Meaning and Origin of: Gelder

Family name origins & meanings

  • English (Yorkshire) : occupational name for a person responsible for looking after oxen and castrated horses, from Middle Englishgeld ‘sterile’, ‘barren (animal)’ (Old Norse geldr) +herde ‘herdsman’, Old English hierde (see Heard).
  • Dutch : habitational name from the Dutch province of Gelderland or from Geldern in northwestern Germany (see Geller1).