Dictionary of Armenian Surnames C
CAFESJIan See KAFESJIan
CAKERDASHian See CHAKURDASHian
CALian See KALYANian.
CALOOSian: See KALOUSDian.
CALOUSTian: See KALOUSDian
CALUSDian. See KALOUSDian.
CANKOSian (T) See JINGOZian, KUNKOUSHian
CANKULian See CHANKALian.
CANTZian See KANTSIan
CAPAMAGIan See KAPAMAJIan
CAPAMAJIan See KAPAMAJIan
CAPAN See CHAPANian.
CAPRIELian. See KAPRIELian.
CAPTANian See KAPTANian.
CARABELAyan See KARABELAyan.
CARABETian. See GARABEDian.
CARAMANian See KAHRAMANian.
CARAPETian See GARABEDian.
CARAPIET See GARABEDian.
CARDASHian See KARDASHian.
CASABian See KASABian.
CASARJIian See KASARJIan, KASSARJIan.
CASPARian See KASBARian.
CASSABian See KASABian.
CATCHATOOR See KHACHADOURian
CATCHATOURian See KHACHADOURian
CATCHICK See KHACHADOURian
CATCHOUNY See KACHOUNI.
CAVOUKian See KAVOUKJIan.
CAZANJIian See KAZANJIan.
CEHRECIian See JEREJIian
CERAKian See JRAK ian
CHABUKian (T) Prompt, quick, swift, fast, soon.
CHADERCHIian See CHADRJIan
CHADERJIian See CHADRJIan
CHADIRGIian See CHADRJIan
CHADIRJIian See CHADRJIan
CHADRian See CHADRJIan
CHADRJIan (T) Tent-maker
CHADURJIian See CHADRJIan
CHAGACHBANian See CHAGHATSBANian
CHAGHATSBANian (A) Miller Also CHRAGHATSBANian
CHAGHATZBANian See CHAGHATSBANian
CHAGHLASian (T) My green almond.
CHAGLASian See CHAGHLASian.
CHAGLASSian See CHAGHLASian.
CHAGOyan Dim. of CHAGHLASian.
CHAHAGian (P) Torch-bearer.
CHAHARMAHALian (P) Native of four localities, places, districts.
CHAHINian See SHAHINian.
CHAHNOURian See SHANOURian.
CHAKALIan (T) Native of village of Chaka,
CHAKALOZian See CHAKALUZian.
CHAKALUZian ( ) Native of CHAKALUZ district in Gesaria, Historic Armenia.
CHAKARian (P) Servant
CHAKARDJIian See SHAKARJIan.
CHAKCHIan (T) Extremely poor ?
CHAKEJIian See CHEKIJIan, CHAKOUJIan,
CHAKERian See CHAKURJIan, CHAKARian.
CHAKERDJIian See CHAKURJIan
CHAKIJIan See CHAKOUJIan, CHEKIJIan.
CHAKIRian See CHAKURJIan
CHAKJIan See CHEKIJIan
CHAKMAKian (T) See CHAKMAKJIan
CHAKMAKJIan (T) Gunsmith. Striker. Dealer in cigarette lighters.
In interviews on KPF series ‘Ode to Gravity’ Charles Amirkhanian questioned
[Alan] Hovhaness about his Armenian ancestry. Hovhaness, in this interview,
eplains that the name ‘Chakmakjian’ was Armenian for gunsmith, and that
presumably one of his ancestors occupied that profession. Hovhaness explains
dropping this name because of his dedication to pacifism; he says he later
regretted not keeping the name –as Hovhaness was not as recognizably
Amenian.” (From Wikipedia)
First, only the suffix “ian” is Armenian, the stem Chakmakji being Turkish.
Second, gunsmith in Turkish is generally given as silahji or tufekji, although a
case can be made for applying chakmakji to guns. Chakmak, in Turkish, can be
defined as steel for striking on a flint; flint and steel; trigger; flintlock of a gun;
pocket lighter. With the changing of the times, most modern dictionaries define
chakmakji as a dealer in cigarette lighters.
CHAKMAKLIian (T) Equipped with a trigger.
CHAKOUJIan (T) Pocket knife maker/seller
CHAKOyan Dim. of numerous names that begin with CHAK.
