Canaan is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin. It’s an anglicisation of the Hebrew name Kena'an, which derives from the word kena, meaning “to be brought down by a heavy load.” By extension, it means “humble” or “subdued,” and can also mean “merchant.” In the Hebrew Bible, Canaan was a son of Ham and a grandson of Noah who founded the Canaanite tribe. They settled in the land of Canaan, which later conquered by Israel. This name has a long and fascinating history, and its meaning may remind baby to be humble when necessary, while still knowing their worth.
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