🔼The name Chenani in the Bible
The name Chenani occurs once in the Bible. Nehemiah mentions him among the Levites who stood on their dedicated platform, loudly hailing the Lord, just prior to the Great Sermon and the signing of the Sealed Document (Nehemiah 9:2).
🔼Etymology of the name Chenani
The name Chenani comes from either of the two verbs כנן (kanan):
The ultimate meaning of our name is hard to establish. The letter י (yod) upon which this name ends may create a possessive form (my כנן), or it denotes an adjective כנן-ly. But the name Chenani is probably a contracted form of the name Chenaniah, and the final י is a remnant of יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh.
NOBSE Study Bible Name List doesn't treat Chenani separately but reads Yahweh Has Established for Chenaniah.
BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't interpret our name but does list it under the verb כנן I (kanan I), meaning to be firm or established. That would give our name the meaning of Firmly or My Firmness.
Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) insists on using the mysterious noun כנה that occurs only in Psalm 80:16, gives its parent root the curious meaning of to perfect or to protect, and renders our name the meaning of Perfector. It's not very likely that a Hebrew audience would have arrived at the same conclusion.