CHAKRian See CHAKURJIan, CHAKARian.
CHAKUCHian See CHAKOUJIan
CHAKUJIan See CHAKOUJIan
CHAKURJIan (T) Wine merchant; innkeeper; falconer
CHAKURDASHian (T) Drinking companion.
CHALABian (T?) Honorable Christian name ?
CHALDRANian (T) Repairer of a clock or watch chime or workings of a musical
CHALEKian (T) jarbig, arakasharzh, khendouk, hamardzag
CHALEMian See CHALUMian.
CHALGHIJIan (T) Musician.
CHALIJIan (T) Twig and branch collector for firewood.
CHALIKian See CHALEKian
CHALIKJIian See CHALEKian
CHALUMian (T) Haughty; arrogant; pompous; ostentatious; self-centered; big talker.
CHAMICHian (A) Raisin grower/seller/
CHAMLIian See SHAMLIan.
CHANAKJIan (T) Potter. See CHOMLEKCHIan.
CHANCHAPANyan (A) One who keeps bees, from Armenian "chanch", sometimes meaning bee and "pahel" meaning to keep
CHANian (T) Dealer in large bells.
CHANJIian (T) Bellringer, bell founder, sexton
CHANTAJIian (T) Maker/seller of bags, cases, valises, knapsacks.
CHANTAyan (T) Bag, case, valise, knapsack
CHANTIGian (A) Dim. of SHANTian.
CHANTIKian Dim. of SHANTian.
CHAPian See SHAPian.
CHAPAJIian (T) Hoer (Actual name?)
CHAPAKCHOURian See JABAGHCHOURian
CHAPANian (P) Courier, one who gallops. See CHAPARian.
CHAPARian (P) Courier, one who gallops. However, when questioned about his family
name, Appo Jabarian, publisher of USA Armenian Life, provided the following
“The authentic pronunciation of Jabarian in Armenian is Tchaparian (in France)
or Chaparian (in USA and other English-speaking countries) or Jabarian (in
Middle East -- Arabic does not have a single letter with the pronunciation of
"tche" or "ch" the substitute for "Tch" or "ch" if "j").
Definition:"Chap" in Armenian is measure (in measurement). There are two root
words in Armenian that may sound the same "ar" but they are distinct, and
completely unrelated words. The first "ar" is written with the letter "reh" (strong
rr), and it means to take or take; the second "ar" is the root word for the verb
"ararel" (to create). My last name is written with the latter. An example: "Lous"
means light; "ararel" (to create); "ararian" somebody that creates light, hence the
last name Loussararian. "Tchap" measurement "ararian" somebody who creates
for construction purposes = Tchapararian = abbreviated = Tchaparian = Chaparian =
Jabarian. My Tchaparian=Jabarian grandfather was active in construction (like many
There is a village in the Republic of Artsakh called “Chapar" And there are
thousands of Armenians with the last names Tchaparian, Chaparian, Jabarian and
lately I found out Tsaparian. They hail from such diverse geographic areas as
Artsakh, Eastern Armenia, and many localities in Western Armenia such as
Aintab, Kilis, Musa Ler,and Sis, the capital of Cilicia. My paternal and maternal
orphaned grandparents come from Sis.
To their credit, all the Tchaparians have maintained their purely Armenian-
sounding last name without Turkifying, Russifying or Anglicizing them.”
CHAPOOTian See CHAPOUTian.
CHAPOUTian (T) Rag collector?
CHAPRAZian (T) Fabricator of or dealer in waistcoats, or double-breasted (coats).
CHAPUTian See CHAPOUTian.
CHARASHAFian See CHARSHAFian
CHARCHian See CHERCHIan
CHARCHJIan See CHERCHIan
CHARKCHIian See CHARKJIan
CHARKEZian See CHERKEZian
CHARSHAFian Sheet, bedsheet.
CHARUKJIian (T) Maker or seller of sandals
CHATALBASHian (T) Someone with the brains of two heads.
CHATALian (T) Dealer in forks.
CHATEJIan (T), Roofer, gable-maker
CHATER (A) Truncation of Astwachatoor, from ASDVADZADOURian.
