🔼The name Shiphrah in the Bible
The name Shiphrah occurs once in the Bible. She and Puah are the two midwives who Pharaoh commands to kill all Hebrew babies (Exodus 1:15). The midwives don't comply and the people grow numerous. So numerous even that when the Exodus commences, there are 600,000 males.
Critics argue that this number must be symbolic, because a mere two midwives can't bring about the babies of 600,000 couples. The obvious counter-argument (without denying that the number may indeed be symbolic) is that Shiphrah and Puah weren't the only two midwives, but rather the two representatives of the midwife guild. The chances are excellent that Pharaoh and Shiphrah and Puah never actually met, and that the whole affair was dealt with through messengers and ministers and all that.
🔼Etymology of the name Shiphrah
The name Shiphrah comes from the root שפר (shapar), meaning to be pleasing:
Our name Shiphrah is identical to the derived feminine noun שפרה (shipra), meaning fairness.
For a meaning of the name Shiphrah, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names and NOBSE Study Bible Name List both read Beauty. BDB Theological Dictionary does not translate this name.