🔼The name Tel-melah in the Bible
The name Tel-melah occurs in one context in the Bible, mentioned by both Ezra and Nehemiah, namely as one of the places of exile from which returnees came who couldn't prove that their families truly originated in Israel, and who were subsequently handed their hats (Ezra 2:59, Nehemiah 7:61).
The Jews were sent home along with instructions and substantial means to rebuild the temple of YHWH in Jerusalem (and pray for the Persian king and sons while at it — Ezra 6:10) and it may be rightly assumed that there were fellow exiles whose families didn't come from Israel at all but who wouldn't mind partaking in the blessings of the Jews.
🔼Etymology of the name Tel-melah
The name Tel-melah consists of two elements, the first one being תל (tel), which is a mount formed from covering over ruins:
The second part of our name is the same as the noun מלח (melah), meaning salt:
For a meaning of the name Tel-melah, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names read Hill Of Salt. BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of our name and lists it under the noun תל (tel).