🔼The name Menahem in the Bible
Menahem, son of Gadi, killed king Shallum of Israel a month after his own coup against king Zechariah the son of Jeroboam, and took the throne (2 Kings 15:14). A town called Tiphsah refused to open to him and king Menahem destroyed it and its inhabitants. His especially brutal treatment of pregnant women shows that he was not a very nice guy (2 Kings 15:16).
🔼Etymology of the name Menahem
The name Menahem probably comes from the root נחם (naham), meaning either sorrow, repentance or comfort, depending on the context:
The mem with which our name begins is probably due to a grammatical form that is comparable to the English present continuous: expressing a continuation of the verb's action.