🔼The name Amariah: Summary
- Yah Said
- From (1) the verb אמר (amar), to talk, and (2) יה (yah), the name of the Lord.
🔼The name Amariah in the Bible
The name Amariah is among the most popular in the Bible. It's assigned to no fewer than nine different men. The Amariahs of the Bible are:
- A descendant of Aaron through Eleazar (1 Chronicles 6:7).
- A descendant of the first Amariah (1 Chronicles 6:11).
- The second son of Hebron, son of Kohath (1 Chronicles 23:19).
- A chief priest in the time of king Jehoshaphat of Judah (2 Chronicles 19:11).
- One of the distributors of goods among the Levites during the time of king Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 31:15).
- This latter Amariah may or may not be the same as the grandfather of the prophet Zephaniah (Zephaniah 1:1).
- Then there is Amariah, one of the many sons of Bani, who had married a foreign woman, and who probably divorced her during the atrocious purge of Ezra (Ezra 10:42).
- This latter Amariah is either the same as or a contemporary of the Amariah who is listed among the signers of the sealed document (Nehemiah 10:3).
- And the same goes for the Amariah mentioned by Nehemiah among the returning priests (Nehemiah 12:2).
🔼Etymology of the name Amariah
The name Amariah consists of two elements. The first part of the name comes from the Hebrew verb אמר (amar), meaning to say or talk:
The ubiquitous verb אמר ('amar) means to talk or say and may even mean to promise or command. Nouns אמר ('omer) and מאמר (ma'amar) mean speech, word, promise or command. Nouns אמרה ('imra) and אמרה ('emra) mean utterance or speech. The metaphorical noun אמיר ('amir) refers to the leafy and fruit bearing crown of a tree.
The final part of the name Amariah is יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton; the name of the Lord: YHWH.
For a meaning of the name Amariah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Yahweh Said. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Whom The Lord Spoke Of, i.e. promised. And BDB Theological Dictionary has Yahu Hath Promised.