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The modern Armenian name for the country was Hayq, later Hayastan.Hayasa, combined with the Persian suffix ' -stan' (land).
There had been various pagan communities before Christianity, but they were converted by an influx of Christian missionaries.
Haik was one of the great Armenian leaders after whom the The Land of Haik was named.
According to legend, Haik was a great-great-grandson of Noah (son of Togarmah, who was a son of Gomer, who was a son of Japheth, who was a son of Noah), and according to an ancient Armenian tradition, a forefather of all Armenians.
However, both these classifications are entirely arbitrary, as there is no easily definable geographic difference between Asia and Europe.
Armenia is currently a member of more than 35 different international organizations including the United Nations, the Council of Europe, Asian Development Bank, the Commonwealth of Independent States, World Trade Organization and Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation.Armenia lies in the highlands surrounding the Biblical mountains of Ararat, upon which, as tradition states, Noah's Ark came to rest after the flood. From 4000 BC to 1000 BC, tools and trinkets of copper, bronze and iron were commonly produced in Armenia and traded in neighbouring lands where those metals were less abundant.