🔼The name Meraioth in the Bible
There are three men named Meraioth in the Bible, but this name may also be the source of the name Meraiah (which occurs once in the Bible). The men named Meraioth are:
- A high priest, son of Zerahiah and father of Amariah (1 Chronicles 6:6, 6:52, Ezra 7:3).
- A priestly son of Ahitub and father of Zadok, and progenitor of one of the priests who returned from exile (1 Chronicles 9:11, Nehemiah 11:11).
- The patriarch of a family of returnees of which a man named Helkai was the leader (Nehemiah 12:15). This Meraioth is probably the same as the Meremoth mentioned in Nehemiah 12:3.
🔼Etymology of the name Meraioth
The name Meraioth appears to be a plural form of the noun מרי (meri), meaning rebellion, from the verb מרה (mara), meaning to be contentious:
For a meaning of the name Meraioth, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names read Rebellious. BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of this name.