GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: Biblical
OTHER SCRIPTS: חִזְקִיָהוּ (Ancient Hebrew)
PRONOUNCED: hez-ə-KIE-ə (English)  [details]

Meaning & History

From the Hebrew name חִזְקִיָהוּ (Chizqiyahu), which means "YAHWEH strengthens", from the roots חָזַק (chazaq) meaning "to strength" and יָה (yah) referring to the Hebrew God. This name was borne by a powerful king of Judah who reigned in the 8th and 7th centuries BC. Also in the Old Testament, this was the name of an ancestor of the prophet Zephaniah.
VARIANT: Hizkiah
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Ezekias (Biblical Greek), Chizqiyahu (Biblical Hebrew), Ezechias (Biblical Latin)


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Entry updated May 31, 2018