Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • English (Yorkshire) : occupational name for a person responsible for looking after oxen and castrated horses, from Middle English geld ‘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 Geller 1).