🔼The name Jedaiah in the Bible
There are two completely different Hebrew names, which have each their own meaning, which both ended up as the transliterated name Jedaiah in English. We'll call them Jedaiah I and Jedaiah II:
🔼The name Jedaiah I in the Bible
The name ידיה (Jedaiah I) occurs twice in the Bible. The first Jedaiah is a son of Shimri of Simeon (1 Chronicles 4:37). The other Jedaiah, a son of Harumaph, is listed among the repairers of the fortification of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 3:10).
🔼Jedaiah I meaning
This version of the name Jedaiah consists of two parts, the final bit being the element יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton; the name of the Lord: YHWH.
The second part of this version of the name Jedaiah comes from the splendid root-verb ידה (yada), meaning to praise:
🔼Etymology of the name Jedaiah I
For a meaning of this name Jedaiah, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Praise Of The Lord. NOBSE Study Bible Name List makes no distinction between the two versions and reads the inexplicable Yahweh Has Been Kind for both. BDB Theological Dictionary does not translate.
🔼The name Jedaiah II in the Bible
The name ידעיה (Jedaiah II) is assigned to two different men in the Bible. The first Jedaiah mentioned is a descendant of Aaron who was assigned priestly duty in the Temple during the time of king David and high priest Zadok (1 Chronicles 24:7). Then there is Jedaiah, son of Joiarib, a chief priest of the house of Jeshua who was among the returnees from exile (1 Chronicles 9:10, Ezra 2:36, Nehemiah 7:39, Zechariah 6:10).
🔼Etymology of the name Jedaiah II
This version of the name Jedaiah also consists of two parts. As the other version of Jedaiah, this version ends on the name Yah, short for YHWH. But the first part of this name appears to have to do with the root-verb ידע (yada), meaning to know:
🔼Jedaiah II meaning
For a meaning of Jedaiah II, Alfred Jones reads Known Of The Lord.