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Pearl of Great Price PN 1. ONITAH PN father of three virgins, of royal pedigree, from Ham (Abraham 1:11)

Cf. the Demotic expression ʼwn tЗ “pillar of the land” in Papyrus Leiden 384 vo. 1*/13 (Johnson, OMRO 56).[1] Or possibly the closely related hypothetical Egyptian *ʼIwn(w)-tЗ “Heliopolis-land,” since Hebrew transliterates these words as און ʼōn (Genesis 41:45,50, 46:20; Coptic ōne[2] ) and ta (as in תחפנס Taḥpěnēs, Jeremiah 2:16 = Egyptian GN TЗ-ḥt-pЗ-nḥsy).

There is also Egyptian wnt3, as part of a canal name near the first cataract, and wnt as a district name in the Book of the Dead.[3]

Val Sederholm suggests Middle Egyptian PN ˁndi “Sound, Hale.”[4]

Variant: On-i-tas ??


  1. J. Johnson, Chicago Demotic Dictionary (Oriental Institute, Univ of Chicago, 2012), “T,” page 46, online at https://oi.uchicago.edu/sites/oi.uchicago.edu/files/uploads/shared/docs/CDD_T.pdf .
  2. On probable Coptic ōne, see Černý, Coptic Etymological Dictionary, 356.
  3. Budge, Book of the Dead, 975.
  4. Citing H. Ranke, Die aegyptischen personennamen I 70, 11-12; 72, 8-9; Gardiner, EG, Sign-List V26, online at http://valsederholm.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-royal-name-onitah-in-lds-book-of.html .


Černý, Jaroslav. Coptic Etymological Dictionary. Cambridge Univ. Press, 1976.

Johnson, Janet H., ed. Chicago Demotic Dictionary. Oriental Institute, Univ of Chicago, 2001-2013. CDD, online at http://oi.uchicago.edu/research/publications/demotic-dictionary-oriental-institute-university-chicago (including numbers in special section).