Etymology of Aaron


Aaron is a name that comes either from Hebrew—אהרןAhărōn, or from Egypt (Aaru).

This name is believed to have originally arisen in Egypt, but this is impossible to confirm.

Some feel that it makes more sense that Aaron was originally a Hebrew word.

Its true meaning is not known; it is assumed that Aaron means “exalted” or “tall mountain” or “bearer of martyrs” or “elevated” or “woe to this pregnancy”.

Aaron is the older brother of Moses (in the Quran and in the Book of the Exodus) as well as the high priest of the Israelites.

Aaron is an extremely popular name in Ireland and Scotland, ranking among the top twenty-five most popular boys’ names.


Aaron may be associated with the Ancient Egyptian “aha rw” (warrior lion), but nobody really knows for sure.

Important references to this name can be found on Exodus 28:1 and Joshua 21:4.

The reason that etymologists reject the idea that Aaron is a Hebrew name is because it does not sound like regular Hebrew, and thus pointing towards Egypt seems like a sensible option.

Aaron in Other Languages

In Arabic, Aaron is spelled Haroun or Harun.

In Norwegian, Swedish, Polish, Danish and Croatian it is Aron.

In Turkish and Bosnian it is Harun.

In Spanish it is Aarón and in Portuguese it is Aarão.

In Hungarian you say Áron.

In the United States, Aaron has been on the top one hundred list of baby names for several decades.

References:

McKenzie, John L. Dictionary of the Bible. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.

Throop, Priscilla. Isidore of Seville’s Etymologies: The Complete English Translation of Isidori Hispalensis Episcopi Etymologiarum Sive Originum Libri XX.