🔼The name Zaavan: Summary
- Great Agitation
- From the verb זוע (zua'), to tremble or quake.
🔼The name Zaavan in the Bible
There's only once man named Zaavan in the Bible, and that's one of three sons of Ezer, the son of Seir the Horite (Genesis 36:27 = 1 Chronicles 1:42). Whatever happened to this man is unknown as he isn't mentioned any further.
🔼Etymology of the name Zaavan
The name Zaavan probably comes from the verb זוע (zua'), meaning to tremble or quake:
The verb זוע (zua') means to tremble or quake (of a person out of intense feelings). Noun זועה (zewa'a) or זעוה (za'awa) means a trembling.
The letter ן (nun) upon which our name ends may be due to an intensified form.
For a meaning of the name Zaavan, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Great Agitation, and NOBSE Study Bible Name List has the rather lame Unquiet. BDB Theological Dictionary does not translate our name but does list it under the root זוע (zua').