Origin of the name VARAK.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name VARAK.
name, probably from old Persian varāk, meaning "raven."
This is also the name of a mountain in Armenia.
... On one occasion I counted
over a thousand of these birds in a field near Lake Urumiah. So
far as my observations went, the raven appears to be more common in
northern Iran than it is in the south, but this fact may have been due
to migration at the time when I made my notes, or to some accidental
cause. The bird is large in size, with a glossy bill and sleek
wings. I wondered whether the martial bird vāreghna,
in the Avesta, a feather of whose wing was used by the warrior as an
amulet, might possibly be identified with the raven.1 1 Yt. 14. 19-22; 14. 35-40. I find that
this view has the support of the authority of Darab, as cited by Justi, Handbuch
der Zendsprache, s.v., and of Tir Andaz and Darmesteter, Le ZA.
2. 566, n. 29 (which Bartholomae, Air. Wb. pp. 1411, 1412, brands
as 'falsch'). Geldner, Drei Yasht, p. 65, n. 1, suggests
the hawk, 'habicht,' as a possibility. The Bundahishn, 14. 23, calls the
raven varāk (the Modern Persian word for crow, kalāgh, is not be
confounded with this), and this is apparently the bird of victory which
accompanied King Ardavan according to the Pahlavi Kārnāmē-i Artakhshīr-i
Pāpakān, ed. Darab D. P. Sanjana, pp. 16-17, Bombay, 1896, although Darab
Sanjana (loc. cit.) calls it an "eagle" (reading lūk), and
Peshotanji, Nöldeke, and Antia (the latter, Kārnāmak, p. 16, Bombay, 1900)
interpret the Pahlavi word in this passage as "ram" (reading varāk).
(Persia Past and Present, Jackson, 1909)