Kichik Ayrim

Kichik Ayrim or Bala Ayrim is a village in the Borchali uezd of the former Tiflis governorate, in the former  Allahverdi  (Tumanyan)  district, and currently in the Lori province. The provincial centre lies 4 km to the southwest of the town of Boyuk Garakilsa (Vanadzor), on the left bank of the Borchali (Debet) River, at a height of 700 m above sea level.

The village was inhabited by Azerbaijanis: 88 in 1926, 154 in 1931, 207 in 1939, 233 in 1959, 420 in 1970 and 388 in 1979. In 1988, the Azerbaijanis were expelled from their historical and ethnic lands by the Armenian government. Currently, the village is solely inhabited by Armenians.

The toponym was coined on the basis of the word “kichik” (small), which implies a distinctive feature in Azerbaijani toponymy and the name of the Ayrim Turkic tribe. The Ayrim are the successors of the Eymurs, one of the Oghuz tribes.

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 Lori province. Geographical coordinates: latitude: 41°10’ N., longitude: 44°49’ E.