Alikend was a village in territory of the Novo-Bayazid uezd of the former Iravan governorate, later in the former Garanlig (Martuni) district, and present-day Gegharkunik province. This ancient Turkic land was noted as “the village of Bad Ali” in “The Iravan Province Review Book” compiled in 1728.

The Azerbaijanis were massacred, and left the village and the area was settled by Armenians during the Russo- Iranian war in 1826–1828. At present, the village is in ruins.

The toponym was coined by combining the personal name “Ali” and “kend”.