🔼The name Abdiel in the Bible
The name Abdiel occurs once in the Bible, in the genealogy of Gad, one of the twelve sons of Jacob and a tribal ancestor of Israel, who make their living in the area between Bashan to Salecah. Abdiel is the father of Ahi of Gilead (1 Chronicles 5:15).
🔼Etymology of the name Abdiel
The first part of the name Abdiel comes from the root עבד (abad), meaning servant or to serve:
The central yod may be seen as a possessive, but that forms the curious meaning of My Servant Is El. It's probably preferred to see this yod as a remnant of the grammatical form that expresses the third person plural: They Serve El. Or else, this yod is a remnant of יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton; the name of the Lord: YHWH. That would result in a meaning of Servant Of Yahweh Elohim, or Servant Of The Lord God (see the name Abdi).
For a meaning of the name Abdiel, BDB Theological Dictionary, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names and NOBSE Study Bible Name List all read Servant of God/ El.