🔼The name Becorath in the Bible
The name Becorath occurs only one time in the Bible. He's mentioned as an ancestor of king Saul, the son of Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Becorath, the son of Aphiah, of Benjamin (1 Samuel 9:1).
🔼Etymology of the name Becorath
The name Becorath comes from the root-verb בכר (bakar), meaning to rise early:
The name Becorath doesn't occur as a proper noun. It seems to reflect a plural form of the word בכורה (bikkura), meaning the first ripe fig. Thus the name Becorath could be literally interpreted as First Ripe Figs, but this would obviously allude to either general first-ness or else pre-eminence.
For a meaning of the name Becorath, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads The First Birth. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes a daring if not somewhat redundant Offspring Of The First Born, and BDB Theological Dictionary simply reads First Born.