I have a copy of a record of birth and circumcision >from the archives in
Odessa. According to two different translators, it shows the name of the
child's father as, in English, "El Gdalovich UMANSKY". I assume
Gdalovich is a patronymic. (My great-grandfather, Nachum UMANSKY,
referred, in a translated letter I have, to "Uncle Gedalia".) What kind
of name is "El"? Is it an abbreviation for a longer name? Or does it
have some other meaning? I have never noticed this question on JewishGen
before, and the discussion group archives search did not seem to allow me
to search a two letter word.
It could be an abbreviation of Eliezer, or Eliahu, although it is not a
custom in Russian.
On the other hand it could br a misspelling of those names.