The Name of Gomer in the Antiquity

The Holy Scriptures reveal that Japheth, the first son of Noah, had 7 sons:

Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood. The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meschech, and Tiras. (Genesis 10:1-2)

cimmeriansThe name of Gomer, the firstborn son of Japheth, has been preserved in the history of the Antiquity. If we look at the following map, we will find a tribe called the Cimmerians. They had occupied the northern shores of the Black Sea before there were forced by the Scythians to leave. Concerning that event, which according to James Ussher took place in 639 B.C., we read:

After the Cimmerians were driven from their dwellings by the Scythian Shepherds (called Nomads), they left Europe and went into Asia. Following the coast to Sardis, they captured the entire city, with the exception of the citadel. This was the time when Ardys, the son of Gyges, reigned there. (James Ussher. The Annals of the World. Master Books: Green Forest, AR. p. 90)

Moreover, Bill Cooper, in his excellent book, After the Flood, refers to a few additional ancient cultures which were well acquainted with the existence of the physical descendants of Gomer:

At the time of the Babylonian Exile, the Jews knew them as the tribes that dwelt in the ‘uppermost parts of the north’ (Ezekiel 38:6). The Assyrians referred to them as the Gimirraya. Esarhaddon (681-668 BC) records his defeat of the Gimirrai; whilst King Ashurbanipal tells us in his records of the Cimmerian invation of Lyida … in the days of the Lydian king Gugu around the year 600 BC (Bill Cooper. After the Flood. New Wine Press: Chichester, England. p. 199)

Furthermore, the name of Gomer has been preserved by one of the Celtic tribes, which ultimately settled in Britain, namely the Welsh. David McDowall explains:

These Celts, called Welsh, by the Anglo-Saxons, called themselves cymry, ”fellow countrymen”. (David McDowall. An Illustrated History of Britain. Pearson Education Limited: Essex, England. p. 18)

The significance of this name lies in the fact that to this very day the Welsh people are called Cymry. All these aforementioned historical facts concerning physical descendants of Gomer, the first son of Japheth, add credibility to the Book of Genesis.