Perets Mett <p.mett@...>
Lynne Shapiro wrote:
May I hazard an educated guess?
I cannot speak for Odessa but, in Poland, the name Elyohu (Elijah) was, in
spoken Yiddish, commonly contracted to "El-er" or "Ella". [I often call my
son, whose name is Shmuel Elyohu, "Shmulella"]
This being so, it is not inconceivable that a clerk would enter the first
name "El" for someone given the Hebrew name Elyohu. In general, Hebrew
names were not recorded on civil records.