🔼The name Samlah: Summary
- From the noun שמלה (simla), mantle or robe.
🔼The name Samlah in the Bible
The one and only Samlah mentioned in the Bible was an ancient king of Edom, namely Samlah of Masrekah, who became king after Hadad of Avith and was succeeded by Shaul of Rehoboth (Genesis 36:36-37, 1 Chronicles 1:47-48).
🔼Etymology of the name Samlah
The name Samlah is spelled identical and pronounced nearly the same as the noun שמלה (simla), meaning garment:
The unused verb שמל (samal) probably meant to enclose or envelop (it does so in related languages). Noun שמלה (simla) describes an outer mantle or robe. This noun, curiously, also occurs in the form שלמה (salma), which has the two inner letters reversed and rather obviously resembles the familiar root שלם (shalem), meaning wholeness or peacefulness.
For a meaning of the name Samlah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads A Garment and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has the similar Garment. BDB Theological Dictionary does not translate this name but does list it under the root שמל (sml).