🔼The name Anim: Summary
- Eyes, Fountains
- From the noun עין ('ayin), which means both eye and fountain.
🔼The name Anim in the Bible
🔼Etymology of the name Anim
The name Anim is a contracted plural (or dual) of the noun ענן, meaning either fountain or eye:
The noun עין ('ayin) means both eye and fountain, well or spring. This might be explained by noting that the eye produces water in the form of tears, but perhaps more so in that water and light were considered deeply akin (see our article on the verb נהר, nahar, both meaning to shine and to flow). In that sense, the eye was considered a fountain that watered the outward face with water and the internal mind with light. Verb עין ('in) means to eye or regard. Noun מעין (ma'yan) describes a place with a spring.
For a meaning of the name Anim, NOBSE Study Bible Name List recognizes a plural form and reads Springs. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names sees a dual and reads Two Fountains. BDB Theological Dictionary does not translate this name but does list it under the root עין.