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Armenian names in Czarist Russia

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    Re: Armenian names in Czarist Russia

    Originally posted by Artashes View Post
    My grandfathers name on his military certificate and death certificate is Hamparian,but when I was a child he once told me his name was Hamparsunian? I think he was telling me something. Does anyone know what this means?
    Thanks from Artashes
    Must of had a senior moment when I asked above question to strangers without asking family first. My grandfather was born Hamparsunian or Hamparsumian in the old country but changed it to Hamparian in America to ease pronunciation . Still have some questions. Someone in this forum recommended a site to find out meanings of names. When I visited the site all they had was that all Armenian last names meant (son of this person, son of that person).
    But when I was young I was told Hamparian meant(worker of gold or metal and Kaitangian meant worker of string or rope/twine/thread. Can anyone verify this expand.
    Also when I was young I went to UCLA Armenian section but was overwhelmed. I vaguely recall a book explaining that an Armenian name that had a (sunian or sumian)ending meant that at a certain time those people had left or moved from one place to another? Does anyone know any info on either of these points?
    Thanks from Artashes
    HARK

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    • #12
      Re: Armenian names in Czarist Russia

      Originally posted by Artashes View Post
      Must of had a senior moment when I asked above question to strangers without asking family first. My grandfather was born Hamparsunian or Hamparsumian in the old country but changed it to Hamparian in America to ease pronunciation . Still have some questions. Someone in this forum recommended a site to find out meanings of names. When I visited the site all they had was that all Armenian last names meant (son of this person, son of that person).
      But when I was young I was told Hamparian meant(worker of gold or metal and Kaitangian meant worker of string or rope/twine/thread. Can anyone verify this expand.
      Also when I was young I went to UCLA Armenian section but was overwhelmed. I vaguely recall a book explaining that an Armenian name that had a (sunian or sumian)ending meant that at a certain time those people had left or moved from one place to another? Does anyone know any info on either of these points?
      Thanks from Artashes
      Most Armenian surnames have some sort of meaning in Ottoman Turkish (mostly to do with professions or physical characteristics). There is a man named Armen Aroyan who knows what a lot of them mean. Google him. Ottoman Turkish is very different from modern Turkish so in most cases there is no point in looking names up in a Turkish dictionary.
      Last edited by bell-the-cat; 03-31-2012, 07:08 PM.
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      • #13
        Re: Armenian names in Czarist Russia

        Originally posted by bell-the-cat View Post
        Most Armenian surnames have some sort of meaning in Ottoman Turkish (mostly to do with professions or physical characteristics). There is a man named Armen Aroyan who knows what a lot of them mean. Google him. Ottoman Turkish is very different from modern Turkish so in most cases there is no point in looking names up in a Turkish dictionary.
        Thanks for the info(2nd time). If the Armen you spoke of is a real estate agent in s.California then I'm waiting for a reply. Was the Armen you spoke of a real estate agent? Thank you again Artashes
        HARK

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        • #14
          Re: Armenian names in Czarist Russia

          Originally posted by Artashes View Post
          Thanks for the info(2nd time). If the Armen you spoke of is a real estate agent in s.California then I'm waiting for a reply. Was the Armen you spoke of a real estate agent? Thank you again Artashes
          Ok,wasn't the real estate guy so maybe it's the Armen that gives tours in the Homeland.
          Thanks for the bird dog.
          Artashes
          HARK

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