Noah -> Shem -> Aram -> Aramean people
Even if it would be an Armenian name there isn't a big difference. Let's say if we and the Armenians fought about identity. They say that we're Armenians-in-denial, we say we're Assyrians.
Armenian: "Aram Karam thinks he's from that extinct Assyrian people? lol
he should change his name."
There was an Aramean king named Hadad something. Haddad/Hadad is one of the most usual Christians last names in and around our area, are all of them Arameans?
The names have been in our areas for a long time and parents have named their kids those names.
Plus, as I wrote about our patriarch, they named him after the father of Mor Behnam. Mor Behnam and his sister converted their father King Senharib II to Christianity. The Syriac Orthodox church have a holiday on December 10th for Mor Behnam and his sister.
It's a good story.
The Assyrian Prince Mor Behnam
Summarized by Hanna Hajjar from an article by Dr. Amir Harrak.
This article is placed here because of the interrelation between the Kingdoms of Osroene and Adiabane, both being Assyrian Kingdoms, and allies, in addition this article talks about Mor Matay, a hermit who moved from Amid within the territory of Osroene to that of Adiabane and converted the royal family to Christianity.
Prince Mor Behnam and his sister Princess Sarra, whom the Syrian Orthodox Church observes their holiday on the 10th of December of every year, are the children of the Assyrian King Senharib II (about 372 A.D.), who ruled over Northern Mesopotamia.
The Syriac text on the icon says: Amiro Mor Behnam wu’Amirto Sarra, bnaye d’Senharib (Trayono) Malko d’Othur, am rakobe arb’een (Translation: Prince Mor Behnam and Princess Sarra, the children of Senharib [II] King of Assyria, with forty horsemen).
The story goes as follows: One day Prince Behnam was riding along with his forty Assyrian horsemen who constantly attended him, he pursued a gazelle as far as the mountain of Alfof, and climbed it to the very spot where the monastery of Mor Mattai stands now. Here the gazelle suddenly disappeared in a cave. On entering, the Prince saw an aged hermit, but no gazelle. On inquiring where the gazelle had gone, the hermit told him to sit down and listen to him.
The hermit whose name was Mor Mattai had come from Amid/Diyarbakir. During their conversation, the hermit introduced the Prince to Christianity, and mentioned to him that he processed miraculous power. The young Prince promised to believe and embrace the new religion, if the hermit could heal his sister Princess Sarra, who was suffering from a disease that was regarded as incurable. The old man promised to perform the act, and appointed a spot where the princess should be brought. Prince Behnam then left, and at the appointed time returned to the place named by the hermit with his sister Princess Sarra and his forty horsemen. They found the old man waiting for them.
When all was ready Mor Mattai struck his staff upon the ground, and a stream of water instantly burst forth. In this he ordered the princess to wash. She obeyed, and was healed, and from that time on that spring of water was called the spring of Sarra. Prince Behnam and his companions the forty horsemen instantly believed in Christianity and were baptized. His sister Princess Sarra also embraced the Christian faith, which has brought so wonderful a cure upon her. They then returned with joy to the city of Nineveh, and the hermit retired to his cave.
The change in faith of Prince Behnam and Princess Sarra, were not long concealed from their father King Senharib II, who was then influenced by the Zoroastrian Sassanians (a Persian religion). The King employed every means to persuade his children to abandon their supposed delusion. Prince Behnam was inexorable, and with great zeal urged his father King Senharib II to forsake himself the errors of paganism. The father then resorted to torture, and when this proved ineffectual, he ordered his son to be put to death. The son found some means to escape, and fled with his sister and his forty horsemen to a place now called Kara Qosh, about five hours East of Nineveh, where he was overtaken by his father, who ordered him and his company to be put to death. But before the command could be obeyed, the earth suddenly opened and swallowed them up. The King was shocked, and remained mute with astonishment, he then returned to his palace to mourn too late the loss of both his children.
It was not long before King Senharib II was attacked with the same disease, which had afflicted his daughter Princess Sarra. After trying every remedy in vain, his wife Queen Shirin convinced him to resort to the miraculous power of the old hermit Mor Mattai, who performed upon him the same miraculous cure which he had performed upon his daughter earlier, and with the same happy result of a change in his faith. Thus King Senharib II became a Christian. He now mourned afresh for the fate of his children, and determined, since he could not restore them to life, to do all that is within his power to honor their memory. He ordered that the earth to be opened where they were swallowed up, and the bodies to be taken out. They were then honorably reburied nearby, and a monastery, bearing the name of his son Mor Behnam was erected on the spot.
The icon of Prince Mor Behnam in front of his father’s Royal palace in Nineveh, was jointly painted by Hanna Hajjar and George Shamoun 1990.
The monastery of the Assyrian Prince Mor Behnam stands to this date, and is one of the most famous in Assyrian history. Nearby are seen the graves of the martyrs, and the burial place of the King is seen also at the door of the monastery. Before his death King Senharib II ordered the erection of another monastery to honor the hermit Mor Mattai, which still stands to this date, and is one of the most famous monasteries too.
Mor Mattai was originally a native of the area of Amid (Diyar Bakir), and fled to the Assyrian capital of Nineveh during the persecution of the Suryoye/Assyrian by Julian the Apostat (c. 361).
Prince Mor Behnam is considered the patron (or bringer) of fertility. Moslems associate him with “Khidr Elias” who is mentioned in the Koran. He is given the role of Tammuz the ancient Mesopotamian god of nature and spring. Thus he is venerated by men and women, (Christians and Moslems), seeking human or agricultural fertility.
Another name that Mor Behnam is associated with is Prince Mor Qardag who is also believed to be the son of King Senharib II too. It could be that both Prince Mor Behnam and Prince Mor Qardag are the same person, or they could be brothers.
The name Behnam (Beh-Nam) is in the Persian language and means “the Good Name”, corresponding to “Shem-Shafir” in the Syriac language.
In 1580 the Monophysite (Syrian Orthodox) Mefrian at the monastery of Prince Mor Behnam together with 12 Bishops sent a letter to Pope Gregory XIII, in which they expressed their loyalty to him. Eighty years following that move (c. 1660) the formal union with Rome was signed, and thus the monastery gave birth to another uniate church, the Syriac Catholic Church. As to the monastery of Mor Mattai, it remains to this date in the hands of the Syrian Orthodox Church.
There are "Arameans" with the last name Benham.