Usage Armenian, Belarusian, English, Indonesian, Italian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Malay, Mongolian, Russian, Filipino, Tagalog, Tajik, Uzbek
Scripts Երևան(Armenian) Ерэван(Belarusian) Ереван(Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Mongolian Cyrillic, Russian, Tajik, Uzbek Cyrillic) ەرەۆان(Kazakh Arabic)
Pronounced Pron. yeh-reh-VAHN(Armenian) yeh-rə-VAHN(English) yeh-rə-VAN(English) yi-ryi-VAN(Russian) i-ryi-VAN(Russian) [key·IPA]
Other Forms FormsErevan (Armenian, Belarusian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Mongolian, Russian, Tajik)
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Meaning & History
Meaning unknown. It may be from Yervand, the name of a 3rd-century BC Armenian king (also known as Orontes IV), or from Էրեբունի (Ērebuni), an ancient Urartian fortification and city. A popular folk etymology suggests that it comes from Armenian Երեւաց (yerevatsʿ) meaning "(it) appeared", supposedly exclaimed by the biblical Noah after the Ark landed on Mount Ararat. This is the name of the capital city of Armenia.