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Irad meaning

עירד

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🔼The name Irad in the Bible

The one and only Irad in the Bible is the son of Enoch, son of Cain (Genesis 4:18).

🔼Etymology and meaning of the name Irad

The meaning of the name Irad is disputed since there is no such word in the Hebrew language. It may be a combination (or rather a contraction) of two words.

Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names derives Irad from two words, the first one being עיר (ir) meaning city:

The second part of the name Irad, according to Alfred Jones, comes from the root-verb עוד (ud) meaning to return or repeat:

So doing Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names concludes that Irad means City Of Witness.

NOBSE Study Bible Name List thinks differently and apparently matches the name Irad up with a cluster of mysterious names that may come from a non-Biblical root ערד ('rd):

So doing NOBSE Study Bible Name List concludes that Irad means Fugitive.