Friday, April 12, 2024

Have you ever wondered why the name Aaron begins with two As? It has to do with the Hebrew origin of the name. The name Aaron comes from the Hebrew name אַהֲרֹן (ʾaharon, pronounced aha-ROHN). Note that the name begins with the Hebrew letter alpeh (represented by a ʾ), and is then followed by the letter heh ("h"), with "a" vowels in between. When אַהֲרֹן (ʾaharon) was translated into Greek, the nearly silent heh was ignored and the name was rendered as Ααρών (Aarōn), whence comes our English spelling of Aaron—with its two As at the beginning. Scholars are unsure of the meaning of Aaron, as it is likely of unknown (or at best, disputed) Egyptian origin.