26a) BAWS yamut-hamadi 'my beloved (child) has died' (118)
The Emar usage makes it likely that other BAWS onomastica used the root as well and that at least some of the names with simple mt or mut also refer to 'death.
In sum, the limitations on what a name can be said to mean are limitations on the linguistic intelligibility of BAWS names.
The study of the BAWS names has often proceeded on the assumption that the names are to be treated as of an order identical or similar to the isolated language material discussed earlier, the glosses and borrowings found in Mari, Amarna, and Ugaritian Akkadian and in similar smaller corpora.
Most BAWS names almost certainly derive from languages that have undergone the Northwest Semitic shift of initial w to initial y, but there is no way to determine if any given name that does not contain an initial w belongs to a Northwest Semitic dialect; any particular 'abdu + DN name, say, could belong to an initial w-preserving dialect.
Thus the BAWS names constitute a resource for the history of West Semitic but of a limited sort.
135) The contribution of the onomastic evidence is to provide support for the existence of West Semitic zmr 'to protect' in the second millennium; the BAWS names fit into a pattern established by Arabic and Old South Arabian and marginally also supported by Ugaritic.
160) An enduring theme of such reconstructions sees Amorite as a progenitor of Aramaic; there may be links between Aramaic and some pools of data within the BAWS onomastic material, but the special features of Aramaic are not found.
ni-ri 'yoke' is glossed BAWS hu-ul-lu (cognate to BHeb 'ol 'yoke,' 'ullo 'his yoke'; EA 296:38; DNWSI 843; Izre'el, IOS 18, 427).
For more BAWS imperative names, see SCCNH 13, 177, 182, 217.
Moran argues that there is no syllabic writing for the name of the ruler of Gezer who wrote EA 292-94; he takes the name as BAWS adda-danu 'Hadda has judged,' Amarna Letters, 335, 379.