🔼The name Melea: Summary
- From the verb מלא (male'), to be full.
🔼The name Melea in the Bible
The name Melea (or rather Meleas in Greek) occurs only once in the Bible. The evangelist Luke mentions him in his genealogy of Christ, as the father of Eliakim and the son of Menna, the great-grandson of king David through Nathan (Luke 3:31).
🔼Etymology of the name Melea
The genealogy of David through Nathan isn't contained in the Old Testament but we can be sure that Meleas is a Greek transliteration of a Hebrew name. And the origin of that Hebrew name most probably can be traced to the following word cluster:
The root מלל (malal) relates to the cycle of harvest, storage and redistribution. Various derivative forms emphasize the various stages: the severing of something from its natural origin, or its subsequent storage in dedicated facilities, or the redistribution or overflowing from those facilities.
Verb מלל (malal) may be used to mean to utter or say (and the speaking of the mouth equals the overflowing of the heart). Noun מלה (milla') describes an uttering. Noun מלילה (melila) describes an ear of wheat.
This verb may also emphasize the languishing and withering of whatever was cut off, in which case it has a more common by-form, namely אמל ('amal). Adjectives אמלל ('amelal) and אמלל ('umlal) both mean feeble.
This verb may also be used to mean to circumcise, in which case it has a more common by-form, namely מול (mul). This latter verb comes with a second by-form, namely מהל (mahal), which actually mostly means to weaken.
The verb מלא (male') means to be full, speaking mostly of a storage facility that's been filled with whatever was extracted from the land that produced it. It may also describe a river that's overflowing, or a person who acts from the contents of his heart. Nouns מלא (male') and מלאה (mele'a) mean fullness.
Nouns מלאה (millu'a) and מלאת (mille't) denote the filling of gold with jewels and nouns מלא (millu') and מלוא (millu') describe a setting or installing of monumental stones or the ordination of priests.
The name Melea would spell in Hebrew probably as מלוא and has probably to do with the verb מלא (male'), meaning to be full. In that case, the name Melea would mean Fullness or Fulfilment.