🔼The name Uzzia: Summary
- Power Of Yah, Yah Is Strong
- From (1) the verb עזז ('azaz), to be strong, and probably (2) יא (ya'), a variant of יה (yah), the shortened name of the Lord.
🔼The name Uzzia in the Bible
There's only one man named Uzzia in the Bible, although this name is probably a variant spelling of the name Uzziah (עזיה). The one and only Uzzia in the Bible is an Ashterathite and one of David's mighty-men (1 Chronicles 11:44). This man plays no further role in the Bible.
🔼Etymology of the name Uzzia
The name Uzzia consists of two elements. The final part is probably a very unusual (perhaps even Aramaic) spelling variant of יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh.
The first part of the name Uzzia comes from the verb עזז ('azaz), 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.
For a meaning of the name Uzzia, NOBSE Study Bible Name List and BDB Theological Dictionary both read My Strength Is Yahweh. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Power Of The Lord.