From Latin Aaron, from Ancient Greek Ἀαρών (Aarṓn), from Hebrew אַהֲרֹן (ʾAhărōn), of unknown meaning, possibly meaning “bearer of martyrs”, or perhaps also, or instead, related to the Ancient Egyptian ꜥḥꜣ rw (“warrior lion”), though it has been suggested to also mean “elevated”, “exalted” or “high mountain”. Doublet of Harun.
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɛɹ.ən/, /ˈæɹ.ən/
Audio (US) (file)
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈæɹ.ən/, /ˈɛə.ɹən/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɛɹən, -æɹən
- Homophones: Aran, Arin, Arran, Arun, Erin (in some pronunciations)
The Hebrew etymon of Aaron, אהרן, was pronounced /ahăron/; it was transliterated into Greek as Ἀαρών (Aarṓn) (/aaron/), and into Latin as Aaron. In Ecclesiastical Latin, the name was and is pronounced with two separate a sounds.
The pronunciation of the aa as a single sound, /ˈɛəɹən/, /ˈɛɹən/, /ˈæɹən/, originated when the Bible was anglicised, hence modern guides to the pronunciation of Biblical names, including those of the Church of England, the BBC, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Oxford English Dictionary, and Harper Collins specify the modern English pronunciation as /ɛəɹən/, where the first syllable sounds like the word air.
The variant form Aron (see Wikipedia) derives from the same Hebrew root, but via Scandinavian and/or Celtic languages; it is pronounced /ærən/ (like the unrelated but homophonous Celtic names Aran and Arran), for which reason Aaron is sometimes pronounced that way, too.
Aaron (plural Aarons)
- The elder brother of Moses in the Book of the Exodus, and in the Quran.
- A male given name from Hebrew.
- 1969, Philip Roth, Portnoy's Complaint, Random House, published 2002, page 145:
- - - - the Junior Prom with boys whose names are right out of the grade-school reader, not Aaron and Arnold and Marvin, but Johnny and Billy and Jimmy and Tod. Not Portnoy or Pincus, but Smith and Jones and Brown!
- A surname transferred from the given name.
- The given name was exclusively Jewish in the Middle Ages, taken up by Gentiles in the 17th century, and popular among both at the end of the 20th century.
- (nonstandard spellings of given name) Aaren, Aron, Arron
- (patronymic surname of given name) Aaronson
Aaron (plural Aarons)
- ^ 1937, Michael de Angelis, The correct pronunciation of Latin according to Roman usage
- ^ 2006, L. Olausson and C. Sangster, Oxford BBC Guide to Pronunciation (Oxford University Press), page 1.
- ^ “Pronunciation Guide”, in (please provide the title of the work), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, accessed 2013-05-01
- ^ Oxford English Dictionary (2013)
- ^ 1994, Bible Pronunciation Guide (edited by William O. Walker III, published by Harper Collins, →ISBN)
- ^ John S[tephen] Farmer, compiler (1890), “Aaron”, in Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present. […], volume I, [London: […] Thomas Poulter and Sons] […], →OCLC, page 2.
|Inflection of Aaron (Kotus type 6/paperi, no gradation)|
|comitative||See the possessive forms below.|
- Aaron is the 181st most common male given name in Finland, belonging to 3,368 male individuals (and as a middle name to 3,832 more), and also belongs to 6 female individuals (and as a middle name to 8 more), according to February 2023 data from the Digital and Population Data Services Agency of Finland.
- (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈa.a.roːn/, [ˈäːroːn]
- (modern Italianate Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ˈa.a.ron/, [ˈäːäron]
- → Catalan: Aaró, Aaron
- → Chinese: 亞倫／亚伦 (Yàlún, Yǎlún)
- → Danish: Aron
- → Greenlandic: Aalut
- → Dutch: Aäron
- → English: Aaron
- → Estonian: Aaron
- → Faroese: Aron
- → Finnish: Aaron, Aron
- → French: Aaron
- → German: Aaron
- → Hungarian: Áron
- → Icelandic: Aron
- → Irish: Árón
- → Italian: Aronne
- → Korean: 아론 (Aron)
- → Lithuanian: Aronas
- → Maltese: Aronn
- → Maori: Arona
- → Northern Sami: Áron
- → Norwegian: Aron
- → Polish: Aaron
- → Portuguese: Aarão
- → Russian: Ааро́н (Aarón), Аро́н (Arón)
- → Kazakh: Арон (Aron)
- → Spanish: Aarón
- → Swedish: Aron