Gender: Masculine
Origin: Armenian
Meaning: “Armenian.”

Currently the 3rd most popular male name in Armenia (2008), the name is borne in Armenian legend by the founder and patriarch of the Armenian nation.

The name is derived from the nominative plural classical Armenian word, հայ, (hay), meaning, “Armenian.”

The name is borne in Armenian legend by Haik, (or Hayk), son of Moses, a Babylonian prince who fled his homeland along with his royal entourage to what is now Armenia to escape the harsh rule of Bel.

Years later, Haik decides to rebel against the wicked Bel, and he and his warriors defeat him, establishing a kingdom which they called Haykashen.