List of Armenian Americans

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This is a list of notable Armenian-Americans, including both original immigrants who obtained American citizenship and their American descendants.

Armenian Americans are people born, raised, or who reside in the United States, with origins in the area known as Armenia, which ranges from the Caucasian mountain range to the Armenian plateau. There has been sporadic emigration from Armenia to the U.S. since the late 19th century, with the biggest influx coming after the Armenian Genocide of the early 20th century. The largest community is based in Los Angeles, however other sizeable communities exist in Boston, Detroit and the New York metropolitan area.

Statistics from the United States 2000 Census, 385,488 Americans indicated either full or partial Armenian ancestry.[1]





Arshile Gorky




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Ernest H. Dervishian, United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in World War II


System of a Down






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  1. ^ U.S census Bureau
  2. ^ Daron Acemoglu: A Turk of Armenian descent Archived February 11, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ [1] "I'm Armenian... So truthfully I'm only half Armenian but it's the half I was raised in." [2] "Half French-Canadian and half Armenian, she grew up in California during the 1950s." [3] "Almost every family has suffered persecution at some time. My family's Armenian, we were the first genocide of the [last] century -- even before Hitler..." [4] "The book begins with her as a child, half Armenian..."
  4. ^ [5] "at home being Armenian was a badge of honor, instilled in the younger generation at large extended family gatherings."
  5. ^ [6] "Connors, an Armenian-American born Krekor Ohanian in Fresno, California"
  6. ^ [7] "Born Arlene Francis Kazanjian on October 20, 1907, in Boston, Massachusetts... Her father was an Armenian immigrant, a refugee from the Turkish massacres of 1905-06, who became a successful painter and photographer, and her mother was the daughter of actor Alfred Davis, who instilled in the young Arlene a love of performing that came to shape her entire life."
  7. ^ [8] "Illusion has thrust into the spotlight a new and fresh Armenian-American talent, Michael Goorjian"
  8. ^ [9] "Haig has been a performer for as long as he can remember. Born in 1939 in the heart of Fresno's Armenian community (his birth name is Sid Mosesian; Haig is his father's first name), he was taking dance classes at age 7."
  9. ^ [10] "was born in Portland, Maine on January 15, 1947 of Armenian heritage. Her grandfather, whose last name was Papazian, emigrated from Ottoman Turkey in the early 20th century, changing his name to Martin when he settled in Maine."
  10. ^ [11] "Although we think of him in roles as Spanish or Hispanic, he was actually an Armenian. Short and stocky with dark hair, thick eyebrows over intense eyes, often with a black mustache, he was cast in a variety of ethnic roles as both hero and heavy."
  11. ^ Howard Kazanjian
  12. ^ "The son of Armenian parents"
  13. ^"Zaillian, whose background is Armenian, lives in Los Angeles..."
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  15. ^ The Fifty Families (Part 1) - Boston Magazine
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  18. ^ [12] "Tatev Abrahamyan (born January 13, 1988) Armenia (citizen of United States of America)"
  19. ^ Washington Post: Fiery Player, Simmering Conscience