyan/Nalbandian
    Meaning: Son of a farrier
    Origin: Persian
  42. Nazaretyan
    Meaning: Son of Nazaret
    Origin: Armenian
  43. Pahlevanyan
    Meaning: Son of the wrestler, son of the champion
    Origin: Armenian
  44. Panosyan
    Meaning: Son of Panos
    Origin: Armenian
  45. Papazian
    Meaning: Priest, father
    Origin: Armenian. Derives from the Turkish word “papaz.”
  46. Parsamyan
    Meaning: Son of Parsam; possibly from Assyrian name Barsauma for “fasting”
    Origin: Armenian, Assyrian
  47. Petrosian
    Meaning: This patronymic name comes from the name Petros.
    Origin: Armenian, Greek
  48. Petrossian
    Meaning: Variation of the name Petrosian, which in Greek means Peter.
    Origin: Armenian, Greek
  49. Petrosyan
    Meaning: Variant of the word Petrosian, which in Greek means Peter.
    Origin: Armenian, Greek
  50. Sahakyan
    Meaning: Son of Sahak
    Origin: Armenian
  51. Sarafyan/Sarafian
    Meaning: Son of a banker
    Origin: Arabic
  52. Saroukhanian
    Meaning: The mountain prince
    Origin: Armenian
  53. Simonyan
    Meaning: Son of Simon
    Origin: Armenian
  54. Tadevosyan
    Meaning: Son of Tadevos
    Origin: Armenian
  55. Tanielian
    Meaning: Western Armenian variant of the name Danielian, which means Daniel.
    Origin: Armenian
  56. Torosyan
    Meaning: Son of Toros
    Origin: Armenian
  57. Tumasyan
    Meaning: Son of Thomas (the Armenian equivalent of “Thompson”)
    Origin: Armenian
  58. Vardanyan
    Meaning: Son of Vardan
    Origin: Armenian