🔼The name Allammelech in the Bible
The name Allammelech occurs only once in the Bible. It's the name of one of the villages that marked the territory of the tribe of Asher (Joshua 19:26).
🔼Etymology of the name Allammelech
The name Allammelech consists of two elements, but the sources do not agree on which two. The brilliant linguist Gesenius proposed that the first part of our name is a truncated form of the word אלת, which in turn is a variant spelling of the feminine noun אלה, meaning oak. It comes from the root-verb אלל II:
Other scholars (such as the learned body that produced the NOBSE Study Bible Name List), demand that the first part of the name Allammelech comes from the root-verb אלה ('ala II), meaning to swear or take an oath:
On the origin of the second part of the name Allammelech the sources agree: it comes from the familiar name-element מלך, meaning king:
For a meaning of the name Allammelech, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Oath Of A King. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names concludes Oak Of The King. BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't translate our name but refers to Gesenius' interpretation favored by Jones (albeit with BDB's signature question mark).