🔼The name Milalai in the Bible
The name Milalai occurs only once in the Bible. Nehemiah mentions Milalai among the Levites who partook in the musical element of the dedication festival of the rebuilt wall of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 12:36).
🔼Etymology of the name Milalai
The name Milalai comes from any of the verbs מלל (malal):
The letter י (yod) upon which our name ends, may either create an adjective (malal-like or pertaining to malal), a possessive form (my malal), 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 Milalai, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names see in our name an adjective derived from the verb מלל I (malal I), meaning to utter or say, and read Eloquent. Jones also notes that the final yod may be a "sign of the Divine name" and adds: "i.e. the promise of the Lord".
BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't translate the name Milalai but does list it under the verb מלל I (malal I).