🔼The name Galal in the Bible
It's not clear how many different men named Galal there are in the Bible. Pretty much every commentary speaks of two, but here at Abarim Publications we are not so sure.
The first Galal we meet is one of the Babylonian returnees. He is mentioned in 1 Chronicles 9:15 as one of the returning Levites. One verse later we learn about a man named Obadiah, who is a son of Shemaiah, who in turn is a son of a man named Galal. It's by no means certain that this latter Galal is not the same as the first one. Nehemiah mentions an Abda, son of Shemaiah, son of Galal, who is possibly the same as the Obadiah previously mentioned (Nehemiah 11:17).
🔼Etymology of the name Galal
The name Galal is an expression of either of the roots גלל (galal), one of which means to roll, and the other to be great in rank:
The name Galal appears to mean quite literally High Roller. It contains both the meaning of being high in rank, and of a rolling. For a meaning of the name Galal, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads A Rolling. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes He Has Rolled Away, and explains this as the Lord having rolled away the reproach of Galal's parents (but this is obviously unsubstantiated conjecture). BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't translate or interpret our name but does list it under the verb גלל (galal), meaning to roll.