Milcah meaning | Milcah etymology

Discover the meanings of thousands of Biblical names in Abarim Publications' Biblical Name Vault

מלכה
Milcah in Biblical Hebrew
Milcah
Biblical female character
Browse Biblical names alphabetically

Search this site

This project depends on the support of readers like you.
Please help...

The name Milcah in the Bible

There are two Milcahs mentioned in the Bible:

  • The most famous one is the niece and wife of Nahor. This Milcah is the sister of Iscah and both are daughters of Haran, the brother of Nahor and Abraham.
  • The other Milcah is one of five daughters of Zelophehad, the great-great-great-grandson of Manasseh, the eldest son of Joseph (Numbers 26:33). Her sisters names are Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah and Tirzah.

Etymology of the name Milcah

The name Milcah comes from the noun מלך (melek) usually translated as king:

Abarim Publications Theological Dictionary

Milcah meaning

For a meaning of the name Milcah, BDB Theological Dictionary refers to the feminine noun מלכה (malka), meaning Queen, but adds a question mark. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names is more resolute and reads Queen without ado. NOBSE Study Bible Name List, surprisingly, goes with the rare secondary meaning used in Nehemiah 5:7, and reads Counsel.

עABARIMPublicationsFor the Love of the Word