🔼The name Herodion: Summary
- Little Herod
- From the name Herod.
🔼The name Herodion in the Bible
The name Herodion occurs only once in the Bible. In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul calls Herodion his kinsman, and asks him to be greeted (Romans 16:11). Nothing else is known about this man, but note that his name is the same as that of the palace of Herod, which was built on a partially man-made mountain.
🔼Etymology of the name Herodion
It's unclear where the name Herodion may come from, although it's obviously related to the familiar name Herod (perhaps a diminutive form of it). Here at Abarim Publications we propose that the name Herod(ion) may have to do with the Hebrew verb ערד ('arad), meaning to flee, or חרד (harad), meaning to tremble or be afraid (and please see our article on the name Herod for the details).
None of the credible sources we commonly consult interprets the name Herodion, but to a Hebrew audience it may have sounded like Flee-town, Place Of Refuge or Scary Town, Place Of Fear.