🔼The name Hammuel in the Bible
The name Hammuel occurs only once in the Bible, and that merely in a genealogy. Hammuel is a son of Mishma and Mishma is a son of Simeon, the second son of Jacob and Leah, and the patriarch of one of the twelve tribes of Israel (1 Chronicles 4:26).
🔼Etymology of the name Hammuel
The name Hammuel consists of two (or rather three) elements, the final one being אל (El), either the prominent Canaanite deity whose name became applied to the God of Israel, or the common abbreviation of Elohim, the genus God:
The first element of our name is probably the word חם (ham or hom), meaning hot or heat, from the verb חמם (hamam), meaning to be hot:
The letter ו (waw) in the middle is a bit of a mystery. BDB Theological Dictionary seems to suggest that our name exists in Sabean also, but in the form חמאל (Hamel), which could translate as Heat/Anger Of God. Normally a waw serves as particle of conjunction, which can usually be translated with "and," but it may also be used to mean "so" or "therefore".
The name Hammuel seems to express a complex idea; an idea in which the deity is juxtaposed with man's most primal emotions. Perhaps Hammuel means [Man has] Passions And Thus [Needs] God, or (if we take our name from the verb חמה) A Protection in God slash God Protects.
For a meaning of the name Hammuel, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Anger Of God. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has the slightly more daring Heat Of God. BDB Theological Dictionary declares the meaning of our name an unsolved mystery, but does list it under the verb חמם (hamam), meaning to be hot.