🔼The name Jekameam: Summary
- People Will Rise, May Kinsman Establish
- From (1) the verb קום (qum), to rise up or stand, and (2) the noun עם ('am), people or kinsman.
🔼The name Jekameam in the Bible
There is only one man named Jekameam in the Bible, and he is mentioned twice. Jekameam is one of the four sons of Hebron, son of Kohath, son of Levi, the third son of Jacob and Leah (1 Chronicles 23:19). The Levites were Israel's tribe of priests and temple servants, which were organized according to the families. It's not always clear what the specific duties of the various families were, but much Biblical screen time goes into divulging how the families were organized (1 Chronicles 24:23).
Note that in Hebrew the name Jekameam is spelled the same as Jokmeam.
🔼Etymology of the name Jekameam
The name Jekameam consists of two elements. The first part appears to be associated with the verb קום (qum), meaning to rise up or stand:
Verb קום (qum) means to stand or rise up, both literally (getting up from sitting or erecting some statue) or figuratively (establishing someone in some office). Noun קימה (qima) means a rising up, noun תקומה (tequma), denotes an ability or power to stand, and noun מקום (maqom) describes some set location, place to stand or station.
Noun קמה (qoma) or קומה (qoma) means height or highness and noun קים (qim) describes someone who rises up against someone (an adversary or enemy). Noun קיממיות (qommiyut) means uprightness. Noun קמה (qama) denotes standing grain. And noun יקום (yequm) denotes substance or existence.
The second part of our name is the noun עם ('am), which means people or kinsman:
The verb עמם ('mm) probably expressed to be inclusive or comprehensive. Its rare uses in the Bible relate to making secrets or making info available to an in-crowd. Preposition עם ('im) means 'with', מעם (me'im) means 'from', and עמה ('umma) means 'beside'. Noun עם ('am) means a people, ranging from all of mankind to the in-crowd of a small village. Noun עם ('am) refers to one's (paternal) kinsman.
For a meaning of the name Jekameam, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads People Will Rise. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes He Will Gather Together The People. And BDB Theological Dictionary has the somewhat clumsy May Kinsman Establish.