Horbadigh is a village in the Sharur-Daralayaz uezd of the former Iravan governorate, in the former Keshishkend (Yehgegnadzor) district, and currently in the Vayots Dzor province. The provincial centre is located 20 km to the north of the town of Keshishkend, near the Erdapin village, at a height of 1,880 m above sea level. Armenian authors mentioned the name of the village as “Khorvadegh” in their works.

The village was solely inhabited by Azerbaijanis: 35 in 1831, 263 in 1873, 342 in 1886, 406 in 1897, 592 in 1904, 651 in 1914 and 503 Azerbaijanis in 1916. In 1918 the village was invaded by Armenian armed forces, the Azerbaijanis, the main inhabitants of the village, were deported, and the Armenians removed from abroad were settled there. The survivors managed to return to their homeland following the establishment of Soviet power in present-day Armenia. Along with the Armenians, the village was inhabited by 38 Azerbaijanis in 1922, 65 in 1926 and 100 Azerbaijanis in 1931. According to the decision of the USSR Council of Ministers “On the resettlement of collective farmers and other Azerbaijani population from the Armenian SSR to the Kur-Araz lowland of the Azerbaijan SSR” dated 23 December 1947, the inhabitants of the village were forcibly relocated in Azerbaijan. At present, Armenians live there.

The name of the village was coined by combining the Turkic word “or” meaning “a groove, trench, ravine” and the Persian word “degh” meaning “a village, winter camp”. The word “or” (hor) meaning “a groove, trench, ravine” in Turkish, is used as “khor”, “khorf” in Armenian. The consonant “h” at the beginning of the toponym is an added sound. The “ba” between the words “or” (hor) and “degh” is a buffer.

At present, the name of the settlement is written as “Horbategh” in official documents in Armenian. According to the law “On the administrative-territorial division of the Republic of Armenia” dated 7 November 1995, it was integrated into the administrative territory of the Vayots Dzor province.

Geographical coordinates: latitude:      39°53’ N., longitude: 45°20’ E.