Nicknames are very used in the nowadays independant Republic of Armenia, though.Some French Armenian might rememenber the story of 'Cheval Vartan' - named so as he owned a horse.Unfortunately, the period beginning near the end of the fifteenth century may rightly be called the darkest age of Armenian cultural life.
It is likely, or at least plausible, that all these villages are former Armenian Bardizags.
This could be explain by the fact that, either original Sebastia's Bardizagtsis have founded several Bardizag villages in the western territory of Asia Minor, or that Small Garden (i.e.
Bardizag was famous for its grapes and Serkefirs harvest.- Another custom worth mentioning in Bardizag - that is specific to a few other Armenian villages also - was for young men to go to escape military service (after 1907 constitution), avoid tax collections perceived by by the bey or any vendetta organised by the agha.
The outlaws were organised in small groups living in the surrounding forests of mount Minas and coming back regularly to their families in the village when deserted by Turkish gendarmerie.
'Bardizag') was a a common name for green areas at the outskirts of main cities.- Historical fact is that the Bythinian Bardizag by its fame has erased the trace of other Bardizags.
- The move of Armenian populations towards the West of Asia Minor described by the author has probably started even earlier than the 16th century.One might find strange the article is missing references to famous like: Hadji Artin, Dr.Garabed Hatcherian, Kurken Alemshah, Bedros Dourian, and Zabel Essayan.(New York), 1955.- The nickname was a stong tradition - to refer to individuals - not only in Bardizag but in all the Ottoman Empire.It originated most likely from a muslim, rather than Armenian, tradition.Curtis is currently based in Paris, France, while Gilles is based in Eastern Europe.