🔼The name Uzziah in the Bible
The name Uzziah is applied to five different men in the Bible, most famously to the son and juvenile successor of king Amaziah and his wife Jechiliah of Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 26:3). For some reason, in the parallel text of 2 Kings 15:2, Uzziah is called Azariah and his mother is called Jecoliah of Jerusalem.
Other Uzziahs are:
- The father of Jehonathan, an officer in king David's court (1 Chronicles 27:25 — spelled עזיהו).
- A son of Uriel (1 Chronicles 6:24).
- A son of Zechariah (Nehemiah 11:4).
- A son of Harim (Ezra 10:21).
Note that the name עזיא (Uzzia) is a variant spelling of our name עזיה (Uzziah).
🔼Etymology of the name Uzziah
The name Uzziah consists of two components, the latter one being appellative יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh. On rare occasions this appellative is spelled with an aleph, as occurs in the name עזיא (Uzzia), one of David's mighty-men (1 Chronicles 11:44).
The first part of the name Uzziah comes from the Hebrew verb עזז ('azaz), generally meaning to be strong:
For a meaning of the name Uzziah, BDB Theological Dictionary and NOBSE Study Bible Name List read My Strength Is Yahweh. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Strength Of The Lord.