Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Verse 1 (Proverbs 22:1)

A good name - שם shem , a name, put for reputation, credit, fame. Used nearly in the same way that we use it: "He has got a name;" "his name stands high;" for "He is a man of credit and reputation." טבא toba , καλον , hamood , and bonum , are added by the Chaldee, Septuagint, Arabiac, and Vulgate, all signifying good or excellent.

Is rather to be chosen than great riches - Because character will support a man in many circumstances; and there are many rich men that have no name: but the word of the man of character will go farther than all their riches.

- Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible