🔼The name Ammi: Summary
- My People
- From the noun עם ('am), people or kinsman.
🔼The name Ammi in the Bible
The name Ammi occurs only once in the Bible, as a symbolic name given to the male population of Israel; the female population is called Ruhamah (Hosea 2:1). These two names arise as responses to the names of the children of Hosea and Gomer, named Lo-ammi and Lo-ruhamah (Hosea 1:6).
🔼Etymology of the name Ammi
The name Ammi comes from the assumed Hebrew root עמם:
The verb עמם ('mm) probably expressed to be inclusive or comprehensive. Its rare uses in the Bible relate to making secrets or making info available to an in-crowd. Preposition עם ('im) means 'with', מעם (me'im) means 'from', and עמה ('umma) means 'beside'. Noun עם ('am) means a people, ranging from all of mankind to the in-crowd of a small village. Noun עם ('am) refers to one's (paternal) kinsman.
The letter י (yod) upon which this name end is a common extension that creates a possessive form. It may be interpreted as my people or people-like or even belonging to the people. Ethnonyms are also formed by adding a (yod) to the name of one's country or ancestor (like: an Israeli from Israel).
In the book of Hosea, the name Ammi probably means My People.