British businessman of Armenian descent in colonial Hong Kong
Sir Catchick Paul Chater CMG was a prominent British-Indian businessman of Armenian
descent in colonial Hong Kong, whose family roots were in Calcutta. See documentary
CHATLIan ( ) Native of Chat, village of Gesaria, Historic Armenia
CHATMAJIian (T), Roofer, gable-maker
CHATSCHATURian See KHACHADOURian.
CHAVOOSHian See CHAVOUSHian
CHAVOUSHian (T) Sergeant, petty officer, guard, doorkeeper, messenger, uniformed
attendant of an ambassador or consul.
CHAVRSHian See CHAVOUSHian
CHAVUSHian See CHAVOUSHian
CHBLAKHian See CHUPLAKian.
CHEBLAKian See CHUPLAKian.
CHEBOOKian See CHIBUKian
CHEBOOKJIian See CHIBUKian
CHEFTALIan See SHAFTALIan
CHEKCHENian (T) Locksmith’s or metal smith’s assistant.
CHEKEMian (T) Unable to tolerate; envy (?)
CHEKENian (T) Puller. dentist.
CHEKERDEMian (T) Puller, dentist.
CHEKICHIan (T) Maker or seller of hammers. See GRANian. Also see
CHEKICHJIan See CHEKICHIan
CHEKIDJIian See CHEKIJIan
CHEKIJIan (T) A weighmaster. [cheki:a large primitive balance with a weight
of 250 kilos(500 lbs.) for measuring firewood (a horseload)]
CHEKJENian See CHEKCHENian
CHEKMEKian = Suffer Chekmek = to draw CHEKMEK Haul,lug.
CHELBian See CHELEBIan
CHELEBIan (T) Educated man, well-mannered, courteous; title given to men of certain
religious orders; formerly the title of a royal prince.
CHELEMian See CHALUMian.
CHELIKian (T) Steel.
CHEMBERDJIan See CHEMBERJIan.
CHEMBERJIan (T/P) Maker/seller of hoops, rings of wood or metal.
CHENGELian ( ) Hook.
CHENGRian (T) Tinkle, small bell
CHEOMLEKian See CHEOMLEKCHIan.
CHEOMLEKCHIan (T) Potter.
CHEOPJIan See CHEOPCHIan.
CHEOPCHIan (T) Dustman, street sweeper, scavenger.
CHEOREKJIian T Round cake or loaf; biscuit; pastry-ma
CHEPLAKian See CHUPLAKian..
CHERCHian (T) Peddler, itinerant merchant.
CHEREKDJIan See CHEREKJIan
CHEREKEZian See CHERKEZian
CHEREKJIian See CHURUKian
CHEREZian See CHERKEZian
CHERISHian (T) Cheri = Soldier, troop? Military force
CHERKERZian See CHERKEZian
CHERKEZian (P) Circassian
CHERKOian Dim.of CHERKEZian
CHERTAVian (T) Boaster, braggart.
CHERTAFian See CHERTAVian.
CHETEyan (T) Band (of brigands, rebels, etc.)
CHETEJIan (T) Member of a chete; comitadji.
CHETERian Var. of CHETEyan.
CHETEYian Var. of CHETEyan.
CHETIJIian Var. of CHETEJIan.
CHETJIan Var. of CHETEJIan.
CHIBOOKian See CHIBUKian
CHIBOUKian See CHIBUKian
CHIBUKian (Ab) Tobacco pipe or galyun maker or seller.
CHIBUKHCHiian See CHIBUKian
CHIBUKJIian (Ab) See CHIBUKian
CHIBUQian (Ab) See CHIBUKian
CHICHMANian See SHISHMANian.
CHIFTEyan (T) Twin, pair; one of a pair of twin children.
CHIFTJIan (T) Agriculturist, farmer, ploughman, farm laborer, ranchman
CHIKNAVORian See JUKNAVORian.
CHILINGARian (T) See CHILINGIRian
CHILINGERian (T) See CHILINGIRian
CHILINGIRian (T) Locksmith
CHINARian (T) Plane tree
CHINCHINian (T) Var. of Shunshun: Imitates the noise of tinkling glass or thin metal
CHIMCHIRian (T) Var. of Shimshirian: Sword
CHIRAKian See CHURAKian.
CHIRISHian T Shoemaker's and bookbinder's paste.
CHIRKINian (T) Ugly, unbecoming, shameful, disgusting.
