🔼The name Meonothai in the Bible
The name Meonothai occurs only once in the Bible. He was a son of Othniel of Judah and father of Ophrah (1 Chronicles 4:14).
Possibly motivated by recent Scriptural discoveries, certain modern translations insert the name Meonothai also into the previous verse.
🔼Etymology of the name Meonothai
The name Meonothai consists of two elements. The first part of our name is a plural form of the noun מעון (ma'on), meaning refuge or habitation, from the unused root עון ('wn):
The letter י (yod) upon which our name ends, may either create an adjective (habitations-like), a possessive form (my habitations), or may be a remnant of יה (Yah), which is short for יהוה, which is the name YHWH, or Yahweh.
For a meaning of the name Meonothai, NOBSE Study Bible Name List sees the final yod as a possessive, and reads My Habitations. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names sees in the final yod a remnant of YHWH and proposes Habitations Of The Lord. BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of our name but does list it under the noun מעון (ma'on), meaning refuge or habitation.
Note that the term מעונתי (me'onothai) occurs once more in the Bible, namely in Job 37:8, where it's commonly translated with 'its dens' or 'its [living] places'.