Meaning: ruler of the people.
This was the name of a son of Herod the Great by Malthace, a Samaritan woman. He was educated along with his brother Antipas at Rome. He inherited one third of his father’s kingdom (Idumea, Judea, and Samaria, and so is called “king” (Matthew 2:22).
Because of their fear of him, Joseph and Mary turned aside on their way back from Egypt. Till a few days before his death, Herod had named Antipas as his successor, but in his last moments he named Archelaus.