The Arkites are descendants of Canaan, who is a son of Ham, son of Noah (Genesis 10:17).
The name Arkite probably comes from the Hebrew verb (araq) probably meaning gnaw. This verb occurs only twice, and that in the same chapter; Job 30:3 and 17. Comparing this verb to various cognates, indicates the meaning of a nagging, senseless sensation.
HAW Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament has nothing on the verb, but Klein's Etymological dictionary of the Hebrew Language reports relations to a similar verb meaning to flee (to go away). Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names derives the name Akites from the above mentioned root as well, but boldly adds the meaning of to flee. BDB Theological Dictionary treats the same root but lists no connection to fleeing.
NOBS Study Bible Name List reads Belonging To Arka, but does not explain who Arka is. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Fugitive.
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