(This is about Armenian boy names / Armenian first names for boys.)
Everyone knows that our names accompany us during the whole life. So, most parents search some good names for their baby boys, which hopefully have some special meanings.
They also believe that the name can affect success in life of their baby boy as well as personality and etc. As a result, they try to choose names of meanings that would reflect the best of their boys.
As to Armenians, they also pay a particular attention to the first names of their boys and think that good Armenian boy names will lead to the solidity of Armenia as a nation. Therefore, Armenians try to choose names that embrace special meanings characterizing the unique features of the Armenian soul.
In this article some of selected first names for boys will be introduced; top 5 popular names for boys these days, 4 unique names and other names commonly found among Armenian boys. You will get some tips about how you should name your future boy!
The most popular Armenian boy names today
Popular Armenian first name for boy No.1: Hayk
Nowadays, one of the most popular Armenian boy names is Hayk (or Hayg).
Hayk was the name of the founder of the Armenian nation, also known as Haik Nahapet. Hayk is supposed to be a great-great-grandson of Noah. According to the legend, it has been said that he won and killed Bel – a mythical Assyrian king; thus, saved the Armenian nation from slavery.
The name, Hayk, is very popular and beloved by Armenians as it symbolizes patriotism, strength and courage. This name has always been popular and will probably remain the same in the future.
Popular Armenian first name for boy No.2: David
Another popular Armenian boy name is David. This name comes from the Hebrew name Dawid, which probably was derived from Hebrew meaning “beloved”. David was the second and greatest of the kings of Israel in the 10th century BC.
For Armenians, this boy name has become popular and been beloved due to a famous Armenian literature figure – David of Sassoun.
David is the main hero of Armenia’s national epic, “Sasna Tsrer”, ( “Daredevils of Sassoun”). According to the legend, it has been believed that he drove Arab invaders out of Armenia.
This name has always been very popular as a boy name within the Armenian nation as well as Armenians around the world. By choosing this name, Armenians hope that the child would be as brave and patriotic as their hero of national epic.
Popular Armenian first name for boy No.3: Arman
The name, Arman, is one of the most widespread Armenian boy names in Armenia.
This name is derived from the name of the country, “Armenia”. The name, Arman, also has French, Germanic, Persian origins too. This means that it has more than one origin, and has been used in more than one countries as well as in different languages.
While the Armenian meaning of Arman is “Armenian”, the Germanic and the French meaning is “Man in the army”. The Iranian meaning of the name is “Wish, longing”.
Armenians like this name very much and Armenian boys having this name can be met very often. If you shout “Arman” on the street in Armenia, probably more than one Armenian men would turn their face!
Popular Armenian first name for boy No.4: Narek
‘Narek’ is also one of the most popular Armenian boy names. The Western Armenian version is Nareg.
The name is so popular because it’s the name of a well-known Armenian monk, poet, philosopher and theologian, St. Gregory of Narek (also known as Grigor Narekatsi). He was the founder of the historic Armenian monastery, Narekavank. There is also a village in Ararat Province of Armenia – Narek, which was named after Grigor Narekatsi.
Popular Armenian first name for boy No.5: Tigran
One of the Armenian historical names, which is still very popular among Armenians is Tigran. The ancient version of the name is Tigrane.
Armenians have always liked this name especially because there were several brave and strong kings in the Armenian history having this name. The most beloved of them is the Armenian king, Tigranes the Great. Under his authority, the country became the strongest state in the region. He expanded the boundaries of Armenia and the country of that time has been known in history as “sea to sea Armenia”.
Selection of 4 unique Armenian boy names
Unique Armenian name for boys No.1: Gor
‘Gor’ is a unique Armenian name which means “powerful”.
Armenians often choose this name for their children as they believe that the meaning of the name will affect the personality of the child. So, by applying this name, the parents probably think that their boy will be a strong man in the future!
Unique Armenian name for boys No.2: Vahan
Among the most unique boy names, let us introduce Vahan. It has Armenian origin and means “shield”; more specifically, “a vehicle of consciousness”.
For some reasons, Armenians started using Vahan as a first name for boy by entailing the meaning, “powerful” and “unbending”.
