🔼The name Jekamiah: Summary
- Yah Will Rise
- From (1) the verb קום (qum), to rise up or stand, and (2) יה (yah), the name of the Lord.
🔼The name Jekamiah in the Bible
There are two men named Jekamiah in the Bible (although, for some obscure reason, the classical English translations of the Bible insist on calling one of them Jecamiah):
- Someone in the genealogy of Judah, the fourth son of Jacob and Leah. This Jekamiah is the son of Shallum and the father of Elishama (1 Chronicles 2:41).
- One of the sons of Jeconiah the last king of Jerusalem, also known as "the prisoner" as he was incarcerated by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon (1 Chronicles 3:18). The King James Version, Darby and Young list this man as Jecamiah (and don't call Jeconiah "the prisoner" but add another son named Assir).
🔼Etymology of the name Jekamiah
The name Jekamiah consists of two elements, the final one being יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh.
The first element of our name comes from the following word cluster:
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.
For a meaning of the name Jekamiah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Yahweh Will Rise. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names translates our name with the curious He Will Be Gathered Of The Lord. BDB Theological Dictionary does not translate Jekamiah but does list it under the verb קום (qum) meaning to rise up or stand.