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Why do Armenian Names end with “IAN” ?


Why do Armenian Names end with “IAN” ?

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The Armenian people are an ethnos, which belongs to the large Caucasian racial group of peoples, that have inhabited the Armenian Highlands since the Stone Age. The earliest possible record identified with Armenians, is from Sumerian records from around 2,700 BC, in which the Armenians are referred to as the sons of Haya, after the regional god of the Armenian Highlands.

Oral history explains the origin of the Armenian people as being the direct descendants of Noah's son Japheth. Armenians call themselves Hay and identify their homeland not by the term Armenia but as Hayastan. In the Bible, the area designated as Armenia is referred to as Ararat, which the Assyrians referred to as Urartu.

The indigenous people of the land of Ararat, Armenians shaped their national identity with the rise of powerful Armenian kingdoms, being the first nation to have adopted Christianity as a state religion, and the creation of the Armenian alphabet, which spurred the development of literature, philosophy and science.

Armenians are born survivors. Since the start of their history over 3,000 years ago Armenians have been the subject of all kinds of atrocities, foreign domination, natural disasters, hardships and genocide. Particular historical fate of the Armenian people formed such features of national character as expressive national pride and merit, love for their land, hospitality, surprising diligence, energy and perseverance.

The number of Armenians in the world counts approximately 10 million people, of whom around 3 million people live in the Republic of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. Another 3 million Armenians live in various countries of the ex-Soviet Union, mainly in Russia. About 2 million Armenians are dispersed in the Americas. About 1.5 million Armenians live in various European countries, and 500,000 Armenians live in the Middle East and Africa. There are 50,000 Armenians in Turkey, 4,000 in Cyprus and 20,000 in Australia.

The most common ending for the Armenian last name is ian, or yan (Kim Kardashian, William Saroyan). When Armenians moved from Armenia or from the Middle East, some changed their last names to adapt better to their new societies. Sometimes the ian or yan ending was dropped and the root kept, such as Charles Aznavour (was Aznavourian), or Andy Serkis (originally Sarkissian).

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Where do Armenian Surnames come from?

“What’s in a Name?” the illustrated lecture by writer and editor Charles Garabed Kasbarian on the Etymology of Armenian Surnames. Celebrating the online release of Mr. Kasbarian’s “Dictionary of Armenian Surnames” and the 30th anniversary of his weekly column, “Uncle Garabed’s Notebook,” appearing in the Armenian Weekly.


Meaning o f the name Ian. What is the meaning of the name Ian?
Name Ian is a diminutive form of a name Johannes. The latter is derived from the Hebrew word, which means God is gracious . This is a name for a boy.
This name and its forms is a traditional name in Greece, Russia, France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, Finland, France, Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia. Name Ian is also quite loved in UK, Scotland and other English speaking countries, like USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand. Americans are also fond of Ian, this name is a N#78 name in USA as well.
Famous bearers of this name are:
Ian Lancaster Fleming, British novelist
Ian Russell McEwan, British novelist
Ian James Rankin, Scottish novelist
Ian Murray, American fashion designer
Ian Joseph Somerhalder, American actor
Ian Anthony Dale, American actor
Ian McDiarmid, Scottish actor
Ian Murray McKellen, British actor
Ian Harding, American actor
Ian Bohen, American actor
Ian Andrew Ziering, American actor
Ian Michael Smith, American actor
Ian Michael Nelson, American actor
Ian David Lithgow, American actor
Ian Andrew Hecox, American comedian of duo Smosh
Ian Kevin Curtis, English lead singer of band Joy Division
Ian Brown, British musician
Ian Edward Wright, British football player
Ian Williams, American football player
Ian Michael Kinsler, American baseball player
Thomas Ian Nicholas, American actor
Ian Marcus Stapleton aka SSundee, American YouTube star
Ian Rivera, musician, singer, song-writer, YouTube star
Ian Eastwood, artist, YouTube star
Ian Thomas, YouTube star, lifestyle vlogger
Ian Grey Entertainment, musician, singer,YouTube star
Mano Ian, YouTube star, lifestyle vlogger
Ian Atkinson, artist, leather designer, YouTube star
ian kim, musician, YouTube star
Ian name horoscope. What brings luck to Ian? What are lucky days for Ian? What are lucky professions for Ian? How special is Ian? Personality traits of Ian. You will find answers to these questions in this movie. We collected the fun facts about the name.