Unique Armenian name for boys No.3: Azat
‘Azat’ is a rare but very unique name for Armenian boys. It means “free” or “noble”. Armenians particularly like this name as one of the main characteristics of the Armenian soul, which is “striving for freedom”.
Unique Armenian name for boys No.4: Alan
‘Alan’ is a rare male given name in Armenia. It has actually become popular among Armenians in the recent years.
The name was first introduced by Bretons who took part in the Norman Invasion in the 11th century. The name, Alan, today has numerous variations in fact. Plus, there are also numerous female forms of this name as well.
Unique Armenian name for boys No.5: Aramayis
The Armenian boy name, Aramayis, is a very noted name. Aramayis was the 3rd king (1980—1940 B.C.) of the Haykazun Dynasty. He has been known as a grandson of the forefather, Haik, and thus considered as one of the ancestors of the Armenian nation as well.
10 commonly found Armenian boy names
Common Armenian name for boys 1) Alex
The name, Alex, has become a common name in Armenia. It is also used in different languages too. Usually, it is the shortened version of the male given name, Alexander.
It also has its female equivalent version, “Alexandra or Alexandria”. The name can also be used as a nickname, for example, in Spanish, Alejandro, Alejandrino and Alexandrino.
Common Armenian name for boys 2) Ararat
Another normal Armenian boy name is Ararat. One of the main national symbols of Armenia is Mount Ararat (Masis). It has been considered a “holy mountain” for the Armenians.
Formerly, Mt. Ararat was a part of Armenia and according to the legend, the Noah’s Ark landed on the Mount Ararat.
As the mountain is in the eastern part of Turkey now, Armenians give the name, “Ararat”, to their boy by longing for Mr. Ararat. This will make the name never lost even in the future.
Common Armenian name for boys 3) Samvel
‘Samvel’ (or Samual) is a very commonly found male given name in Armenia. It is of Hebrew origin, meaning “name of God” or “God has heard”.
For Armenians, there is also another reason why this name is so notable for them. Samvel Mamikonian is the main character of a novel written by a beloved Armenia novelist, Raffis. Samuel, from the novel, has been considered to be one of the most patriotic figures in the Armenian literature. This has attached a special value to the name “Samvel”.
Common Armenian name for boys 4) Aram
The name, Aram, has its origin in Armenian and is one of the names many Armenian boys have today. Aram is an Armenian forefather in the history of Armenia according to a prominent Armenian historian, Moses of Chorene.
Common Armenian name for boys 5) Erick
In Armenia, you’re supposed to meet a lot of people given the name, Erik. It is a very widespread name nowadays among Armenians while it can be found in many different languages and countries too.
Common Armenian name for boys 6) Ruben
The name, Ruben, has its Scandinavian, Dutch, French and Armenian forms. Reuben is a Biblical name.
In the 11th century, there were several Armenian rulers in Cilicia with this name as Cilicia existed as a political entity under Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia from ancient times.
The name, Ruben, may also be used as a surname too in other languages.
Common Armenian name for boys 7) Gagik
One of the common and simultaneously popular names in Armenia is a boy name, Gagik.
There were many kings in the Armenian history with this name. Among them, the most beloved one is the Gagik I. Under his power, the Bagratuni Dynasty prospered and enjoyed unbroken peace.
Common Armenian name for boys 8) Yeghishe (Eghishe)
The Armenian boy name, Yeghishe (Eghishe), is generally found among Armenian boys due to the fact that one the most renowned Armenian historians from the time of late antiquity, Yeghishe Vardapet, has been beloved by many Armenians.
He wrote the detailed history of the Armenians in the fifth century about their revolts against the invaders.
Common Armenian name for boys 9) Mesrop
The name, Mesrop, is also one of the commonly given names in Armenia. An eminent Armenian historical figure, Mesrop Mashtots, is best known for this name. He is the creator of Armenian alphabet that dates back to 405 AD.
The Armenian language and the alphabet created by Mesrop has been the greatest mark of the Armenian identity.
Common Armenian name for boys 10) Abgar
Abgar is a well-known Armenian name too. There is a historical figure with this name – Abgar V the Black or Abgarus V of Edessa who was an Armenian king of Osroene having held his capital at Edessa.
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