Ancient Near East, Language, Book of Mormon, Names
Though the name Nephi conforms in some ways to common Semitic patterns, none of the possible consonantal roots that appear in Hebrew can be applied to the name. Other possible sources such as Ugaritic or Egyptian may be considered.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hoskisson, Paul Y.
"What's in a name?: Nephi,"
Journal of Book of Mormon Studies: Vol. 9
, Article 10.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/jbms/vol9/iss2/10