🔼The name Neariah: Summary
- Child Of Yah
- From (1) the verb נער (na'ar), to be young, and (2) יה (yah), the shortened name of the Lord.
🔼The name Neariah in the Bible
There are two men named Neariah in the Bible:
🔼Etymology of the name Neariah
The name Neariah consists of two elements, the final one being יה (Yah) which is an abbreviated form of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh.
The second part of our name comes from the root group נער:
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.
For a meaning of the name Neariah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List seems to go with the rare nuance of verb נער (na'ar) and reads Yahweh Drives Away. A more proper use of this word would render our name the meaning of Yahweh Shakes Loose.
Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names goes with the core meaning, and figures that the word that means boy can also mean servant, and reads Servant Of The Lord. Better would be Boy Of The Lord. Even more precise is Child Of Yah.
BDB Theological Dictionary does not translate the name Neariah but does list it under the root נער (na'ar).