Meaning and Origin of: Elder

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Middle English : Type of birch tree
  • Old English : Revered one
  • Old English : Old

Boy name variations

Family name origins & meanings

  • Scottish and English : distinguishing nickname bestowed on the elder (Old English ealdra) of two bearers of the same personal name. It may also denote an elder of a Church, in the sense of a senior and respected member of a congregation.
  • Americanized form of German Elter, which has the same meaning as 1.