Ahinoam is a Hebrew name literally meaning brother of pleasantness, thus meaning pleasant.
There are two references in the Bible to people who bear that name:
- A daughter of Ahimaaz, who became a wife of Saul and the mother of his four sons and two daughters.
- A woman from Jezreel, who was captured by David while he was at war with Saul, and became David's wife, and the mother of Amnon.
It is possible that both of these women named Ahinoam to be different accounts of the same woman, as the references to a woman called Ahinoam being Saul's wife are all ascribed by textual scholars to the account of the republican source of the Books of Samuel, while in the passages ascribed to the monarchial source, the only mention of a woman called Ahinoam is the description of her as a wife of David.