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How to Find the Nationality of Last Names

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Sometimes it doesn't take a lot of digging to decipher the nationality of a last name. Look at the spelling for some clues about the country of origin.

Step 1: Count the letters
Count the letters in the surname. If the name is less than 4 letters, like Wu or Li, it may be of Chinese origin.

Step 2: Look at the ending
Look at the ending. If the name ends in -icz or -ski the name is most likely Polish.

If the name is also the name of a city or landmark in a country, like Ashby named after Ashby Castle, then that is probably the country of origin.

Step 3: Look at the beginning
Look at the beginning of the name. Most Irish surnames start with Mc or O' like McCauley and O'Brien.

Step 4: Check for a vowel
Check for a vowel on the end of the name. Most Italian surnames end in a vowel.

Step 5: See if there is a -berg
See if there is a -berg or -berger at the end of the name. These names, like Niederberger, are of German origin. Now get investigating!

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As of the 2000 census, Smith was the most popular surname in America.

Why Armenians Are So Easy To Love | HD


When you encounter hospitality in Armenia, you’re unlikely to forget it. The hospitality of the Armenian people is known all over the world, as the Armenians have long been renowned for generosity to outsiders.

The country’s location on the historical trade networks of the Silk Road is integral to this, as the region has seen the passage of countless thousands of merchants, soldiers, migrants and wayfarers throughout the ages.

So, why not try it for yourself? Who wouldn’t want to spend their vacation in beautiful surroundings among warm, generous and hospitable people, who are generally happy to share their relaxed atmosphere?

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Armenian. Part 1 (The Ethnic Origins of Beauty)

The interview with a representative of Armenian people for the project The Ethnic Origins of Beauty


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Date and place of filming: 12 November 2013 in Moscow
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Armenians are an ethnic group native to the Armenian Highland.
The Republic of Armenia and the unrecognized de facto independent Nagorno-Karabakh Republic are the two countries where Armenians form a majority, both with a nearly homogeneous population. Because of a wide-ranging and long-lasting diaspora, an estimated total of 5-7 million people of full or partial Armenian ancestry live outside of Armenia. As a result of the Armenian Genocide, a large number of survivors fled to many countries throughout the world. The largest Armenian populations today exist in Russia, the United States, France, Georgia, Iran, Lebanon, and Syria.
Christianity began to spread in Armenia soon after Jesus's death, due to the efforts of two of his apostles, St. Thaddeus and St. Bartholomew. In the early 4th century, the Kingdom of Armenia became the first nation to adopt Christianity as a state religion

Total population: 8 millions
The Ethnic Origins of Beauty (Les origines de la beauté) is a non-profit, artistic, documentary and research project about the ethnic diversity of mankind, presented through the beauty of women of all ethnic groups of the world.
The objectif of this project is to show the real scale of ethnocultural diversity in a full, systematic and creative way; to illustrate each and every distinctive ethnicity, however small it is, and whatever its official status.
It is the ethnicities put on the base of the project, rather than countries, to show the picture of human diversity vividly, which we do not see when focusing only at racial or national typologies that are characteristic for the most international competitions or other events. Limiting only by civil affiliation, 90% of existing peoples stay invisible, because they are not presented as independent countries.

The project “The Ethnic Origins of Beauty” received the acknowledgment of UNESCO and was first officially presented at an exhibition devoted to international women’s day in March 2014, at its Parisian headquarters.

Apart of Internet publishing, broadcasting on TV, exhibitions, publications of books, DVDs and other are planned all along and at the end of the project

The project started in 2012, but it is only in the early stages of its realisation and in constant need of help. We would appreciate any kind of support, cooperation or partnership.

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15 Things You Didn’t Know About Armenia

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Sergey and Narek help Conan expand his Armenian vocabulary with phrases like may I go blind instead of you.

