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Hovhannisyan or Hovannisyan (Armenian: Հովհաննիսյան [hɔvhɑnnisˈjɑn]) is an Armenian surname meaning "son of Hovhannes", the Armenian equivalent of John, thus making it equivalent to Johnson. It is the most common surname in Armenia.

MeaningSon of Hovhannes
Region of originArmenia
Other names
Variant form(s)Hovhannes, Hovhannisian, Hovhannesian, Hovannesian, Oganessian

Variants of the name in Armenian and Western Armenian include Hovhannesian, Hovannesian, Hovannisian, Hovhannisian and Oganessian.

Notable people with the surname include:





Real names

  • Grigor Ter-Hovhannisian (1854–1908), real name of Armenian writer known by the pseudonym Muratsan
  • Michael Hovhannisyan (1867–1933), Armenian writer known by the pseudonym Nar-Dos
  • Nikoghayos Ter-Hovhannisyan (1867–1914), Armenian fedayee from Karabakh known by his pseudonym Nikol Duman
  • Sargis Hovhannisian (1879–1919), Armenian revolutionary, statesman, and a leading member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) party. He is widely regarded as the founder of the First Republic of Armenia
  • Zabel Hovhannessian, birth name of Ottoman Armenian writer Zabel Yesayan
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