🔼The name Shamma in the Bible
There are two men named Shamma in the Bible:
- One of David's three mightiest of the thirty mighty-men and the son of Agee the Hararite. Of this Shammah it's told how YHWH gave him a single-handed victory over a band of Philistines in a field strewn with lentils (2 Samuel 23:11).
- A man mentioned in a genealogy of Asher, the eighth son of Jacob and the second of Zilpah, as a son of Zophah, son of Helem (1 Chronicles 7:37).
🔼Etymology of the name Shamma
The name Shamma is probably a variant of the popular name שמה (Shammah), and that name is the same as the noun שמה (shamma), meaning waste, from the root-verb שמם (shamem), meaning to be desolate or appalled:
The name Shamma means the same as Shammah: Waste or rather Appalling Desolation. For a meaning of Shamma, NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) both read Astonishment as its meaning. BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't interpret the name Shamma but does list it under the root שמם.