🔼The name Ben-abinadab in the Bible
There's some controversy on whether the name Ben-abinadab is a name or not. But this Hebrew construct occurs in 1 Kings 4:11, where Ben-abinadab is listed among the twelve deputies of king Solomon. In addition it's noted that this fellow married Taphath, the daughter of Solomon.
🔼Etymology of the name Ben-abinadab
The name Ben-abinadab consists of three elements. The first part is the common Hebrew word בן (ben), meaning son:
The final part of the name Ben-abinadab is equal to the name Abinadab, which in turn consists of two elements, the first of which being the common noun אב (ab), meaning father:
The second part of the name Abinadab comes from the Hebrew verb נדב (nadab), meaning to make willing, incite:
Most traditional translations assume that this man is "the son of Abinadab," and that his own name isn't given. But modern translations acknowledge that this may be a bit hard to believe, especially since he is a son in law of the king, and list him as Ben-abinadab, meaning Son Of Abinadab, or, rather awkwardly, Son Of The Father Who Is Noble.
A similar controversy happens with the maybe-name Ben-hur.