🔼The name Zior: Summary
- From the verb צער (sa'ar), to be or become small or insignificant.
🔼The name Zior in the Bible
The name Zior occurs just once in the Bible. It belongs to a town in a cluster of nine, somewhere in the hill country of Judah (Joshua 15:54).
🔼Etymology of the name Zior
The name Zior comes from the verb צער (sa'ar), meaning to be or grow insignificant:
The verb צער (sa'ar) means to be or become small or insignificant. Adjective צעיר (sa'ir) may mean small or young, younger, youngest. Noun צעירה (se'ira) means youth, young or subservient person. Noun מצער (mis'ar) refers to any place or agent of smallness; a small town, one's humble beginnings, a few men, a little while.
For a meaning of the name Zior, NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names both read Smallness. BDB Theological Dictionary does not translate our name but does list it under the verb צער (sa'ar), meaning to be or become insignificant.