🔼The name Anan: Summary
- Cloud, Obscure
- From the noun ענן ('anan), a cloud.
🔼The name Anan in the Bible
The name Anan occurs once in the Bible. He's mention among the signers of the new covenant of Ezra the reformer (Nehemiah 10:26).
🔼Etymology of the name Anan
The name Anan comes from the noun ענן ('anan), meaning cloud:
The verb ענן ('nn) appears to describe the deriving of solid theories out of hardly related observations. It's used to mean to divine, and noun ענן ('anan) means cloud (which appears like a solid object but is really a bunch of barely relating droplets).
Verb עון ('wn) probably means to conceal or cover. Nouns מעון (ma'on) and מענה (me'ona) refer to the lair, refuge or hideouts of animals, but often too to the habitation of the Creator, which is heaven. And that links this word back to the previous word meaning cloud.
For a meaning of the name Anan, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names and NOBSE Study Bible Name List both read A Cloud, but better would be Cloudy, or even Obscure.