Akkadian names in Aramaic documents from ancient Egypt

Bezalel Porten, Ran Zadok, Laurie Pearce

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This is an onomastic study that follows on the footsteps of two previous studies-Persian names in Aramaic texts and Egyptian names in Aramaic texts. It distinguishes between theophorous names, hypocoristica, and profane names and compares the respective structure of the Akkadian and Hebrew names (e.g., the absence of three-component names in Hebrew). Tables show the frequency of fathers/sons with Akkadian names and sons/fathers with Akkadian, Egyptian, Persian, or Hebrew names (e.g., many Egyptians give their sons Akkadian names, but an Akkadiannamed man almost never gives his son an Egyptian name). Who were the persons with Akkadian names? A table at the end presents an alphabetic list of the names in their Aramaic spelling with their Akkadian equivalents, meaning, and appearance in Akkadian texts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalBulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
StatePublished - May 2016


  • Akkadian
  • Aramaic
  • Elephantine
  • Onomastics


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