SHIMNILOM

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Lehite GN 1. City, 1st c. BC (Alma 23:12)

Etymology

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.

Perhaps the name could be divided into šmn and ilom, in which case, the former may be “oil, fat,” and the latter something to do with “god.” Also possible is šēm, “name,” and a derivation from the root nlh/y, e.g., nlt in Isaiah 33:1 or minlām in Job 15:29 (see Arabic naylun, nâʾlun, “wealth, possession”) (RFS). The latter suggestion would form the basis for the name “name/monument of wealth.”

Cf. Book of Mormon SHEM, SHIM, SHUM, SHEMLON, SHEMNON

Variants

Deseret Alphabet: 𐐟𐐆𐐣𐐤𐐌𐐢𐐊𐐤 (ʃɪmnaɪlʌn)

Notes


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