It is a common polish translation for "son of Eli". Many such polish surname
suffixes, like -ski, mean "son of."
Another mystery solved involved a given name. When I saw the name of a
Holocaust survivor named Izraela Terner, I though it was a girl. While I don't
recall the language, I was told it meant "son of Izrael." I knew of my great
uncle Izrael Terner; not the names of his children.
Names have very interesting meanings, especially in different cultures and