This name derives from the Hebrew name “yô'âsh”, meaning “Yahweh has given, given by the Lord”. In the Old Testament this name was borne by several characters including: 1) son of king Ahaziah and the 8th king of Judah. 2) son of king Jehoahaz and the 12th king of the northern kingdom of Israel. 3) father of Gideon. 4) a son of king Ahab. 5) a descendant of Shelah the son of Judah; either the son of Shelah or the son of Jokim. 6) son of Shemaah of Gibeah who resorted to David at Ziklag.