🔼The name Ahio: Summary
- Brotherly, Brother of Yah
- From (1) the noun אח ('ah), brother, and possibly (2) יו (yu) or יה (yah), the name of the Lord.
🔼The name Ahio in the Bible
There are three men named Ahio in the Bible:
- The most famous one is one of two sons of Abinadab, whose other son, Uzzah, dies trying to stop the Ark of the Covenant from sliding off the cart it was being transported on. His brother Ahio was walking ahead of the cart when that happened (2 Samuel 6:3).
The two other men named Ahio are:
🔼Etymology of the name Ahio
According to BDB Theological Dictionary, the name Ahio appears to be a truncated form of the full but not Biblical name Ahion (comparable to another contracted form and Biblical name: אחין; Ahian) and is derived from the word אח ('ah) meaning brother, or in a figurative sense, friend or close associate:
The noun אח ('ah) means brother, or more broadly: a fellow member of a social economic node (a "house") within a broader economic whole.
This word's lavish inclusion in names strongly suggests that the deity was reckoned by this word — in modern times we mostly speak of Our Father in Heaven but in antiquity the deity appears to have also been addressed as Our Brother. The New Testament appears to entertain that dynamic in the tenet that the Word is God's Son, and all who have the Word are godly brothers. Also note the similarity with the verb חוה (hawa), to show, tell, make known.
The noun אחוה ('ahawa) means brotherhood and אחות ('ahot) means sister.
The original waw-nun extension creates a personification or localization of the root word: Person Who Is (Like) A Brother.
But for an audience that is less concerned with proper etymology, the name Ahio would look an awful lot like a truncated form of the name אחיה (Ahijah), consisting of the word אח ('ah) meaning brother and יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton; the name of the Lord: YHWH. That would render the name Ahio the meaning of Brother/Friend Of The Lord.
For a meaning of the name Ahio, NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names both read Brotherly. BDB Theological Dictionary proposes the similar Fraternal.