Haran meaning | Haran etymology

Discover the meanings of thousands of Biblical names in Abarim Publications' Biblical Name Vault

הרן
Haran in Biblical Hebrew
Haran
Biblical male character
Biblical location (town, country, etc)
Browse Biblical names alphabetically

Search this site

This project depends on the support of readers like you.
Please help...

The name Haran in the Bible

The name Haran is assigned four times in the Bible:

  • 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.
  • The city where Abram's family settled (Genesis 11:31). Stephen refers to this Haran (Χαρραν; Charran) in his sermon to the High Council in Jerusalem (Acts 7:2).
  • A son of Caleb and Ephah (1 Chronicles 2:46).
  • A Levite of the family of Gershon (1 Chronicles 23:9).

Etymology of the name Haran

The name Haran is probably derived of the word הר (har) meaning hill or mountain:

Abarim Publications Theological Dictionary

The name Haran's post-fixed nun may serve as a personification (Hill Guy).

Haran 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.

עABARIMPublicationsFor the Love of the Word