🔼The name Shuppim in the Bible
There are two men named Shuppim mentioned in the Bible:
- A son of Ir of Benjamin and brother of Huppim (1 Chronicles 7:12, spelled שפם, like the name Shapham). It appears that these two sons of Ir were provided with a wife by Machir of Manasseh (1 Chronicles 7:14, now spelled שפים).
- One of the gatekeeping Levites in the time of David (1 Chronicles 26:16, also spelled שפים). This man was teamed up with Hosah to guard the west, near the gate of Shallecheth.
🔼Etymology of the name Shuppim
The name Shuppim is probably either an alternate spelling or a garbled plural form of the noun שפיפן (shepipon), which denotes a kind of serpent. This noun comes from the unused root שפף (spp):
For a meaning of the name Shuppim, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads the singular Serpent and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names suggests a plural Serpents. BDB Theological Dictionary does not interpret our name but does list it under the root שפף (spp).