RegExLib.com - The first Regular Expression Library on the Web!

Please support RegExLib Sponsors

Sponsors

Regular Expression Details

Title Test Find Armenian Last Name
Expression
~[A-Z][a-z]+(b|ch|d|g|j|k|l|m|n|p|r|s|t|v|z)(ian)$
Description
From experience and what I've been told, last names ending in -ian are most likely of Armenian origin. There could be some other foreign names that pass this pattern. Also, not every Armenian has a last name that ends in -ian. -ian is just common enough to stereotype.
Matches
Topalian, Minasian, Hagopian, Khachaturian, Marderosian
Non-Matches
Mendeleav, Centurion, Miriam
Author Rating: Not yet rated. Mickael Caruso
Source
Your Rating
Bad Good

Enter New Comment

Title
 
Name
 
Comment
 
Spammers suck - we apologize. Please enter the text shown below to enable your comment (not case sensitive - try as many times as you need to if the first ones are too hard):

Existing User Comments

Title: Armenian Last Names
Name: Armen Jamkotchian
Date: 10/24/2007 5:01:30 AM
Comment:
Common Armenian last names may also end in "yan". However it is true that some other nations have similar endings. For example French (D'Artanian), or Persian (Enchayan). The main distinction is the part of the last name prior to the ending. It either denotes a name (first name) or an occupation. Typically Armenians from Western Armenia (historically occupied by Turkey) denote an occupation, whereas the eastern Armenian names (Armenians living in Armenia and countries like Russia, Geogia, Iran, etc.) denote a first name. For example my last name is Jamkotchian (Zhamkotchian is sounds closer to the original) means church bell ringer. (My father was deported from Western Armenia in Turkey during the Armenian Genocide.) A typical eastern last name would be Aramian, where Aram is a common first name. It is also true that there are last names that do not fall into this pattern. Typical examples are Shoghunts, Yavrunts, Slkuni, Heruni.


Copyright © 2001-2018, RegexAdvice.com | ASP.NET Tutorials