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Little Armenia in Los Angeles is a Operatic Feast — MOFAD

More Armenians now live outside Armenia, in cities around the world, than in it. This is the result of thousands of years of hardship: wars, revolutions, and genocide that have forced Armenians to disperse again and again as refugees. Armenian food culture reflects this dispersal, pulling from other traditions to produce a varied cuisine that changes from one community to another. But in L.A., which has the second largest Armenian population in the world, many different generations of Armenians meet, bringing together the disparate cooking styles that millenia of unrest have brought about.
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History of Armenia - Origins of the Name

A closer look at a few of the many early Armenian nations.

Correction: Strictly speaking, Urartu was the name given by the Assyrians to a geographical region, not necessarily one tribal state.

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Armenian Origins of Basque: a presentation by Vahan Setyan

Vahan Setyan (MS PhD), author of Language as a Fingerprint, presented his new book, Armenian Origins of Basque in Abril Bookstore on February 16, 2018. He discussed the linguistic parallels coupled with historical, anthropological and comparative mythological parallels, introducing Basque, Spanish and Armenian sources. The parallels are undeniable and statistically significant, refuting arguments of Basque being an isolate and not related to the Indo-European languages. It’s the first book of its kind, dedicating to the monumental research done by Vahan Sarkisian (1954-2011), a Basqologist, Linguist and Honorary Member of various historical societies in Spain and Basque Country.
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5 Things NOT To Do in Armenia

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Heritage of the Kardashians and supposed resting place of Noah's Ark. However, for a hiccup free vacation there, follow these things not to do when you’re hitting the road in Armenia.

1. Don’t Expect Everyone to Speak English
A lot of people throughout Armenia will speak some English with you. But it’s pretty pompous to expect them to understand you. Just take the time to memorize a few easy phrases like “hello” = Բարեւ 'Barev'

2. Don’t Skip a Picnic
Armenia is absolutely filled with incredible wine, cheese, fruits and veggies. If you have the opportunity, it’s never a bad idea to grab some delectable goodies and have a nice, lazy picnic in a public area.

3. Don’t Forget To Do Some Research
If you’re an American, it's likely that your average history class didn’t exactly spend tons of time talking about Armenian culture. So, before you travel there do a little research as the locals will appreciate the passing familiarity with their culture.

4. Don’t Discount Some Adventure Travel
If you’re in Armenia to sit back, look at the scenery and drink some wine, then you came to the right place. But there are plenty of extreme sports available like skiing, rock climbing and even paragliding.

5. Don’t Miss Out on the Churches
Armenia was the first country in the world to adopt Christianity and is also home to Mt. Ararat — the place where Noah’s Ark supposedly made landfall. As a result the country is home to some of the world’s oldest and most beautiful Christian churches.

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Hamshen, The Hidden Gem of Turkish Armenians

The origins of Hamshen Armenians are wrapped in myth. History tells that in the 8th century a varied group moved from Armenia under the leadership of an Armenian prince called Hamam Amatuni. They settled in modern Turkish Black Sea region of Hopa and Rize, close to the border with modern Georgia. Thus the area was called Hamamshen, or 'built by Hamam' in Armenian. It later became Hamshen. Until the end of 15th century there was an Armenian kingdom in Hamshen.

From the end of 18th century Islam started to spread among the Christian community and under the Ottoman empire the process of islamization intensified. Today Hamshen Armenians are Muslim and majority Turkish-speakers, with some of them still communicating in Hamshetsnak, considered a dialect of the Armenian language.

Take Aydogan Topal(35) and Shafak Karaibrahimoğlu(32). Originally from Hopa, currently the Istanbul residents are determined to keep their identity, including linguistic, alive. Topal is a musician who composes both in the Turkish and Hamshen dialects as, “songs are one of the ways to preserve his identity.”

Born in Hopa, a few kilometres away from Georgia, Shafak and his family moved around Turkey until he settled in Istanbul where he works in a cafe. “The Hamshen boasts a beautiful culture,” he says.

