🔼The name Eutychus: Summary
- Of Good Happenings, Lucky
- From (1) ευ (eu), good or noble, and (2) the verb τυγχανω (tugchano), to happen.
🔼The name Eutychus in the Bible
The name Eutychus occurs only once in the Bible. It's the name of the famous young man who was sitting in the window of the room where the apostle Paul addressed the people of Troas until midnight (Acts 20:9).
The room contained many lamps and people (Acts 20:8), and it stands to reason that oxygen levels were low enough for everybody to be somewhat lightheaded, and it's probably also be the reason why young Eutychus sat in the window. This window was on the third floor. Eutychus drifted off to sleep and tumbled out the window and fell dead on the street below.
Somewhat similar to how the prophet Elisha dealt with the son of the Shunammite (2 Kings 4:34-35), Paul fell upon Eutychus, embraced him and brought him back to life. After this, Paul broke bread, ate and kept on talking until dawn.
This story appears to have all the qualities of a heroic anecdote, and that's how it's usually recognized by commentators. Here at Abarim Publications we surmise that this account contains deep insights into general causality and the power that the Word of God renders a common human (also see our article on the related name Tychicus).
🔼Etymology of the name Eutychus
The name Eutychus consists of two elements. The first part comes from the familiar prefix ευ (eu), meaning good:
The familiar adverb ευ (eu) means good or noble. It occurs mostly in compounds.
The second part of our name comes from the verb τυγχανω (tugchano), meaning to happen, and has to do with the derived noun τυχη (tuche), meaning fortune:
The verb τυγχανω (tugchano) means to happen or to chance, and relates to being lucky or fortunate. The derived noun τυχη (tuche) hence means luck or fortune. Adjective τυχικος (tuchikos) means fortuitous or casual.
The name Eutychus literally means Of Good Happenings, Of Good Fortune and would probably be the equivalent of today's Lucky.