🔼The name Haran in the Bible
There are two completely different Hebrew names that have ended up as the similar name Haran in English. We'll call them Haran I (הרן) and Haran II (חרן), and note that both versions occur in Genesis 11:31:
🔼The name Haran I in the Bible
The name Haran I is assigned two times in the Bible:
🔼Etymology of the name Haran I
The name Haran is probably derived of the word הר (har) meaning hill or mountain:
The name Haran's post-fixed nun may serve as a personification (Hill Guy).
🔼Haran I meaning
For a meaning of the name Haran, both BDB Theological Dictionary and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names propose Mountaineer. NOBSE Study Bible Name List has Mountainous.
🔼The name Haran II in the Bible
The name Haran II is assigned two times in the Bible:
- The city where Abram's family settled (Genesis 11:31), which probably personifies the Assyrian culture (it's most likely the same as the modern town of Harran in southeastern Turkey). Stephen refers to this Haran (Χαρραν; Charran) in his sermon to the High Council in Jerusalem (Acts 7:2 and 7:4).
- A son of Caleb and Ephah (1 Chronicles 2:46).
🔼Etymology of the name Haran II
The name Haran II probably comes from the verb חרה (hara), to burn, or חרר (harar), to be dry or hot or even to be free:
🔼Haran II meaning
For a meaning of the name Haran II, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Very Dry. BDB Theological Dictionary sees a connection with an Assyrian word that means Road or Path, and suggests the name stems from Haran's location on a trade route.