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Origin of the name YAHYA.
Etymology of the name YAHYA.
Meaning of the baby name YAHYA.


YAHYA (يحيى).  An Arabic form of John (q.v.), meaning "Jehovah's gift (or grace)," but from a root that would give it a different meaning.  See Malan's note below.  John is said to be the oldest name in all languages.  And some believe that John is the same as Assyrian Yahve, Hebrew Jehovah.  The Arabic form may signify one who gives direction or guidance by pointing the way; perhaps another word for "a shepherd."

... John is called Yahya in the Coran, Sur. xix. 7. "O Zacharias, now we announce to thee concerning the boy, his name Ya'hya," &c.  Perhaps from the root, 'to indicate,' or 'point at,' as forerunner of our LORD... (The Gospel According to S. John, Malan, 1862)


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