The name Ur in the Bible
The name Ur occurs twice in the Bible:
- Most famously is Ur, the city in Babel from whence Abraham's family came (Genesis 11:31).
- Another Ur is the father of Eliphal, one of king David's mighty-men (1 Chronicles 11:35).
Etymology of the name Ur
The name Ur is identical to the common Hebrew verb אור ('or) meaning to be light or to shine:
For a meaning of the name Ur, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and BDB Theological Dictionary propose Flame. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Light or Fire.