🔼The name Izziah: Summary
- Yah Sprinkles
- From (1) the verb נזה (naza), to sprinkle, and (2) יה (yah), the shortened name of the Lord.
🔼The name Izziah in the Bible
The name Izziah (by some translators spelled Jeziah) occurs only one time in the Bible. He is mentioned among those Israelites — specifically among the sons of Parosh — who divorced their foreign wives during the purge of Ezra (Ezra 10:25).
🔼Etymology of the name Izziah
The name Izziah consists of two elements; the final one being יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton; the name of the Lord: YHWH.
The first part of our name appears to be a future form of the verb נזה (naza), meaning to sprinkle. The letter נ (nun) of this verb tends to drop out in certain grammatical constructions, as is the case with our name Izziah:
The verb נזה (naza) means to sprinkle and mostly describes ritualistic sprinkling of mostly blood and sometimes water.
For a meaning of the name Izziah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Yahweh Sprinkles. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has He Will Be Sprinkled Of The Lord. And BDB Theological Dictionary proposes May Yah Sprinkle.