🔼The name Beerah in the Bible
The name Beerah occurs once in the Bible. He is mentioned as a son of Baal in a genealogy of Reuben, the first-born son of Jacob (1 Chronicles 5:6). The only thing we know about this man is that he was a leader of the Reubenites when the Assyrians under king Tiglath-pileser invaded Israel and took the people to Assyria.
🔼Etymology of the name Beerah
The name Beerah is commonly understood to come from the noun באר (be'er), meaning well:
The post-fixed letter ה (he) usually serves to make a noun feminine, but the noun באר (be'er) is already feminine. Our name could possibly come from the masculine version, which is spelled the same but pronounced as bo'r, but that seems a bit redundant (we already had a feminine word that means the same, namely be'er). In fact, our name may very well be a compilation of the particle ב (be), meaning in or by means of:
and the verb ארה ('ara), meaning to pluck or gather:
That way, our name could mean By Means Of Gathering, and may even be reminiscent of Samson's riddle, that revolved around honey in the lion.
For a meaning of the name Beerah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names both read A Well. BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't translate this name.