🔼The name Amittai: Summary
- From the verb אמן ('aman), to confirm or support.
🔼The name Amittai in the Bible
The name Amittai belongs to only one man in the Bible, although he is mentioned twice, and plays no real role in the story. The one and only Amittai of Scriptures is the father of the prophet Jonah (2 Kings 14:25, Jonah 1:1).
🔼Etymology of the name Amittai
The name Amittai comes from the verb אמן ('aman), meaning to confirm or support:
The verb אמן ('aman) means to affirm or support. The familiar adverb אמן ('amen), its lesser known feminine version אמנה ('omna) and the plural variant אמנם ('umnam) mean verily or truly.
Noun אמן ('omen) means faithfulness and noun אמנה ('amana) means faith or support. Noun אמן ('omman) denotes a skilled or "true" worker. Noun אמן ('emun) means trusting or faithfulness. Noun אמונה ('emuna) means firmness, steadfastness or fidelity. And noun אמנה ('omna) means a bringing up or nourishment.
For a meaning of this graceful name Amittai, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and BDB Theological Dictionary assume that the postfixed י (yod), makes the word אמת ('emet) an adjective, and read True.
Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names assumes the yod to be a remnant of YHWH, the name of the Lord, and reads for Amittai Truth Of The Lord.