🔼The name Huppim in the Bible
There are two men named Huppim in the Bible:
- A son of Benjamin (Genesis 46:21). This Huppim (חפים) is called Hupham (חופם) in Numbers 26:39, where he is reported to have become the patriarch of the Huphamites (חופמי).
- The brother of Shuppim, sons of Ir, also of Benjamin (1 Chronicles 7:12, spelled חפם). It may be that this man named Ir is the same as Iri, who is a grandson of Benjamin through Bela (1 Chronicles 7:7).
🔼Etymology of the name Huppim
The name Huppim looks like a masculine plural form of a noun that comes out of the root group חפף (hapap).
For a meaning of the name Huppim, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads the singular Protection, and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has the plural Coverings. BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't translate this name but does list it under the verb חפף I (hapap I).