Hebrew עָרְפָּה, of uncertain meaning.
The name of a minor character in the Biblical book of Ruth. Wycliffite Bible (1395): Orpha.
The name came into use in England in the 16th C, and was not much used outside of the Isles.
- Czech Republic
- ● 1358 Orphani (dat) chlumecky 345, p. 35
- Early Modern English
- ● 1541 Orba BarnstapleBap p. 2
Cite as: S.L. Uckelman. "Orpah". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2019, no. 1. http://dmnes.org/2019/1/name/Orpah.