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The following romanization/transliteration table was used to create the English version of place names in the FamilySearch Catalog based on their Armenian names -- ALA-LC Romanization Table for Armenian

Note: English place names referring to Armenian cities during the Russian Empire time-period were typically created based on the Russian version of the name. See the ALA-LC Romanization table for Russian.

Armenia / Հայաստան (1991-current)[edit | edit source]

As of 1995 Armenia has been split between ten provinces and the city of Yerevan.

Each province (Մարզ) contains municipalities which in turn contains several towns or villages. Click on the links below, then open "places within" to see towns within each province in the Family History Library Catalog.


Armenian provinces (as of 1995)
English Armenian notes
Aragatsotn Արագածոտն created from the districts of Ashtarak, Aparan, Aragats and Tʹalin
Ararat Արարատ created from the districts of Ararat, Artashat, and Masis
Armavir Արմավիր created from the districts of Armavir (previously called Hoktemberyan), Baghramyan, and Ējmiatsin
Gegharkʹunikʹ Գեղարքունիք created from the districts of Kamo, Krasnoselsk, Martuni, Sevan, and Vardenis
Kotaykʹ Կոտայք created from the districts of Kotaykʹ, Hrazdan, and Nairi
Loṛi Լոռի created from the districts of Gugarikʹ, Tʹumanyan, Spitak, Stepʹanavan, and Tashir (previously called Kalinino)
Shirak Շիրակ created from the districts of Akhuryan, Amasia, Ani, Ashotsk (previously called Ghukasyan), and Artʹik
Syunikʹ Սյունիք created from the districts of Goris, Ghapʹan, Meghri, and Sisian
Tavush Տավուշ created from the districts of Ijevan, Noyemberyan, and Shamshadin
Vayotsʹ Dzor Վայոց Ձոր created from the districts of Yeghegnadzor and Vayk (previously called Azizbekov)


The law on the Administrative-Territorial Division of the Republic of Armenia put in place in 1995 has been amended several times since it was enacted. The law and its subsequent amendments can be viewed here.

Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic / Հայկական Սովետական Սոցիալիստական Հանրապետություն (1920-1991)[edit | edit source]

Place names and boundaries changed dramatically during the Soviet era.

For a full list of place name changes as of 1988, see FHL book 947.56 E3h 1988 Հայկական ՍՍՀ Վարչա-Տերիտորիալ Բաժանումը / Армянская ССР Административно-Территориальное Деление (Territorial divisions of the Armenian SSR)

For more information about the policies and types of place name changes that occurred, see the following article: The Alteration of Place Names and Construction of National Identity in Soviet Armenia

Click on the links below, then open "places within" to see towns within each province in the Family History Library Catalog.


Soviet era provinces (as of 1988)
English Armenian Notes
Abovyan Աբովյան created 9 September 1930, called Kotaykʹ (Կոտայք) until 1961
Akhuryan Ախուրյան created 31 December 1937, called Duzkʹend (Դուզքենդ) until 1945
Amasia Ամասիա created 9 September 1930
Ani Անի created 31 December 1937, called Aghin (Աղին) until 1961
Aparan Ապարան created 9 September 1930
Aragats Արագած created 15 March 1972
Ararat Արարատ created 9 September 1930, called Vedi (Վեդի) until 1968
Artashat Արտաշատ created 9 September 1930
Artʹik Արթիկ created 9 September 1930
Ashtarak Աշտարակ created 9 September 1930
Azizbekov Ազիզբեկով created 15 October 1931, *called Vayk from 1990-1995
Baghramyan Բաղրամյան created 6 March 1983
Ējmiatsin Էջմիածին created 9 September 1930
Ghapʹan Ղափան created 9 September 1930
Ghukasyan Ղուկասյան created 31 December 1937, *called Ashotsk from 1990-1995
Goris Գորիս created 9 September 1930
Gugarikʹ Գուգարիք created 9 September 1930, called Gharakilisa (Ղարաքիլիսա) until 1935, Kirovakan (Կիրովական) from 1935-1964
Hrazdan Հրազդան created 9 September 1930
Hoktemberyan Հոկտեմբերյան created 9 September 1930
Ijevan Իջևան created 9 September 1930
Kamo Կամո created 9 September 1930
Kalinino Կալինինո created 31 December 1937, *called Tashir from 1991-1995
Krasnoselsk Կրասնոսելսկ created 31 December 1937
Martuni Մարտունի created 9 September 1930
Masis Մասիս created 14 January 1969
Meghri Մեղրի created 9 September 1930
Nairi Նաիրի created 15 March 1972
Noyemberyan Նոյեմբերյան created 31 December 1937
Shamshadin Շամշադին created 9 September 1930
Sevan Սևան created 31 December 1937
Sisian Սիսիան created 9 September 1930
Spitak Սպիտակ created 31 December 1937, called Hamamlu (Համամլու) until 1949
Stepʹanavan Ստեփանավան created 9 September 1930
Tʹalin Թալին created 9 September 1930
Tʹumanyan Թումանյան created 9 September 1930
Vardenis Վարդենիս created 9 September 1930, called Basargechar (Բասարգեչար) until 1969
Yeghegnadzor Եղեգնաձոր created 15 October 1931

Armenia within the Russian Empire (1813-1917)[edit | edit source]

Each province (губерния) contained several districts. Each district (уeзд) then contained towns and villages.

The bulk of what is now Armenia was part of the Russian Empire province of Ėrivan. [The district of Surmali is now part of Turkey. Nakhichevan and part of the Sharur-Daralagez districts are now part of Azerbaijan.] Ėrivan province was created in 1850 and was split into the following seven districts (as of 1872): Click on the links below, then open "places within" to see towns within each district in the Family History Library Catalog.


Ėrivan province
English Russian Armenian
Aleksandrapolʹ Александраполь Ալեքսանդրապոլ
Ėchmiadzin Эчмиадзин Էջմիածին
Ėrivan Эриван Երևան
Nakhichevan Нахичеван
Novobayazet Новобаязет Նոր Բայազետ
Sharur-Daralagyoz Шаруро-Даралагез
Surmali/Surmalu Сурмали Սուրմալու


Southern parts of Tiflis province and western areas of Elisavetpolʹ province are also included within the borders of modern Armenia.