🔼The name Eker: Summary
- From the verb עקר (aqar), to uproot.
🔼The name Eker in the Bible
🔼Etymology of the name Eker
The name Eker comes from the verb עקר (aqar), which probably meant to uproot, and is identical to the noun עקר ('eqer), meaning offshoot:
It's not clear what the unused verb עקר ('aqar) may have meant but apparently it had to do with thwarting the proper propagation or forward motion of living things. Noun עקר ('eqer) means offshoot or member, and the derived verb עקר ('aqar) means to pluck or uproot. This verb may also describe the practice of hamstringing horses or other animals, for various reasons. Adjective עקר ('aqar) means barren or barrenness of either males or females, mankind or animals.
For a meaning of the name Eker, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Offshoot and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has the similar Offspring or A Shoot. BDB Theological Dictionary does not translate our name but does confirm that it is identical to the noun עקר ('eqer), meaning offshoot.