🔼The name Azzan: Summary
- Strong One, Their Strength
- From the verb עזז ('azaz), to be strong.
🔼The name Azzan in the Bible
The name Azzan occurs only one time in the Bible. Azzan is the father of Paltiel of the tribe of Issachar, who was assigned by God himself to assist the administrative division of Canaan (Numbers 34:26).
🔼Etymology of the name Azzan
The name Azzan is a direct derivation of the verb עזז ('azaz), meaning to be strong:
The verb עזז ('azaz) means to be strong. Adjective עז ('az) means strong, mighty or fierce and adjective עזוז ('izzuz) means mighty or powerful. Nouns עז ('oz) and עזוז ('ezuz) mean strength, might or fierceness.
Noun עזניה ('ozniya) denotes some kind of bird of prey (this word may actually be a convenient import from another language) and noun עז ('ez) denotes a she-goat (this word may actually derive from a verb that means to be wayward or perhaps strong-headed).
Verb עוז ('uz) means to bring into refuge or to seek safety. Noun מעוז (ma'oz) describes a place or agent of safety.
The letter nun with which this name ends may either be a remnant of the waw-nun extension that localizes or personifies a root (=Strong One), or it may be a pronominal suffix meaning either his or theirs.
For a meaning of the name Azzan, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Strong. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has Very Strong, and adds the possibility Their Strength.