🔼The name Uzziah: Summary
- Power Of Yah, Yah Is Strong, Yah Is My Strength
- From (1) the verb עזז ('azaz), to be strong, and (2) יה (yah), the shortened name of the Lord.
🔼The name Uzziah in the Bible
The name Uzziah is applied to five different men in the Bible, most famously to the son and juvenile successor of king Amaziah and his wife Jechiliah of Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 26:3). For some reason, in the parallel text of 2 Kings 15:2, Uzziah is called Azariah and his mother is called Jecoliah of Jerusalem.
Other Uzziahs are:
- The father of Jehonathan, an officer in king David's court (1 Chronicles 27:25 — spelled עזיהו).
- A son of Uriel (1 Chronicles 6:24).
- A son of Zechariah (Nehemiah 11:4).
- A son of Harim (Ezra 10:21).
Note that the name עזיא (Uzzia) is a variant spelling of our name עזיה (Uzziah).
🔼Etymology of the name Uzziah
The name Uzziah consists of two components, the latter one being appellative יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh. On rare occasions this appellative is spelled with an aleph, as occurs in the name עזיא (Uzzia), one of David's mighty-men (1 Chronicles 11:44).
The first part of the name Uzziah 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.
For a meaning of the name Uzziah, BDB Theological Dictionary and NOBSE Study Bible Name List read My Strength Is Yahweh. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Strength Of The Lord.