🔼The name Jamin: Summary
- The Right Hand
- From the root ימן (ymn), which has to do with the right hand side and the southern direction.
🔼The name Jamin in the Bible
There are three men named Jamin in the Bible:
- A son of Simeon, son of Jacob and Leah. This Jamin is one of the sixty-six proto-Israelites who moved to Goshen in Egypt, and the progenitor of the ימיני, the Jaminites (Numbers 26:12).
- The second son of Ram, son of Jerahmeel, son of Hezron, son of Perez, son of Judah and Tamar (1 Chronicles 2:27).
- One of the proto-rabbis who helped Ezra proclaim the Law to the people (Nehemiah 8:7).
🔼Etymology of the name Jamin
The name Jamin is derived from the noun ימין (yamin), meaning right hand or right side, from the root ימן:
The root ימן (ymn) is of unclear pedigree and meaning but it has to do with both the right hand side and the southern direction, which are both decidedly positive (whereas left and north have negative connotations). This also indicates that one normally faces east, which corresponds to the past.
Noun ימין (yamin) means right, i.e. right hand, side or the right of other parts of the body. Adjective ימיני (yemini) meaning on the right. Verb ימן (yaman) means to go or choose the right or use the right hand. Adjective ימני (yemani) meaning right hand or right. Noun תימן (teman) meaning south.
For a meaning of the name Jamin, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads The Right Hand. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has the similar Right Hand.