Origin of jehovah
- Blend of the letters of the Tetragrammaton and, with modification, the vowels of Adonai
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Continuing earlier Iehoua. In English, the name is first attested in 1530, in Tyndale's Bible: I appeared vnto Abraham Isaac and Iacob an allmightie God: but in my name Iehouah was I not knowne vnto them (Exodus 6:3). Tyndale used Iehouah instead of Wycliffe's Adonay. The KJV also has JEHOVAH in this verse specifically, while it uses LORD otherwise. Young's Literal Translation (1898) has Jehovah. The New King James Version (1982) has LORD.
- Transliteration of Hebrew יְהֹוָה, the Masoretic vocalization of the Biblical Hebrew יהוה. The Masoretic vocalization is a so-called qeri perpetuum, the deliberate insertion of the vowels of another word than the one represented by the consonant text, in this case אֲדֹנָי (“my lord”).