🔼The name Abimael in the Bible
Abimael is one of many sons of Joktan, the brother of Peleg (Genesis 10:28), and Peleg is the ancestor of Abraham. The Joktanites are the last mentioned Shemite generation before the tower of Babel is built.
🔼Etymology of the name Abimael
The name Abimael is a compilation of three elements. The first part is the familiar word אב (ab), meaning father:
The central part is the letter מ, which, when used as suffix, means from.
BDB Theological Dictionary reads A Father Is El, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads God Is Father, but both fail take into account the מ-particle. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes My Father From God.