1. One of the sons of Noah. The meaning of the name is quite uncertain. In Ge 9:27 there is a play on the name
"May God enlarge Japheth, And let him dwell in the tents of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant."
Now these are the records of the generations of Shem, Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah; and sons were born to them after the flood. The sons of Japheth were Gomer and Magog and Madai and Javan and Tubal and Meshech and Tiras. read more. The sons of Gomer were Ashkenaz and Riphath and Togarmah. The sons of Javan were Elishah and Tarshish, Kittim and Dodanim.