🔼The name Hushim in the Bible
The name Hushim is assigned to two men and one woman in the Bible:
- The first male Hushim we read about is a son of Dan (Genesis 46:23, spelled חשים), who apparently is also called Shuham (Numbers 26:42).
- The other male Hushim is mentioned as a son of Aher of Benjamin (1 Chronicles 7:12, spelled חשם).
- The only female Hushim is one of three wives of Shaharaim; the other two being Baara and Hodesh. This Hushim's sons are called Abitub and Elpaal (1 Chronicles 8:8, spelled חושים, 8:11, spelled חשים).
🔼Etymology of the name Hushim
The name Hushim comes from the root group חוש (hush I & II):
The name Hushim is a plural form of a noun that either has to do with hurrying, or with enjoyment or worry. That a name for a singular person would express a plurality is curious but not beyond understandable. The related name Thahash has probably to do with some water-dwelling creature, and perhaps the hushim were also some kind of creatures or a phenomenon, that could be experienced as a single entity. Think of our words herd and swarm, or even the name Elohim, which also is a plural used singular.
For a meaning of the name Hushim, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Hasters. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names — always a bit inclined to the dramatic — reads Those Who Hasten The Birth, i.e. children prematurely born.