🔼The name Naaran: Summary
- Place Of Youth, Young Town
- From the verb נער (na'ar), to be young.
🔼The name Naaran in the Bible
The name Naaran occurs only once in the Bible. It's the name of a town in Ephraim (1 Chronicles 7:28), which may or may not be the same as the town named Naarath, which is mentioned in Joshua 16:7.
🔼Etymology of the name Naaran
The name Naaran probably comes from the verb נער (na'ar), meaning to be young, to growl or to shake:
The verb נער (na'ar) has three major nuances. Its core meaning is to be to be young, but it may also mean to growl and to shake or shake loose. Noun נער (na'ar) means a scattering and noun נערת (ne'oret) refers to a kind of plant-product that involved beating and scattering. These words occur just a few times in the Bible. Much more common are the words that have to do with being young.
Noun נער (na'ar) means young one or child of both sexes. The feminine version of this word, נערה (na'ara), commonly refers to a marriageable but unmarried young woman. Nouns נער (no'ar), נעורים (ne'urim) and נערות (ne'urot) mean youth or early life.
None of the sources we commonly use treats the city name of Naaran separately, but the added nun may indicate a personification of the root: Boys Town, Shaking One, or it comes from a third person feminine plural: They Shake.