Usage Biblical Hebrew
Other Forms FormsAsalyah, Asalyahu, Atsalyah, Atzalyah, Atzalyahu, Azalyah, Azalyahu
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Contributor Contrib.Lucille on 4/9/2016
Means "Yahweh has reserved" or "Yahweh has set aside" in Hebrew, which some sources appear to believe indicates to a figurative meaning of "(being kept) near to God". The name is derived from Hebrew אָצַל (atsal) meaning "to reserve, to lay aside" (see Azel) combined with Hebrew יָהּ (yah) meaning "Yahweh". Also compare the Biblical Hebrew given name Esli, which appears to have the same etymological origin.This was the name of a character from the Old Testament, who appeared in 2 Kings 22:3 (also known as 4 Kings 22:3). He was a son of Meshullam and was himself the father of Shaphan the scribe.