CHITCHIan See CHITJIan
CHITJIan (T) Dealer in chintz/calico.
CHIVANian (A) Maker/seller of string, twine, cord.
CHIVIJIan (T) Maker/seller of carpenter’s nails.
CHIVITJIian (T) Bluing agent maker/vendor.
CHIZMEDARian (T) Owner or worker of a top boot/Wellington factory.
CHIZMEJIian (T) Maker/seller of top boots/Wellingtons.
CHKIKJIan (T) Bone adjuster. ?
CHOBANian (T) Shepherd, rustic, boor
CHOBOyan (T) Dim. of CHOBANian.
CHOGHANJIan (T) Supplier of equipment for the sport of polo. Choghani is a variant of
choven, in turn a variant of chevgen.: polo; polo stick.
CHOLACKian See CHOLAKian
CHOLAGHian See CHOULHAGian
CHOLAKian (T) Crippled, paralyzed; with one arm, hand, or leg missing.
CHOLOHian See CHOLAKian
CHOLOKian See CHOLAKian
CHOLOyan Dim. of CHOLAKian.
CHOMLEKCHIan (T) Potter.
CHOMOyan Dim. of CHOMAKian, CHOMLEKCHIan
CHOOHASZian See CHOUKHASOUZian
CHOOKASian See CHOUKHASOUZian
CHOOKASEZian See CHOUKHASOUZian
CHOOKASIZian See CHOUKHASOUZian
CHOOKASUZian See CHOUKHASOUZian
CHOOKASZian See CHOUKHASOUZian
CHOOKAZian See CHOUKHASOUZian
CHOOKHACHIian See CHKHAJIian
CHOOKHASUZian See CHOUKHASOUZian
CHOOLAGian See CHOULHAGian
CHOOLGIan See CHOULJIian
CHOOLIJIan See CHOULJIian
CHOOLJIan See CHOULJIian.
CHOPJIian See CHEOPCHIan.
CHOPOORian See CHOPOURian
CHOPOURian (T) Pock-marked.
CHOPURian See CHOPOURian
CHORBACHIian See CHORBAJIan
CHORBADJIian See CHORBAJIan
(1) Soup maker or seller; the leader of a group who ladles and distributes
the food to his subordinates.
(2) Christian notable; used as an honorific title for Christians when
addressed by Muslims.
(3) Official entertainer of guests in a village.
Prof. Levon Chorbajian, University of Massachusetts, and his cousin, Joyce
Chorbajian, of Manhattan have the following to say about their family name:
Joyce's father, Joseph Chorbajian (1900-1991) was interviewed in Paren
Kazanjian's book The Cilician Armenian Ordeal. He provides the following
information on the family surname:
"We were formerly called Lussignan (Loussinian). My great grandfather, Devlet
Effendi, was one of the most prominent and respected Armenians in the Ottoman
Empire and a member of the Ottoman Turkish Parliament, representing the
Marash Sanjak. (Ed. Note: Devlet, a Turkish word derived from Arabic devlat,
meaning wealth, power, dominion, was a distinguished title formerly given to
certain high officials.) Thereafter, in the early 19th century, the family name
Prof. Chorbajian and his cousin, Joyce, provide this additional information.
Devlet Effendi used part of his wealth to feed soup to the poor. Because soup in
Turkish is chorba, he came to be known as Chorbasi--source or provider of the
soup. At some point later in the 19th century there was pressure on Armenians to
Turkify their names. Both sides of the family are from Marash, which is in south
central Asia Minor and not in the traditional Armenian highlands. The Armenians
were a smaller group there and came under pressure to change their names, for
It is likely that no Turkish official would accept such an honorific as Devlet as an
Armenian name, and rejected it.Thus Chorbasi became Chorbaji, and
subsequently, Chorbajian. Levon and Joyce say that if their name were
Armenianized they would be known as Abourians. "But we seem to like our
name and no one, as far as we know, has seen fit to change it."
CHOREKJIan (T) Baker of ring-shaped shortbread.
CHORLIian (T) Native of Chor, a city near Rodosto, Historic Armenia..
CHORLUyan See CHORLIan
CHORTANian 1.(A) Ma ker of stewed rice, dried curds for winter use.
