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Meaning and etymology of the name Naaman

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There are two Naamans in the Bible. One is a son of Benjamin (Genesis 46:21), whose descendants and those of his brother Ard, are later considered sons of Bela, Benjamin's first born (Numbers 26:40). The other Naaman is a leprous Aramean captain in whose healing Elisha was instrumental (2 Kings 5).

The name Naaman is, like the names Naam, Naamah and Naomi, derived from he verb naem (na'em) meaning be pleasant, sweet, delightful, beautiful. The derivative naaman (naaman) means pleasantness (Isaiah 17:10).

As the added nun usually works as a personification of the root, the name Naaman means Nice Guy, Delightful One.

For a meaning of the name Naaman, NOBS Study Bible Name List reads Pleasant. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Pleasantness.

Other names derived of the verb na'em are Abinoam and Ahinoam.



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