🔼The name Dedan in the Bible
The name Dedan is assigned to two different men and one corresponding region in the Bible:
- The first Dedan is a son of Raamah, son of Cush, son of Ham, son of Noah (Genesis 10:7).
- The second Dedan is a son of Jokshan . This Dedan is the ancestor of the Asshurim, the Letushim and the Leummim (Genesis 25:3). By the time of Ezekiel, the territory they occupied was still known as Dedan (Ezekiel 25:13).
🔼Etymology of the name Dedan
The name Dedan comes possibly from the Hebrew noun דד (dd), meaning breast or nipple, or the Hebrew verb דדה (dada), meaning move or lead slowly:
Our name may even have to do with דוד (dwd) the root for beloved (aunt, uncle, even the name David).
For a meaning of the name Dedan, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names goes with דדה (dada) and reads Leading Forward, i.e. great increase of family. The NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Low, for no discernible reason. BDB Theological Dictionary does not translate but lists the name Dedan under the root דדה.