🔼The name Jokneam in the Bible
The city called Jokneam existed before the conquest of Canaan. According to the conquered kings list of Joshua 12, Jokneam was situated in the Carmel region (Joshua 12:22). It later became part of the territory allotted to the tribe of Zebulun (Joshua 19:11), but when the tribes had to donate cities to the Levites, Zebulun gave Jokneam and its pasture lands to the Merarites (Joshua 21:34).
🔼Etymology of the name Jokneam
The name Jokneam consists of two elements, the final one being עם ('am), meaning people:
It's not clear where the first part of our name comes from, but it may be from the verb קנה (qana), which means to acquire or create:
For a meaning of the name Jokneam, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Let The People Inquire (but this may be a mistake for "acquire"; there is no Hebrew verb meaning to inquire, which can be associated to our name). Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has Possessed Of The People. BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't interpret this name or its etymology.