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ARAN (ā'răn, Heb. ‘ărān). One of the two sons of Dishan, and grandson of Seir the Horite (Gen.26.28; 1Chr.1.42).

ARAN âr’ ăn (אֲרָֽן, wild goat). A son of the Horite clan head Dishan (Gen 36:28; 1 Chron 1:42). There may be a connection with the Jerahmeelite Oren (1 Chron 2:25).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

A son of Dishan, the Horite (Ge 36:28; 1Ch 1:42). It may possibly be connected with the Yerahmelite Oren (’-ren) (1Ch 2:25; compare Curtis, Chron. at the place; Dillmann, Ge at the place; ZDMG, L,168); Robertson Smith claims that this name is equivalent to the Samaritan (’-r-n), "wild goat" (Jour. Phil., IX, 90). J. Jacobs translates it by "ass" (Stud. Biblical Arch., 71). This is one of the many totem names in the Bible. More than one-third of the Horites, the descendants of Seir, bear animal names, and those clans of the Edomites connected with the Horites also have animal names. The very name "Self" means a "he-goat," and Dishan, "a gazelle" (Stud. Biblical Arch., 70-72). Gray, however, remarks that "the instance (Aran) is most uncertain" (HPN, 108).