🔼The name Anamim in the Bible
🔼Etymology and meaning of the name Anamim
The name Anamim looks like it comes from the rich root group ענה (ana):
However, there no certainty whether the name Anamim was actually derived from this root group. It its signature abrupt style, BDB Theological Dictionary deems the 'form dubious and locality unknown,' and hints no further to any meaning
According to Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names, the ana-part of the name Anamim is derived from the first group of meanings, ענה (ana I), meaning to answer, respond, testify. The mim-part is identical to מים (mayim) meaning waters:
And thus, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names translates this name as Responding Waters.
It should be noted that the extension ים is a common indication of plural (much like the English -s), which leads to the possibility that our word Anamim is in fact the plural of ענם. That word does not occur in the Bible except as an (assumed) text error: the city Anem (1 Chronicles 6:73), meaning Double Fountain. This would give to Anamim the meaning Clusters of Double Fountains, which is a bit excessive.