What does Jaffa mean in Hebrew?

Asked 2 years ago

Why was a port in Tel Aviv named Jaffa, and what does it mean?

Seymour Sandoval

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Well, according to research, Jaffa is the ancient port city out of which Tel Aviv has now grown.

Legend has it that the city was named in honor of its original founder, Japhet - one of Noah's 3 sons who founded the city after escaping from the flood. The Hellenist tradition links the name to Iopeia, or Cassiopeia, mother of Andromeda. An outcropping of rocks near the harbor is reputed to have been the place where Andromeda was rescued by Perseus. Pliny the Elder associated the name with Iopa, daughter of Aeolus, god of the wind. The medieval Arab geographer al-Muqaddasi referred to it as Yaffa.

This is all according to research though. Also, as a girls' name, it is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Jaffa is "beautiful".

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