🔼The name Cabbon: Summary
- Bound, Surround, Troop
- From the verb כבן (kaban), to roll or round up.
🔼The name Cabbon in the Bible
Cabbon is the name of a town in Judah. It's mentioned only once, in Joshua 15:40.
🔼Etymology and meaning of the name Cabbon
The root כבן (kbn) does not occur in the Bible, but it does in the Talmud, where it means to bind. Cognate languages have similar roots, and they denote roundness; globe or roll up.
Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names points at the unused and unexplained root כבב (kbb), but arrives at a meaning of Cake with no further attempt to explain how.
BDB Theological Dictionary submits helpfully that the meaning of this root is 'not wholly clear,' but cognates have verbs that mean roll up, make into a ball, but also may indicate a troop of men or horses. NOBSE Study Bible Name List sticks to the root meanings and proposes Surround.