🔼The name Happizzez in the Bible
The name Happizzez (or Aphses as older versions have it) occurs only once in the Bible. He was one of the descendants of Aaron's sons Eleazar and Ithamar who were assigned priestly duties during the reign of king David (1 Chronicles 24:15).
Modern translations of the Bible call this man Happizzez but older translators considered the letter ה (he) with which our name starts a definite article and left it out in their transliterations. The Septuagint calls this man Αφεση and the Vulgate has Aphses, which was later picked up by the King James Version.
🔼Etymology of the name Happizzez
The name Happizzez appears to be constructed from the definite article and an expression of the verb פצץ (pasas), meaning to break apart or scatter:
For a meaning of the name Happizzez, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Scattering, but more correct would be The Scattering. For a meaning of the name Aphses, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Dispersion. BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of our name but does list it under the verb פצץ (pasas).