🔼The name Abijam: Summary
- Father Of The Sea/ West/ Future
- From (1) the noun אב ('ab), father, and (2) the noun ים (yam), sea, west or future.
🔼The name Abijam in the Bible
🔼Etymology of the name Abijam
The name Abijam consists of two elements. The first element is the word אב ('ab), meaning father:
The noun אב ('ab) means father, but describes primarily a social relationship rather than a biological one. That social fatherhood was the defining quality of the community's alpha male, the one around whom all economy revolved and from whom emanated all instructions by which the 'sons' (בן, ben) operated. It's unclear where this word אב ('ab) comes from but the verb abu means to decide.
The second part of the name Abijam looks like it could be the word ים (yam), meaning sea:
The noun ים (yam) means sea, and was also used as synonym for west (sea-ward) or the future (as "east" corresponds to "past"). Its plural form, ימים (yamim), is identical to the plural of the word יום (yom), meaning day.
The name Abijam means Father Of The Sea. Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) proposes that Abijam was or was named after a sailor.
Abijam may also mean Father Of The West, perhaps indicating some regional lord (compare with Benjamin, meaning Son Of The Right Hand, as well as Son Of The South).
And note that the form אבים occurs in Ezekiel 3:7, as the second (but implied third) person plural of the verb אבה ('aba), meaning to want or accede (to be willing). That would give our name the meaning of You Are Willing.