Given Name NIMROD

GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: Biblical
OTHER SCRIPTS: נִמְרֹד (Ancient Hebrew)
PRONOUNCED: NIM-rahd (English)  [details]

Meaning & History

Meaning unknown, possibly of Akkadian origin or possibly meaning "rebel" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament Nimrod is a renowned hunter, the great-grandson of Noah. He was the founder of Babylon.

Due to the biblical character, this name was adopted as an English-language vocabulary word meaning "hunter". In American English it acquired a further meaning of "fool", after the oafish cartoon character Elmer Fudd (a hunter) was called such by Bugs Bunny.

Related Names



archers, biblical, hunters, television, uncertain etymology
Entry updated July 11, 2018