(villagers), The descendants—the six in order—of Canaan the son of Ham (Genesis 10:17; 1 Chronicles 1:15). We first encounter the actual people of the Hivites at the time of Jacob’s return to Canaan (Genesis 34:2). We next meet with the Hivites during the conquest of Canaan (Joshua 9:7; 11:19). The main body of the Hivites were at this time living in the northern confines of western Palestine—”under Hermon, in the land of Mizpeh” (Joshua 11:3)—”in Mount Lebanon, from Mount Baal Hermon to the entering in of Hamath” (Judges 3:3, comp. 2 Samuel 24:7).
Smith's Bible Names Dictionary (1866).