🔼The name Hothir: Summary
- From the verb יתר (yatar), to be a rest or surplus.
🔼The name Hothir in the Bible
There's only one Hothir in the Bible. He is one of fourteen sons of the renowned musician Heman, who directed his sons in worship in the temple service architected by king David and his army commanders (1 Chronicles 25:4). When additional duties had to be assigned, lots were cast and Hothir and twelve of his sons and relatives received the twenty-first lot (1 Chronicles 25:28).
🔼Etymology of the name Hothir
The name Hothir comes from the verb יתר (yatar) meaning to remain over, be a rest:
The verb יתר (yatar) means to remain or to be a rest (a remainder). It may emphasize the survival of some carnage (being the last ones left), but it may also emphasize surplus (rest money after all bills are paid). Noun יתר (yeter) means remnant; יתרה (yitra) means abundance; יותר (yoter) means superiority; יתרון (yitron) means excellence.
The nouns יתר (yeter) and מיתר (metar) describe cords to tie things together with. This indicates that a remnant is not simply that what remains, but rather that which kept the original collective together in the first place.
For a meaning of the name Hothir, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Abundance and BDB Theological Dictionary has a confident Abundance, Superabundance. Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) proposes a rather forced "Whom God" Let Remain.