🔼The name Hermogenes in the Bible
The name Hermogenes occurs only once in the Bible. In his second (extant) letter to his young friend Timothy, Paul grimly observes that he somehow managed to have all who were with him in Asia turn away from him, including Phygelus and Hermogenes (2 Timothy 1:15).
Whether Paul repelled these people by being charmless or whether their theology didn't agree with his is not told, but in the hectic days of the first century, and especially as early as during Paul's missionary journeys, Christianity was a mere minute player in the much larger arena of theological and philosophical thought (see our articles on Stoics and Epicureans).
🔼Etymology of the name Hermogenes
The name Hermogenes consists of two elements. The first part comes from the name Hermes, which may have to do with the following words:
The second part of our name comes from the verb γινομαι (ginomai), meaning to be, begin to be, or to be born:
The name Hermogenes means Begotten Of Hermes (says Spiros Zodhiates in his The Complete Wordstudy Dictionary), but more completely would be Begotten Of A New Word.