🔼The name Eliam: Summary
- God Of The People, God Is Kinsman
- From (1) the word אל ('el), God, and (2) the noun עם (am), a people or kinsman.
🔼The name Eliam in the Bible
There are two men named Eliam in the Bible:
🔼Etymology of the name Eliam
The name Eliam consists of two elements. The first part comes from the name אל ('el), which belonged to the prominent Canaanite deity whose name became applied to the God of Israel, or else the common abbreviation of Elohim, the genus God:
In names אל ('el) usually refers to אלהים ('elohim), that is Elohim, or God, also known as אלה ('eloah). In English, the words 'God' and 'god' exclusively refer to the deity but in Hebrew the words אל ('l) and אלה ('lh) are far more common and may express approach and negation, acts of wailing and pointing, and may even mean oak or terebinth.
The second part of our name is the noun עם (am), meaning a people or kinsman:
The verb עמם ('mm) probably expressed to be inclusive or comprehensive. Its rare uses in the Bible relate to making secrets or making info available to an in-crowd. Preposition עם ('im) means 'with', מעם (me'im) means 'from', and עמה ('umma) means 'beside'. Noun עם ('am) means a people, ranging from all of mankind to the in-crowd of a small village. Noun עם ('am) refers to one's (paternal) kinsman.
For a meaning of the name Eliam, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads God Of The People. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has God's People. And BDB Theological Dictionary proposes God Is Kinsman.