🔼The name Giloh in the Bible
The name Giloh belongs to a village in the hill country of Judah (Joshua 15:51). Its brief rise to fame came when Ahithophel the Gilonite (a Gilonite — גילני or גלני — is someone from Giloh) became king David's most trusted advisor (2 Samuel 15:12). Its fall from grace doubtlessly coincided with Ahithophel's betrayal of his monarch in favor of prince Absalom, and subsequent suicide.
🔼Etymology of the name Giloh
The name Giloh may come from the verb גלה (gala), which means to uncover, or the derived noun גולה (golah), meaning captive or exile:
But the name Giloh is also spelled the same as the noun גלה (gulla), meaning bowl, basin or spring, from the root גלל I (galal), meaning to roll:
For a meaning of the name Giloh, NOBSE Study Bible Name List goes with the verb גלה (gala) and reads Exile. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names follows the same root and reads the overly elaborate Exodus Of A Great Multitude.
BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't translate our name but disagrees with both NOBSE and Jones and derives our name from the verb גיל (gil), which expresses joy or celebration, see above. According to BDB, the name Giloh would mean A Rejoicing.