The word Hanani (Hebrew: חנני Ḥănānî) means "God has gratified me", or "God is gracious".
Hanani is the name of four men mentioned in the Hebrew Bible
- One of the sons of Heman (1 Chronicles 25:4, 25).
- A prophet who was sent to rebuke king Asa of Judah for entering into a league with Ben-Hadad I, king of Syria, against the northern kingdom of Israel. Hanani was imprisoned by Asa (2 Chr. 16:7-10). This Hanani was also probably the father of the prophet Jehu, who rebuked Baasha, king of the northern kingdom (1 Kings 16:1-4, 7) and Jehoshaphat , king of the southern kingdom (2 Chronicles 19:1-3). The Pulpit Commentary suggests both "belonged to the Kingdom of Judah".
- A member of the priestly family of Immer, listed in Ezra 10:20 as having married a foreign wife.
- Probably a brother of Nehemiah (Nehemiah 1:2; 7:2), who reported to him the melancholy condition of Jerusalem. Nehemiah afterwards appointed him to have charge of the city gates.