🔼The name Canneh: Summary
- Surname, Flattering Title
- From the verb כנה (kana), to give a title or epithet or cognomen.
🔼The name Canneh in the Bible
The name Canneh occurs only once in the Bible. The prophet Ezekiel mentions a city with this name in his elaborate lament over Tyre (Ezekiel 27:23). Most scholars equate Canneh with the city called Calneh by Amos and Calno by Isaiah (Amos 6:2, Isaiah 10:9).
🔼Etymology of the name Canneh
The name Canneh looks like it has to do with the verb כנה (kana), meaning to betitle or give a nickname:
Root כנן (kanan) and hence verb כון (kun) mean to set, establish, fix, and so on. Nouns כן (ken), מכונה (mekona) and מכנה (mekona) denote a base or pedestal, noun מכון (makon) describes some fixed or established place, and noun תכונה (tekuna) means place or arrangement. Noun כון (kawwan) expresses a sort of ritualistic or sacrificial setup.
Adjective כן (ken) means right, true or honest, and adverb כן (ken) expresses confirmation: "thus" or "so". Verb כנה (kana) means to give a title or epithet or cognomen. Slightly unexpected, the noun כן (ken) denotes a gnat; the sort of proverbially plaguy insect that appears in huge swarms.
For a meaning of the name Canneh, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Surname, Flattering Title. BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't interpret our name and NOBSE Study Bible Name List skips it all together.