The question arises from research I have been conducting into Jesse, who came from Bethlehem in Judah, and who was the father of David.
1 Sam 17:12 (JPS): Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Beth-lehem in Judah, whose name was Jesse; and he had eight sons; and the man was an old man in the days of Saul, stricken in years among men.
I would like to know if the name Jesse means "King" or "God's gift" (according to Wikipedia) since it was his son David who was anointed to replace Saul as king over Israel. Also, is there a lexical-etymological link or similarity with the meanings of "Obed - Jesse - David"?
Linked to this is a claim made by a 12th century monk that "Jesse belonged to the royal family". Which royal family?