2 (A) . Chrortan) Maker of gutters, draught tubes or boxes, for discharge of water
or other liquids.
CHOUBOUKJIian (T) Maker/seller of wands, staffs, rods, spars.
CHOUGOURJIan (T) Lute player.
CHOUKHACHIian See CHOUKHAJIian
CHOUKHAJIan (T) Maker/seller of woolens or broadcloth; dealer in dry goods, draper.
A bearer of the name is the renowned Armenian composer, Dikran Chukhajian
(Turkish Tchouhadjian), 1837-98, founder of the first opera institution in the
Ottoman Empire, and composer of the celebrated opera “Arshag II.” According to
Dr. Krikor Pidedjian, Armenian ethnomusicologist, Chukhajian was the composer
of the well known patriotic song “Zeitountsiner,” which is famously known the
world over as Procession of the Sardar from the Caucasian Sketches of the
Russian composer Ippolitov-Ivanov. This rousing melody (seee lyrics by H.
Zakerian at www.fedayi.com/zeitountsiner) deserves to be the national anthem of
Armenia. Its similarity to another of Chukhajian’s compositions, “Karoun,” may
be noted by logging on to www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xzxawmfluxo and fast
forwarding to the next to last selection.
CHOUKHASOUZian Without a winter overcoat. Levon Chookaszian is an Armenian art
historian and the UNESCO Chair of Armenian Art History He is als currently
the Head of Chair of History and Theory of Armenian Art at Yerevan State
University He states that the clan is from Sepastia; and that all the
Choukhasouzians are related, despite the differences in spelling. Included is Lily
Chookasian, Metropolitan Opera contralto.
Levon advised that the name began with an ancestor, in Sepastia, where he
bravely went out in winter without an overcoat.
CHOUKOURJIan (T) Ditch digger.
CHOULAGian See CHOULHAGian
CHOULAKian See CHOULHAGian
CHOULHAGian (A) Weaver.
CHOULian See CHOULJIian
CHOULJIian (T) Maker or seller of sackcloth, haircloth of horsecloth. Sackcloth is
woven of flax, hemp,etc. used for making sacks & bags; haircloth is woven from
horsehair or camel’s hair used mainly for covering furniture; horsecloth is a blanket-like
covering for a horse’s back and loins.
CHPLAKHian See CHUPLAKian
CHPLAKian See CHUPLAKian.
CHRAGHATSBANian See CHAGHATSBANian.
CHRAKian See CHURAKian.
CHUBLAKian See CHUPLAKian
CHUBOOKian See CHUBUKCHIian.
CHUBOUKJIan See CHUBUKCHIian.
CHUBUKian See CHUBUKCHIian
CHUBUKCHIian (T) Maker/seller of tobacco pipes.
CHUBUKJIian See CHUBUKCHIian
CHUHADARian (T) Lackey or footman; formerly, employed in the house of the great.
CHUHAJIian See CHOUKHAJIian
CHUKASZyan See CHKHASZian
CHUKHAJIian See CHOUKHAJIian
CHUKHASUZian See CHKHASZian
CHUKHian See CHOUKHAJIian
CHUKUKCHIan (T) Bone-setter.
CHULENGARian See CHILINGIRian
CHULKHADian (per Vahan) Diarbekr prelate burnt alive in 1914
CHULLAMAian (T) Food covered with dough and then baked.
CULMAian See CHULLAMAian
CHUNGURDAKian = (small) bell (T)
CHUPLAKian (T) Naked, poor, destitute.
CHURAKian (T) Apprentice; pupil, pensioner; formerly a person brought up as a servant
in a great house, and subsequently set up in life, usually by being married off.
CHURUKian (P/T)) Spinning wheel maker, (charkhah in P); (chukruk: in T)
CHURUKJIan See CHURUKian
CIAMICian See CHAMICHian
CILIRGIyan Var. of CHILINGIRian
CINAR See CHINARian.
CIVANian See CHIVANian, JIVANian.
CIVIyan See CIVIJIan.
CIVIJIan (T) Dealer in carpenter’s nails.
COUMROUian See KOUMROUyan.
CREETian See Gredatsian, Giridlian, Giritlian, Native of Island of Crete.
CHUHADARian (T) Lackey or footman formerly employed in the houses of the great.