🔼The name Mahaneh-dan in the Bible
The name Mahaneh-dan occurs twice in the Bible. The first place called such is where the judge Samson grew up. This Mahaneh-dan was located between Zorah and Eshtaol (Judges 13:25). The second time we hear of the name Mahaneh-dan is when six-hundred Danites camped somewhere close to Kiriath-jearim, en route from their allotted territory to a area more to their liking, and called the place such (Judges 18:12)
These travelling Danites found the land of Laish, and also a priest who worked in a house of someone called Micah, whose idols they swiped. Much to Micah's chagrin, the Danites promote his priest from house-priest to clan priest and take him along. When they arrive at the city of Laish they kill everyone and take over the city.
🔼Etymology of the name Mahaneh-dan
The name Mahaneh-dan consists of two elements. The first part comes from the verb חנה (hana), meaning to camp, and more specifically, the noun מחנה (mahaneh), meaning camp:
The second part of our name is the same as the name Dan, and comes from the verb דין (din), meaning to judge:
The name Mahaneh-dan means Camp Of Dan, or perhaps more fully: Camp Of The Judge or perhaps Camp Of judgment.