🔼The name Jorim: Summary
- Yah Is Exalted
- From (1) יה (yah), the name of the Lord, and (2) the verb רום (rum), to be high.
🔼The name Jorim in the Bible
🔼Etymology of the name Jorim
Jorim lived in the middle kingdom years. He was of the eleventh generation after David and the tenth before Zerubbabel, so it's safe to assume that his name was Hebrew. But because we have this name only in Greek, it can't be established for certain how this name was spelled in Hebrew. But it's probably a good bet to say that the name Ιωρειμ (Ioreim, or Jorim) is similar to Ιωραμ (Ioram, or Joram), which in Hebrew spells as יורם and which is a contracted form of יהורם; Jehoram.
Like Joram, the name Jorim is probably a construct of two elements, the first one being יה (yah), which is an abbreviated form of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh.
The final part of our name comes from the verb רום (rum) meaning to be high:
The verb רום (rum) means to be high or high up in either a physical, social or even attitudinal sense, and may also refer to the apex in a natural process: the being ripe and ready-for-harvest of fruits. Subsequently, our verb may imply a state beyond ripe (higher than ripe, overripe), which thus refers to rotting and being maggot riddled. This means that to the ancients higher did not simply mean better, and an arrogant political status that was higher than it should be equaled rot and worms (Acts 12:23).
Derived nouns, such as רום (rum) and related forms, describe height or pride. Noun רמות (ramut) describes some high thing. The noun ארמון ('armon) refers to a society's apex: a citadel or palace. The noun ראם (re'em) describes the wild ox, which was named possibly for the same reason why we moderns call a rising market a "bull" market. The similar verb ראם (ra'am) means to rise.
The important noun רמון (rimmon) means pomegranate and the pomegranate became the symbol for harvest-ready fruit (see our full dictionary article for more on this). Overripe items might suffer the noun רמה (rimma), worm or maggot, or the verb רמם (ramam), to be wormy.
For a meaning of the name Jorim, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads the same as for the name Joram, which is Yahweh Is Exalted. Spiros Zodhiates (The Complete Wordstudy Dictionary) reads Jehovah Is Exalted for Joram but does not offer an interpretation for the name Jorim.