🔼The name Hamonah: Summary
- From the noun המון (hamon), denoting a large group of noisy people.
🔼The name Hamonah in the Bible
The name Hamonah occurs only once in the Bible. According to YHWH through the prophet Ezekiel, it's the name of a symbolic city that will arise in the valley of Hamon-gog as a result of the mass burial of the bodies and bones of the fallen fighters of Gog (Ezekiel 39:16).
🔼Etymology of the name Hamonah
The name Hamonah is a feminized version of the noun המון (hamon), denoting a large group of noisy people, from the verb המה (hama):
The masculine pronouns הם (hem) and המה (hemma) mean "they." The feminine versions are הנה (henna) and הן (hen). The singular versions (meaning he and she) are הוא (hu) and היא (hi).
The similar verb המה (hama) means to be noisy, and that particularly of a "them". The derived masculine noun המון (hamon) denotes a noisy multitude.
The verb נהה (naha) means to wail or lament, and is probably onomatopoeic, after the sound of crying. Nouns נהי (nehi), נהיה (nihya), ני (ni) and הי (hi) all describe forms of wailing.
The verb נהם (naham) describes a muffled groaning. Nouns נהם (naham) and נהמה (nehama) mean a growling.
The noun נאם (ne'um) describes a labored utterance of a prophet in trance. Denominative verb נאם (na'am), means to utter a prophetic utterance.
For a meaning of the name Hamonah, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names read Multitude. BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't translate our name but does list it under המה (hama).