🔼The name Mijamin in the Bible
It's not clear how many different men named Mijamin (or in some translations: Miamin) there are in the Bible, but it's predominantly a Levite name. The men named Mijamin are:
- A descendant of Aaron through either Eleazar or Ithamar (it's not clear which) in the latter days of king David (1 Chronicles 24:9).
- One of the signers of Nehemiah's sealed document (Nehemiah 10:7). Fragments of the list of names of Nehemiah 10 appear to be repeated in Nehemiah 12, and the Mijamin of chapter 10 seems to somewhat coincide with the Miniamin of chapter 12. This makes scholars believe they are the same man.
- A Levite who came back from the Babylonian exile together with Zerubbabel (Nehemiah 12:5, only here spelled מימין).
- One of the descendants of a man named Parosh, who divorced their foreign wives during the purge of Ezra (Ezra 10:25).
🔼Etymology of the name Mijamin
The name Mijamin is a compilation of two distinct elements. The first part is מ (mem), the short version of the preposition מן (min), meaning from:
The second element of our name is the noun ימין (yamin), meaning the right hand or right side:
For a meaning of the name Mijamin, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads From The Right Side, and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes From The Right Side. BDB Theological Dictionary does not translate or interpret this name.
The plural of our name, namely מימינים (mijaminim) occurs in 1 Chronicles 12:2 with the meaning of 'right-handed ones'.