🔼The name Hiel in the Bible
The name Hiel occurs only one time in the Bible. Hiel of Bethlehem was the unfortunate soul who chose to ignore the curse of Joshua concerning Jericho. Joshua proclaimed right after the miraculous destruction of Jericho that whoever would try to rebuild the city would lose his firstborn when he laid the foundation, and his youngest when he set up the gates (Joshua 6:26).
During the reign of king Ahab of Judah, Hiel of Bethlehem began to rebuild Jericho and, as foretold, lost his firstborn son named Abiram when he laid the foundation, and his youngest son named Segub when he set up the gates (1 Kings 16:34).
🔼Etymology of the name Hiel
The name Hiel is generally understood to be an abbreviated form of the name Jehiel. And both these names consist of two 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 second part of the name Hiel comes from the verb חיה (haya) meaning to live or have life:
For a meaning of the name Hiel, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names read God Lives. BDB Theological Dictionary has the similar but more correct El Lives.