|Jaredite PN||1.||Son of OMER, a JAREDITE king (Ether 8:4-6).|
Until possible language affinities for JAREDITE names can be determined, all suggestions for etymologies of JAREDITE names must remain more speculative than substantive. With that caveat in mind, however, etymologies for some JAREDITE names may be offered, especially if it is possible that some JAREDITE names were translated into NEPHITE, or were otherwise related to one or more Semitic, Mesopotamian, or Egyptian languages.
It would be tempting to see in ESROM the biblical name, attested in the New Testament as Esrom (Matthew 1:3 and Luke 3:33) and in the Old Testament as Hezron (Genesis 46:9), which may come from HEBREW ḥeṣrôn “enclosure” With ESROM, the –om may be a nominalizing element, such as possibly on the name Gershom (Exodus 2:22). (In HEBREW both –om and –on are nominalizing elements.)
Another possibility comes from the same root as the biblical PNs Ezra, Ezer, Ezri and Ebenezer, namely, ʿēzer "help." With the nominalizing element –ōm the name could mean "[God is the] help."
ESROM could be realted to the Edomite PN Ezer, from the root ʾṣr, "to store up," and its noun form ʾôṣār, "treasure."
Deseret Alphabet: 𐐇𐐝𐐡𐐊𐐣 (ɛsrʌm)
- Wade Kotter, “Hezron,” in Freedman, ed., ABD, III:194.