🔼The name Uzzi: Summary
- My Strength, Strongly, Power Of Yah
- From (1) the verb עזז ('azaz), to be strong, and possibly (2) יה (yah), the shortened name of the Lord.
🔼The name Uzzi in the Bible
The name Uzzi is applied to six men in the Bible:
- The son of Bukki, who is the son of Abishua, who is the son of Phinehas, who is the son of Eleazar, who was the son of Aaron, the brother of Moses and Miriam (1 Chronicles 6:5). This Uzzi is an ancestor of Ezra the reformer (Ezra 7:4).
- The first born son of Tola, the first born of Issachar (1 Chronicles 7:2).
- The first born son of Bela, the first born son of Benjamin. This Uzzi's brother is named Uzziel (1 Chronicles 7:7).
- A Benjaminite (1 Chronicles 9:8).
- An overseer of the Levites in Jerusalem (Nehemiah 11:22).
- A priestly family head (Nehemiah 12:19).
🔼Etymology of the name Uzzi
The name Uzzi comes from the Hebrew verb עזז ('azaz), generally meaning to be strong:
The verb עזז ('azaz) means to be strong. Adjective עז ('az) means strong, mighty or fierce and adjective עזוז ('izzuz) means mighty or powerful. Nouns עז ('oz) and עזוז ('ezuz) mean strength, might or fierceness.
Noun עזניה ('ozniya) denotes some kind of bird of prey (this word may actually be a convenient import from another language) and noun עז ('ez) denotes a she-goat (this word may actually derive from a verb that means to be wayward or perhaps strong-headed).
Verb עוז ('uz) means to bring into refuge or to seek safety. Noun מעוז (ma'oz) describes a place or agent of safety.
Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names thinks that the name Uzzi is an abbreviated form of the name Uzziah, and that thus the letter yod upon which the name Uzzi ends is a remnant of the appellative יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh. Hence Jones translates the name Uzzi with Power Of The Lord.
NOBSE Study Bible Name List doesn't agree with that and sees the final yod as a possessive, and reads My Strength.
Note that in Hebrew, the Biblical name Uzzi is spelled the same as Uzi, the name of the notorious Israeli weapon.