🔼The name Amminadab: Summary
- People of Liberality, My Kinsman Is Noble
- From (1) the noun עם ('am), kinsman or people, and (2) the verb נדב (nadab), to willingly give.
🔼The name Amminadab in the Bible
The name Amminadab is assigned four times in the Bible:
- Best known is Amminadab the son of Ram of Judah and the father of Elisheba, the wife of Aaron (although some scholars believe that Elisheba's father Amminadab is a whole other one; if he is, he is nevertheless a contemporary). This Amminadab is the great-grandfather of Boaz (through his son Nahshon, Elisheba's brother), and Boaz is the grandfather of Jesse, and Jesse is the father of king David (1 Chronicles 2:10). That makes this Amminadab an ancestor of Christ (Matthew 1:4, Luke 3:33; spelled Αμιναδαβ, Aminadab).
- A Levite from the Kohath family (1 Chronicles 6:22)
- A Levite from the Uzziel family (1 Chronicles 15:10).
🔼Etymology of the name Amminadab
The name Amminadab consists of two elements. The first part of our name comes from the root עמם ('mm):
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 second part of the name Amminadab comes from the verb נדב (nadab), meaning to willingly give, make willing or entice:
The verb נדב (nadab) means to give, donate or volunteer, and by implication to be noble. From it derive the noun נדבה (nedaba), freewill offering, the noun and adjective נדיב (nadib), generous or noble, and the noun נדיבה (nediba), generous deed.
For a meaning of the name Amminadab, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names goes with the free-will clause of the verb נדב and reads People of Liberality. The NOBSE Study Bible Name List and BDB Theological Dictionary follow the idea of nobility of the verb, and reads My Kinsman Is Noble.