🔼The name Erech: Summary
- From the verb ארך ('arak), to be long.
🔼The name Erech in the Bible
The name Erech is assigned only once in the Bible, namely to one of the cities from which Nimrod's kingdom extended. Ezra mentions a people called ארכוי (Archevites, according to the KJV, JSP, ASV, Darby, Young), which are probably people from Erech (according to NAS and NIV; Ezra 4:9).
🔼Etymology of the name Erech
The name Erech comes from the Hebrew verb ארך (arak) meaning to be long:
The verb ארך ('arak) means to be long or to prolong. Noun ארך ('orek) means length. Adjectives ארך ('arek) and ארך ('arok) mean long. Noun ארוכה ('aruka) refers to a lengthy period of healing or restoration.
For a meaning of the name Erech, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Length; NOBSE Study Bible Name List has Size.