A 2018 BYU Studies article, “An Egyptian Linguistic Component in Book of Mormon Names,” represents another significant contribution regarding the apparent influence of the Egyptian language on Book of Mormon names. Here we have a plausible case that four names may each employ an Egyptian system for indicating descent, which may derive from the pin-tailed duck hieroglyph. Its usage and pronunciation could help explain the influences behind these names.
Abstract: There are several names in the Book of Mormon—such as Zenephi, Zenos,
and Zenock—that look as though they are composed of scriptural names
(Nephi, Enos, Enoch, and so forth) with different forms of a z-prefix
that might mean “son of ” or “descendant of.” This article proposes that
the names Zenephi, Zenos, Zenock, and Cezoram incorporate the names of
other Book of Mormon or biblical individuals and the Egyptian pin-tail
duck hieroglyph, represented by the morpheme se-/ze-, which denotes
filiation with these ancestors. If this hypothesis is accurate, it could
provide insight into some aspects of the structure of the language of
the Book of Mormon and could also reveal information about Book of
Mormon naming practices and genealogical lineages of the people who
received these names.
There’s quite a lot of analysis and some interesting surprises in this work.