🔼The name Nahor in the Bible
There are two Nahors mentioned in the Bible:
- The father of Terah and the paternal grandfather of Abraham (Genesis 11:22). This Nahor is an ancestor of Christ and is mentioned in the Lucan genealogy (spelled Ναχωρ, Nachor; Luke 3:34)
- The brother of Abraham and Haran, and half-brother of Sarah (Genesis 20:12). Brother Nahor marries Milcah, the daughter of Haran.
🔼Etymology of the name Nahor
The name Nahor may have to do with the verb נחר (nhr); BDB Theological Dictionary neither confirms nor disputes this but states that 'the connection with the root is obscure.' Here at Abarim Publications, we have our own ideas about the "root" נחר (nahar):
Whatever the true etymology and original meaning, to any Hebrew audience the name Nahor would mean both A Snort or A Snorting, and Charred or Scorched, or even Noble or Freeman.
For a meaning of the name Nahor, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Snorting. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Snorting and Breathing Hard.