Meanings of the name Jov

Jov/Jovy — pronounced “johv” / “jove”

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We chose the name Jov primarily for its relation to the word “jovial”* (happy, marked by good cheer, jolly, joyful) for its relation to Psalm 30:5c-d, a significant verse for Tanya during her whole (and difficult) pregnancy. King David writes,

Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy^ comes with the morning.

*In fact, if you say his first name and the first two letters (or first part) of his last name – so “Jov-E-L” –  is nearly homophonic (same-sounding) to “jovial”.

^Besides the relation in meaning of “jov” to “joy” (through the intermediary “jovial”) there is a typographical similarity. If you subtract the descender of the “y” in the word “joy” you are left with “jov”.

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Although the spelling “Jove” would have definitely ruled out the mispronunciation (and rather ugly sounding) “jahv”, we rejected this spelling as Jove is an alternative name to Jupiter, the god of sky and thunder in ancient Roman mythology. Perhaps some would appreciate their child’s (rough) namesake being the chief deity in the Roman pantheon but, as it is, Yahweh is the only true God and we’d rather keep his name unlinked to any fakes.

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While having a Scriptural name wasn’t a required criterion for our name choice, the name Jov is, coincidentally, a more accurate English transliteration of the Hebrew name ‘Iyyov ( אִיּוֹב) , a name we’ve come to know as Job. The last letter of the name Job is bet (ב) and in some words it is a “b” sound, in other words a “v” sound. Modern Israelis would pronounce the name with a “v” – “Iyyov” / “ee-yove”. Listen here to a female from Israel pronounce the Biblical name “Job”. 

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The middle name Morris has been passed down from my grandfather John to my father Jeff to me and now to my son. All of us have the initials JME.

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Please pray that our Jovy finds himself happy in the Happiest, our God above sky, thunder, and even our largest planet, Jupiter. Trust that he will find his new and true name in the grace of Yeshua.