There are multiple origins and translations for the name Vardan:
1. Armenian name (Վարդան), derived from the name Vardapet - "Archimandrite (chief in the monastery); spiritual leader; glory given"
2. German Wardein from French Gardien denotation - "guardian; warden; protector"
3. Form of the name Fardan - "one, only, unique"
Vardan (Vartan) Mamikonian was recorded as the leader in 393. His wife is known to have been Sahakanoush, daughter of Saint Sahak the Great and descendant of the Arsacid kings. They had a son, Saint Vardan Mamikonian, who is revered as one of the greatest military and spiritual leaders of ancient Armenia.