🔼The name Jokmeam in the Bible
According to the Chronicler, the Ephraimites gave four of their cities to the Kohathites: Shechem, Gezer, Jokmeam and Beth-horon. The author of the Book of Joshua also lists four cities that Ephraim gave to Kohath. Three of these are the same but the name Jokmeam is now Kibzaim (Joshua 21:22).
It's unclear why this is so, but perhaps this town was renamed and was known in different times by different names. Perhaps it was known by two names all along; perhaps people from different areas called the place by different names, and the author of Joshua was from one area and the Chronicler was from another. We don't know.
🔼Etymology of the name Jokmeam
The name Jokmeam consists of two elements. The first part of our name comes from the following word cluster:
The second part of our name comes from either of the two identical nouns עם ('am), one meaning kinsman and the other meaning people:
For a meaning of the name Jokmeam, NOBSE Study Bible Name List proposes Let The People Arise. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has the sligthly cryptic Gathered Of The People. And BDB Theological Dictionary reads Let The People Be Established.