🔼The name Hannathon: Summary
- Place Of Much Favor, Regarded With Favor
- From the verb חנן (hanan), to be gracious.
🔼The name Hannathon in the Bible
The name Hannathon occurs only once in the Bible. It's the name of a location that marked the north boundary of the territory allotted to the tribe of Zebulun (Joshua 19:14).
🔼Etymology of the name Hannathon
The name Hannathon comes from the verb חנן (hanan), meaning to be gracious:
The verb חנן (hanan) means to be gracious or to favor. Nouns חן (hen), חנינה (hanina), תחנה (tehinna) and תחנון (tahanun) mean favor or grace. Adverb חנם (hinnam) means freely or gratis, and adjective חנון (hannun) means gracious.
The name Hannathon looks like it's rooted in the name Hannah, but spelled with the letter ת (taw) instead of the ה (he). That may either indicate an intensive form (much favor), or it's an old fashioned way of spelling the same thing. The ן (final nun) upon which our name ends may be a remnant of the familiar waw-nun couple that personifies or localizes the idea of the root: place of...
All together, our name would mean something like: Place Of Much Favor. For a meaning of Hannathon, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Regarded With Favor. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has Extraordinary Free Gift. BDB Theological Dictionary does not interpret our name but does list it under the verb חנן (hanan), meaning to be gracious.