🔼The name Shephi in the Bible
The name Shephi occurs only once in the Bible, although the person named such is mentioned once again as Shepho (שפו).
🔼Etymology of the name Shephi
The name Shephi is identical to (and Shepho is derived from) the noun שפי (shepi), which probably denoted the conspicuousness of a beacon or the glow of a centralizing fire, from the verb שׁפה (shapa I):
For a meaning of the name Shephi, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads High and explains this with "i.e. eminent, illustrious". BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of our name but does list it under the verb שׁפה (shapa I).
Here at Abarim Publications, we would suggest that the name Shephi commemorates the attractiveness of a fire or beacon glowing invitatory in the dark distance, and translate this name as Conspicuous Glowing.