Elamite Names

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Elam lay to the east of Sumer, in the Zagros Mountains. Susa was its capital. The Elamites were one of the first cultures to adapt the Sumerian writing system to fit their own language. The region eventually became a satrapy in the Persian Empire. The story of Esther takes place in Susa. The Elamite language was used administratively in Susa and Persepolis during the Persian period. Susa was one of the royal cities during the Persian period. The other royal cities were Ecbatana, Pasargadae, and Persepolis. (2, 3, 4, 5)

Elamite Male Names

Asina (1)
Atamaita (1)
Martiya (1)
Umamaita (1)
Upadarma (1)


(1) Avesta.org.

(2) The Penguin Encyclopedia of Ancient Civilizations, ed. Arthur Cotterell, New York: Penguin Books, 1980, 1988.

(3) Zondervan NIV Atlas of the Bible, Carl G. Rasmussen, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1989.

(4) Concise Bible Atlas: A Geographical Survey of Bible History, J. Carl Laney, Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, 1988, 1999.

(5) The Ancient Orient: An Introduction to the Study of the Ancient Near East, Wolfram von Soden, Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1994.

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