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Related namesGared, Gerad, Jarad, Jared,Jeptha, Jartha, Jareth, Jarid, Jarod, Jarrad, Jarred, Jarrid, Jarrod, Jarryd, Jean, Jerad, Jered, Jerid, Jerod, Jerrad, Jerred, Jerrid, Jerrod, Jerry, Yared

Jared is a given name of Biblical derivation, common mostly in North American English-speaking countries.

In the Book of Genesis, the biblical patriarch Jared (יֶרֶד) was the sixth link in the ten pre-flood generations between Adam and Noah; he was the son of Mahalaleel and the father of Enoch, and lived 962 years (per Genesis 5:18). The biblical text in Jubilees implicitly etymologizes the name as derived from the root YRD "descend", because in his days "the angels of the Lord descended to earth".[1] Alternative suggestions for the name's etymology include words for "rose" and for "servant".[2]

Yared (505–571) was an Ethiopian bishop who introduced the concept of sacred music to Ethiopian Orthodox services. He is regarded as a saint of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church with a feast day of 11 Genbot (May 19).


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  1. ^ Fitzmyer, Joseph A. The Genesis Apocryphon of Qumran Cave 1 (1Q20): A Commentary (2004), p. 139.
  2. ^ Hess, Richard S., Studies in the personal names of Genesis 1-11 (1993), p. 69.