Происхождение амшенских армян покрыто туманом и мифами. История повествует, что в VIII веке из нынешней Армении выехала разнородная группа армян под руководством ишхана (князя) Хамама Аматуни. Они поселились в черноморских регионах современной Турции Ризе и Хопа, недалеко от границы с современной Грузией. Таким образом, область называлась Хамамшен, или “поселение, основанное Хамамом” в переводе с армянского языка. Позднее она стала называться Амшен. До конца XV века в Амшене было армянское княжество.

Начиная с конца 18-го века ислам начал распространяться среди христианской общины, а в Османской империи процесс исламизации усилился. Сегодня амшенские армяне являются мусульманами и большинство-тюркоязычными, некоторые из которых до сих пор общаются на “амшецнаке”, который считается диалектом армянского языка.

Айдоган Топал и Шафак Караибрагимоглу - амшенские армяне. Корнями они из Хопы, тридцатилетние жители Стамбула полны решимости сохранить свою идентичность, в том числе лингвистическую. Топал - музыкант, который сочиняет как на турецком, так и на амшенском, так как “песни - один из способов сохранить свою идентичность”.

Родившийся в Хопе, в нескольких километрах от Грузии, Шафак и его семья переезжали с места на место в Турции, пока сам он не обосновался в Стамбуле, где работает в кафе. “В Амшене прекрасная культура”, - говорит он.

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Revisiting Armenian Revivals

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Today, we will discuss the history behind the Armenian nation, and how they have evolved in the past few thousand years, from one of the great superpowers of the ancient world, to the modestly-sized country we see today that still has quite an impressive international reach through it's culture and extensive diaspora.

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Armenian genocide: survivors recall events 100 years on

In 1915 a million people were brought through what is now Turkey and walked to their deaths near Deir-al-Zour in modern Syria. One hundred years on, only a handful of survivors remain to tell the stories of the Armenian genocide, which they witnessed.

by Diana Markosian

A hundred years after the Armenian genocide, filmmaker Diana Markosian found two survivors who witnessed deportation, death, and denial of the events of 1915. Together they journeyed back to the past.

I was never interested in pursuing work on the Armenian genocide. When I started this project, it was still just a vague historical narrative. I knew that, in 1915, the Ottomans initiated a policy of deportation and mass murder to destroy their Armenian population. And that, by the First World War’s end, more than a million people were eliminated from what is now modern-day Turkey. But I had no idea of the personal toll the genocide exacted on my own family, or the sense of connection I would slowly come to feel through making this piece.

I am Armenian, but I was born in Moscow and raised in America. For most of my life, I struggled with my Armenian identity, partly because of the history one inherits. It is something I understood but never fully embraced. Then a year ago, I happened to be in Armenia when a foundation approached me, requesting help in finding the remaining genocide survivors. I pursued voter registrations online to see who was born before 1915, and then traveled cross-country to find them. That’s how I met Movses and Yepraksia — who lived past their hundredth year.

When I met them, they shared with me memories of their early homes. Movses was born in the village of Kebusie in Musa Dagh Mountain not far from the Syrian border. Yepraksia lived in a small village near Kars on the Armenian border. They hadn’t seen their home since escaping a century ago. I wanted in some way reunite each of the survivors with their homeland. I decided to travel back Turkey to re-trace their last memories.

When I told the survivors I would be visiting their native land, each one asked me to fulfill a wish. Movses, from Musa Dagh, drew a map of his village, and asked me to find his church and leave his portrait on the footsteps of what are now ruins. He hadn’t seen his home in 98 years. In his village, I found everything he had described to me: the sheep, the fruit he remembered eating, and the sea. I even found the ruins of what was once his church. Yepraksia, from a small village in Kars, asked me to help her find her older brother who she separated from after 1915.

Once I returned to Armenia, I created billboard-sized images of the survivors’ homelands as a way of bridging the past and present. All these years later, upon delivering the image, the survivors grabbed on, as if by holding the image close they would be taken back to a place they called home many years ago. This is a story of home — everything they had, everything they lost. And what they have found again.


Assistant Producer: Vahe Hakobyan
Sound Recordist: Harutyun Mangasaryan
Field Producer: Arevik Avanesyan
Colourist: Boyd Nagle
Video Editor: Andy Kemp

Filmed, Produced and Directed by Diana Markosian

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