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Ahlai meaning

אחלי

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🔼The name Ahlai: Summary

Meaning
O Would That!, Ah My Desire! Ah For Yah's Sake!
Etymology
From (1) the verb אחל ('hl), which probably expressed an outburst of desire, and possibly (2) יה (yah), the name of the Lord.

🔼The name Ahlai in the Bible

Most sources will state that Ahlai is a male's name only, and occurs twice, namely as the father of Zabad, one of king David's might men (1 Chronicles 11:41), and as the son of Sheshan (1 Chronicles 2:31). But the word ben, usually meaning son, may also be used to indicate general offspring, including daughters (see the name Ben). In 1 Chronicles 2:34 it says that Sheshan had no sons, only daughters, and so this Ahlai must be female.

🔼Etymology of the name Ahlai

The name Ahlai is proposed to come from an unused root אחל ('hl):

Excerpted from: Abarim Publications' Biblical Dictionary
אחל

What the unused verb אחל ('hl) may have meant isn't clear, but from it derives the expletive אחלה ('ahlah), meaning "ah that ... !".

The letter י (yod) upon which our name ends, may either create an adjective (such-and-such-like), a possessive form (my such and such), or may be a remnant of יה (Yah), which is short for יהוה, which is the name YHWH, or Yahweh.

All and all it's pretty safe to conclude that the name Ahlai expresses a heartfelt wish.

🔼Ahlai meaning

In an attempt to translate this name, BDB Theological Dictionary reads O! Would That!. NOBSE Study Bible Name List has the similar O Would That!. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names offers the positively cryptic Oh That! Would To God!