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Meaning and etymology of the name Haran

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The name Haran is assigned four times in the Bible. The first Haran is a son of Terah and brother of Abraham and Nahor (and the half-brother of Sarah - Genesis 11:26). This Haran is the father of Lot. Haran is also the name of the city where Abram's family settled (Genesis 11:31). A third Haran is a son of Caleb and Ephah (1 Chronicles 2:46). A fourth Haran is a Levite of the family of Gershon (1 Chronicles 23:9).

The name Haran is probably derived of the word har (har) meaning hill, mountain. The post-fixed nun serves as a personification (Hill Guy). As such the name Haran is distantly similar to Aaron.

A salient detail is that the verb hara (hara) means to be with child, to be pregnant. The derived noun hara (hara) means pregnant and the noun herayon (herayon) means conception or pregnancy.

The name Haran means Mountaineer, says Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names, or Mountainous, according to NOBS Study Bible Name List.



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