🔼The name Hemdan: Summary
- From the verb חמד (hamad), to be desirable or pleasant.
🔼The name Hemdan in the Bible
According to Genesis 36:26, Hemdan (חמדן) was one of four sons of Dishon of Seir. In 1 Chronicles 1:41 this man is called Hamran (חמרן). See our article on the name Hamran for a brief discussion of this discrepancy.
🔼Etymology of the name Hemdan
The name Hemdan derives from the verb חמד (hamad), meaning to desire or take pleasure in:
The verb חמד (hamad) means to be desirable, pleasant or praise-worthy. It's usually accompanied with covetous sentiments, a taking delight in or a resolve to obtain or achieve the delightful thing, person or state.
Nouns חמד (hemed) and חמדה (hemda) means desire or delight, or describe a precious or delightful thing. Plural noun חמודות (hamudot) means desirableness or preciousness. Nouns מחמד (mahmad) and מחמד (mahmod) denote a place or agent of חמד (hamad); a place, person or thing of desire, pleasure or delight.
For a meaning of the name Hemdan, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Pleasant and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Desire/ Delight. BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of our name but does list it under the verb חמד (hamad), meaning to desire.