From Book of Mormon Onomasticon
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‡NOAH Biblical PN 1. Patriarch at the time of the Flood (Alma 10:22; Ether 6:7) Jaredite PN 2. Usurper (Ether 7:14–15, 18–21) Lehite PN & GN 3. Son of Zeniff, king of LehiNephi, ca. 121 BC (Mosiah 7:9; Alma 43:13) 4. City and land, ca. 72 BC (Alma 16:3; 49:12–15) For the etymology see the standard biblical commentaries.107 107 Some scholars have argued that Noah is not a Semitic name derived from “rest,” as most of the biblical commentaries maintain. As one proposed option, the Hurrian language has been mentioned (Nibley, ABM, p. 290). The biblical name for the place the ark landed, the mountains of Ararat, located by Christian traditions in Eastern Turkey, means the mountains of Urartu, an Iron Age kingdom of Eastern Turkey that perhaps was founded by remnants or other ethnic Hurrians at the end of the upheavals of the Late Bronze Age. In any case, the discussion over the etymology of biblical Noah only has bearing on the Book of Mormon if the discussion sheds light of the true etymology of a non-Semitic Noah. Perhaps when the dust settles, it will be possible to suggest that the correct etymology of Noah may point to possibilities for Jaredite affinities.