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A previous question noted that there are three distinct individuals named Amihud mentioned in the Torah, and at least one more in Divrei Hayamim. When I noticed this phenomenon in the Torah, it made me wonder whether Amihud is the most-shared name, that is, assigned to the most distinct individuals, in the Torah.1 This is basically a point of curiosity, but such a superlative status may indeed indicate homiletic value, coupled with analysis of the meaning of the name, as was provided in the answer to the previous Amihud question.

What name is shared by the most distinct individuals in the Torah?

What name is shared by the most distinct individuals in Tanach?


1. DoubleAA pointed out another name that's shared by three individuals in the Torah: Reuel, as documented in this answer.

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    Seems like a riddle like judaism.stackexchange.com/q/3195/759 (if not partial duplicate of that) – Double AA Jul 31 at 14:01
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    @DoubleAA I disagree that this question looks and smells like a riddle. The other one definitely does, since the way the question is stated implies (without mind-reading) that there is a specific answer that the question poser is aware of and looking for. I've stated in this question the basis for and potential value of my curiosity about the most-shared name, implying strongly (and indeed accurately) that the basis for the question is not that I have a known answer that I'm hiding. – Isaac Moses Jul 31 at 14:14
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It turns out the most common name in the Tanach is Zecharayahu:

  1. A Kohen in the time of David (Divrei Hayamim 1:15:24)

  2. A Levite in the time of David (Divrei Hayamim 1:15:18)

  3. A gate-keeper in Ohel Moed (Divrei Hayamim 1:26:2)

  4. Son of Yishiyah (Divrei Hayamim 1:24:25)

  5. Father of Yado (Divrei Hayamim 1:27:21)

  6. Father of Yachziel (Divrei Hayamim 2:20:14)

  7. Son of Yehoshafat (Divrei Hayamim 2:21:2)

  8. A prophet in the time of Uzziah (Divrei Hayamim 2:26:5)

  9. Father of Aviah, mother of Chizkiyahu (Divrei Hayamim 2:29:1)

  10. A man from the Tribe of Reuven (Divrei Hayamim 1:5:7)

  11. Son of Yerov'am II (Melachim 2:15:8)

  12. Son of Yevarchiyahu [AKA Zechariah the Prophet] (Isaiah 8:2)

  13. A descendant of Asaf (Divrei Hayamim 2:29:13)

  14. A Kohen in the time of Yoshiyahu (Divrei Hayamim 2:35:8)

[Note: if you count Zecharyah as the same name as Zecharyahu (which in the case of some individuals, it is), then there are several more individuals to add to the list]

[Note 2: the source I linked says that Zecharyahu is tied with Meshulam, however, when I looked in the concordance, it said that only 13 individuals are named Meshulam]

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    Well, that ought to be easy to remember. – Isaac Moses Aug 2 at 4:45
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    @IsaacMoses yeah, good it's not Hatzlalpuni or Artachshashta or one of those names... :D – Harel13 Aug 2 at 5:44
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    Phenomenal link! Thanks for sharing that. – Eliyahu Aug 2 at 15:38
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    @Eliyahu I highly agree. So many awesome Tanach facts. – Harel13 Aug 2 at 15:43
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I believe (although I have no source) that Chanoch is the most common name in the Torah.

We have Chanoch:

  1. Son of Kayin (Bereishit 4:17)
  2. Son of Yered (Bereishit 5:18)
  3. Son of Midian (Bereishit 25:4)
  4. Son of Reuven (Bereishit 46:9)
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  • Potentially Reuel is tied (Yisro, Yisro’s father, father of Nasi of Gad, son of Esav). – DonielF Aug 2 at 15:00
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    Does anyone hold that Yitro and his father were both called Reuel? I thought it was one or the other... – Joel K Aug 2 at 15:22

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