🔼The name Elishah in the Bible
The name Elishah is assigned twice in the Bible:
🔼Etymology and meaning of the name Elishah
The name Elishah is a compound of two elements. The first part is אל, the common abbreviation of Elohim, the genus God.
The second part is identical to ישה (yshh), an unused Hebrew root:
Following this etymology, the name Elishah would mean God Supports/ Advances/ Makes Equal.
Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names sees the remnant of another unused Hebrew root ישה, meaning to set upright, to stand, but then veers off towards an inexplicable meaning that includes the verb ישע (yasha'), meaning to save:
In fact, for no discernible reason, the majority of translators seem to acknowledge no difference between the names אלישה (Elishah) and אלישע (Elisha), and go with an interpretation that Jerome once submitted: Dei Mei Salvatio, meaning God Is My Salvation.
Perhaps all assume that the name Elisha evolved into Elishah but the meaning didn't evolve along.