🔼The name Amnon: Summary
- From the verb אמן ('aman), to confirm or support.
🔼The name Amnon in the Bible
There are two people named Amnon in the Bible:
- The first born son of David by Ahinoam of Jezreel (2 Samuel 3:2). In 2 Samuel 13:20 this name is spelled as אמינון (Aminon), and in 1 Chronicles as אמנן (Amnon). Another wife of David was Maacah, and she bore David Absalom and Tamar (2 Samuel 13:1). Tamar was beautiful and kind and Amnon was intensely attracted to her. He pretended to be sick and when she came to take care of him, he raped her. After the act he hated her more than he loved her first, but he didn't have to live long with his hate. While his sister stayed desolate in his house, Absalom invited Amnon to a sheepshearers festival at Baal-hazor, where Absalom's servants killed him. This was about two years after his crime.
- A son of Shimon of Judah (1 Chronicles 4:20).
🔼Etymology of the name Amnon
The name Amnon comes from the verb אמן ('aman), meaning to support or confirm:
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.
The ון-extension upon which the name Amnon ends is a common construction to localize or personify a root. Amnon is the "Amen-guy".
In a rare display of unanimousness, NOBSE Study Bible Name List, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names and BDB Theological Dictionary read the same meaning for the name Amnon; the name Amnon means Faithful.