AMMARON

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Lehite PN 1. Historian, ca. 306 AD (4 Nephi 1:47, 48, 49; Mormon 1:2 (x2), 5; 2:17 (x3); 4:23)

Etymology

AMMARON could be a variant of AMARON (the Deseret Alphabet transcriptions are identical). If however the doubled /m/ is intentional, then AMMARON might not be a variant of AMARON. For the first possibility, see the entry AMARON.

If the doubled /m/ is phonemic, it is possible that AMMARON, like AMARON, could well be connected with the West Semitic root ʾmr, “to speak, to say; word.”[1] The form could stem from the common Semitic noun pattern for professions, C1AC2C2ĀC3, yielding the form ʾammār, which would mean someone who works with words, and/or with the hypocoristic suffix –ōn[2] (such as the biblical PNs Amnon and Sampson), could mean, “word smith/speaker.” Both AMARON and AMARON were NEPHITE scribes/historians, though separated in time by many centuries.

Because this name is also spelled AMORON[3], and AMMORON[4], it may be related to those two PNs.

Less likely, but not impossible, is biblical HEBREW ʿam-ʾărôn, “people of the ark” (JH).

Cf. Book of Mormon AMARON, AMMORON, AMORON, MORONI, MORONIHAH, EMER, OMER, AMULEK (vs. MULEK)

See also Ammaron / Ammoron Variant


Variants

Ammoron

Deseret Alphabet: 𐐈𐐣𐐈𐐡𐐊𐐤 (æmærʌn)

Notes


  1. Examples of this Hebrew root appearing in biblical PNs include ʾmryh, Amariah and ʾmry, Imri. The Ammonite PN ʾmrʾl (AL, p. 95.) and the Ugaritic PN a-mar-daddu (Gröndahl, p. 37.).
  2. IPN, p. 38.
  3. Alma 54:1 in the original manuscript.
  4. Alma 54:16, 23 in the original manuscript and printer’s manuscript. See the variants link for other citations.
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