The Name: “YHUH” or “YHWH”

Presented by Samuel Thompson, Teaching-Overseer and Shaliach to the Nations

The English alphabet contains the three letters U, V, & W. The SOUNDS of V & W are rather NEW, but still the U, V, & W are closely related to each other. They are derived from the SAME SOURCE, coming to the modern world directly from the sixth letter of the ancient Hebrew Alef-Bet (alpha-bet); a letter commonly expressed today as WAW. But, the letters V & W are new developments, and are mutations of what began as a Hebrew letter, then went into Greek, and finally Latin. The original Hebrew shape was Y; the Greek shape was also Y, and called UPSILON; the Latin dropped the stem, and became V, but still was sounded as a double “O” (oo) as in “school”, and better understood as the sound of the modern English letter, U. To the Orthodox and Chasidim, the word for school is SHUL (Yiddish). The Hebrew Uau became the Greek letter Upsilon, and sounded like the “U” in HALLELU YAH.


Our letters U, V, and W came from the sixth letter of the ancient Hebrew alef-bet, a letter shaped: Y (yet it is not our modern letter that looks like this). This Hebrew letter became the Greek letter UPSILON, also shaped Y. The Latin form of this letter dropped the stem, changing the shape to V, but keeping the sound “OO” as in our modern “U”. Within the last 700 years, this letter shaped “V” with the sound of “OO” developed into our modern letters U and W. Please verify this using online encyclopaedias and other sources. The Tetragrammaton is therefore more accurately rendered as YHUH, standing for the 4 letters YOD-HAY-UAU-HAY. Therefore YHVH or YHWH are not the correct rendering for the Tetragrammaton. Our modern letters U, V, and W are all derived from one letter: That letter is the Hebrew letter originally shaped Y. The Greek UPSILON maintained the sound and shape, but the Latin dropped the stem and it became shaped “V”. Our letter U was originally written as we now write “V”, which was a Latin version of the Greek letter UPSILON (written Y). The Latin form of this letter dropped the stem, and it became written “V”. The rounded form U began to gain in popularity in the late 1300’s, using the rounded shape within words, but using the V-shape at the beginning of words. The “V” shape originally had the sound of our modern letter U, but the labial sound of “V” (lower lip with upper teeth) is a rather new development; “via” was pronounced “uia”. Many sources still erroneously imagine the letter “double-U” (W) as they cite the sixth letter of the Hebrew alef-beth as “WAW”, when it should be more properly understood as the Hebrew letter “UAU”. The shape and sound of our modern “W” is not the same as the Hebrew letter, although the Hebrew is the origin of the letter UPSILON – Y – deriving from the Paleo-Hebrew letter having the same shape and sound. The Hebrew letter UAU (Y) is the source of our modern sound “U”. The letter “W” did not exist until it first appeared in certain words as a UU (double – U) during the 14th century. “Witch” was originally spelled “vvitch”. Click here to see the history of the W from Wikipedia From V and W developed into their modern sounds within the last 700 years from the Hebrew UAU and Greek UPSILON, both shaped Y.

The main confusion over these letters is caused by their modern shapes. What we read today as a “V” used to sound like our modern “U” as in You. Please verify this using several online encyclopaedias and other sources, because even the sources are in conflict on some of the details. The Tetragrammaton is therefore more accurately rendered as YHUH, standing for the 4 letters YOD-HAY-UAU-HAY. Letters are the building-blocks of language. They are like the individual notes of music, which when properly arranged will form a familiar melody. When properly arranged into words properly sounded, letters are the foundation of our thoughts, and give meaning to our speaking and writing. Many people are becoming aware that translators of Scripture have used modern, recently-invented letters to convey the sounds of words or names from older languages, and allowed the distortions of Greek to influence spellings. Because Greek has no “SH” sound, the Hebrew word SHEMITE became SEMITE (pertaining to the descendants of Shem). Another example is the letter “J”, having appeared around 1530 CE, developing from the Greek letter, “IOTA”. The use of the Greek IOTA was a desperate attempt to convey the sound of the Hebrew letter YOD. Reality must remain in contact with what we accept to be Truth; otherwise our Truth is not a reflection of reality. What are we to think of the modern letter we call “double-U”? The letter double-U (or just “dub”) doesn’t have a great deal of history to it. There are some who have strained to imagine this letter to have begun during the 7th century CE, when it first appeared by writers of Old English as a pairing of the letter U, (uu). The word “witch” was originally spelled vvitch (vv). The use of the double-u certainly didn’t begin to become popularized until the 13th century in any other languages. Slowly, a diphthong (dipping of the tongue) evolved in words using the combination eu (or ew), so other languages began to adopt it by writing it as vv (two v shapes). Still, the shape of “V” was pronounced as a “U” in English, but Germanic influences began to exert pressures, so this spawned the modern letter “V” that we all know and love. Please click here for History of the letter ‘V’ WAS THERE A LETTER “W” IN HEBREW? The sixth letter of the Hebrew alef-beth is best rendered as a long “u” sound. It can be heard in the phrase, “halleluYah” (spelled hay-lamed-lamed-uau-yod-hay). If we are to be consistent, from now on we should render the name of the Hebrew letter UAU instead of WAW.


If you perform personal research on a number of Hebrew words which use this letter (uau), you will come to a fuller understanding of how it is to sound. To use a modern letter to transliterate ancient Hebrew is corrupting, and misleading. This information is not intended to judge or bash anyone’s personal beliefs, and hopefully any reader who may be disturbed by it will be challenged to do further research on the subject. The distortions of this Hebrew letter over the centuries has caused most of the world to lose an accurate understanding of how to pronounce the Name of the Creator, and the Mashiach of Yisrael. The best way to examine whether or not the Tetragrammaton is YHWH, YHVH, or YHUH is to examine The Name from other languages that existed during the time of The Mashiach. Let’s look at the name of Judah or Yahudah in Greek.



Notice how the ‘U’ in the Paleo Hebrew is like that of the ‘U’ of the Greek Alphabet

Let us turn to the Scriptures, Tehillim (Psalms) 68:4 Sing to Eloah, sing praises to His Name. Raise up a highway for Him Who rides through the deserts, By His Name Yah, We see the Yah portion of the Name confirmed, also by the word HalleluYah. So there is no question on this. That the third letter is the “oo” sound, is confirmed by the names of the prophets that end in His great Name, which is typically yahoo just like the modern former premier of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu (the “yahu” part is vocalized as yahoo - ee-ah-oo). Yeshayahu Yirmeyahu Mattithyahu Known in English as Isaiah (Yahuah has saved) Known in English as Jeremiah (Yahuah will rise) Known in English as Matthew (Gift of Yahuah)

The fourth letter, the Hebrew “hey” is the only point of controversy, but we can easily see that the it is an “ah” sound from the word Judah or as it is in the Hebrew “Yahudah” and not Judeh or Yahudeh.


The only difference in the spelling of Yahudah and Abba’s Name in the Hebrew is the fourth letter the “dalet”. Drop the dalet the “dee” sound from yahu-d-ah and you have the name of the Creator which is Yahuah.

Yahudah is the tribe. YahuDah Yahuah is Abba’s Name. IN HEBREW Yod-hay-Uau-dalet-hay is the tribe. Yod-hay-uau-hay is the great Name or tetragrammaton.

Without the Dalet it is simply

This is Abbas Name made simple!

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