🔼The name Gilalai in the Bible
The name Gilalai occurs only once in the Bible. It's the name of one of the Levite musicians who played on the "instruments of David" and followed Ezra the scribe during the ceremony of the dedication of the restored wall of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 12:6).
🔼Etymology of the name Gilalai
The name Gilalai comes from either of the two roots גלל (galal):
The letter י (yod) upon which our name ends, may either create an adjective (galal-like), a possessive form (my galal), or may be a remnant of יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh.
NOBSE Study Bible Name List appears to view this name as an adjective, and translates it with a stretched but elegant Weighty. Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) sees in the final yod a remnant of YHWH and proposes the curious Rolled Off Of The Lord. BDB Theological Dictionary does not interpret our name.