Yukhari Garachiman

Yukhari Garachiman was a village in the territory of the Zangezur uezd of the former Yelizavetpol (Ganja) governorate, later in the former Gafan district, and present-day Syunik province.

The village was inhabited by 237 Azerbaijanis in 1897 and 217 Azerbaijanis in 1922. The Azerbaijanis were attacked, massacred or expelled from the village by Armenian armed units in 1918. Only after the establishment of Soviet power in present-day Armenia, the Azerbaijanis managed to return to their village. The village was merged with the village of Ashaghi Garachiman and abolished after 1926.

The toponym was coined by combining the words “gara” meaning “big, spacious” in Old Turkic and the word “chiman” which is the dialectal variant of “chaman” meaning “the field covered with green grass”. “Yukhari” is a distinctive feature.