🔼The name Ananiah in the Bible
The name Ananiah is applied to one man and one town in the Bible, and both are mentioned in the book of Nehemiah. Ananiah the man is the grandfather of Azariah, son of Maaseiah, who carries out repairs on his own house and the surrounding areas (3:23). Ananiah the town is listed among the cities that become home of the many Benjaminites who return from exile (11:32).
Note that this name in the Greek Septuagint is spelled Ανανια, which is identical to the transliteration of the name Hananiah and could therefore be the source of the name Ananias.
🔼Etymology of the name Ananiah
The name Ananiah consists of two elements. The first element comes from the root group ענן:
The second part of the name Ananiah is the appellative יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh.
For a meaning of the name Ananiah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Yahweh Has Covered. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has Cloud Of the Lord, but adds the explanation "whom the Lord covers or guards".