|Jaredite PN||1.||King (Ether 1:29, 30; 8:1 (x3), 4, 11; 9:1, 2, 3 (x2), 9, 12, 13, 14)|
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, the onomasticon does offer etymologies for some JAREDITE names, especially if it is possible that some JAREDITE names were translated into NEPHITE, or were otherwise related to one or more Semitic languages.
If OMER is a translation into Nephite, then the common Semitic root ʾmr, “command; speech; word,” would provide a suitable etymology. The form could be a Hebrew present participle,ʾōmēr, meaning, “commander,” analogous to Arabic ʾamīr, commander,” for example, in ʾamīr ʾal-muʾminina, “commander of the faithful.”
A connection with the biblical unit of dry measure is implausible.
Cf. Book of Mormon EMER
Deseret Alphabet: 𐐄𐐣𐐇𐐡 (oʊmɛr)
- Arabic ʾamīr is the etymological source for English admiral and emir.