🔼The name Shuham: Summary
- From the verb שוח (shuah), to be low or humbled.
🔼The name Shuham in the Bible
The name Shuman occurs only once in the Bible. In Numbers 26:42 he is mentioned as the patriarch of the extensive Danite sub-clan of the Shuhamites (שוחמי). This Shuham may be the same as Hushim (חושים), the son of Dan and proto-Israelite mentioned in Genesis 46:23.
🔼Etymology of the name Shuham
The name Shuman appears to be an intensive form derived from the verb שוח (shuah), meaning to sink low:
The verb שחח (shahah) means to bow down or be bowed down, crouched or humbled. Adjective שח (shah) means low or lowly.
Verb שוח (shuah) means to sink, or to be bowed down or humbled. Nouns שוחה (shuha) and שיחה (shiha) mean pit.
For a meaning of the name Shuham, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Depression. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names appears to go with the derived noun שוחה (shuha), meaning pit, and reads Pit-digger. BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of this name but does list it under the verb שוח (shuah), meaning to sink down.