🔼The name Miniamin in the Bible
It's not clear how many men named Miniamin are mentioned in the Bible, but there are two or three:
- A Levite mentioned in a list of Levites who distributed goods to other workers in the Temple during the days of king Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 31:15, spelled מנימן).
- A patriarch of a Levitical sub-clan (Nehemiah 12:17). This Miniamin is mentioned only by Nehemiah, in a list of heads of priestly families in the time of high-priest Joiakim. This Miniamin is apparently a patriarch of a priestly family but the name of the present family head appears to have dropped out of the list. Perhaps this Miniamin is the same as the previous one, or else this Miniamin is still alive and heading his clan. And to add to the confusion: scholars feel confident that this Miniamin is the same as Mijamin the priest mentioned elsewhere.
- A trumpet player whom Nehemiah mentions as part of his celebratory delegation that attended the dedication of the restored wall of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 12:41). It may be that this Miniamin is the same as the previous one.
🔼Etymology of the name Miniamin
The name Miniamin consists of two elements. The first part is the preposition מן (min), meaning from:
The second part of our name comes from the noun ימין (yamin), meaning the right side or right hand:
For a meaning of the name Miniamin, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads From The Right Hand. NOBSE Study Bible Name List interprets this name as Fortunate (yet reads From The Right Side for Mijamin, which is the contracted form of this name. BDB Theological Dictionary neither translates nor interprets this name.