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What does Elder mean?

Elder Pronunciation of Elder as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Elder is "elder trees". Place name. In America, the name may refer to an ancestor with high standing in a Protestant church governed by councils of elders.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, trees, high (great)



(male) Eler, ..

(female) Eler, ..

Elder Rhodes (E.R.), ..

How popular is Elder?

Elder is an uncommon given name for men but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#1118 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Elder reached its top position of #893 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not listed currently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elder name in U.S.

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Which version is better?

Eldor is the only other prominent alternative form of Elder. Adoption of these forms of Elder was widespread 108 years ago (MEDIAN #1617).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elder, Eldor in U.S.

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Similar Names

Elder is alike in pronunciation to Walder and Wilder. Other recommended sound-alike names are Alger, Alter, Ander, Balder, Calder, Eaden, Eadger, Eber, Ebner, Edel, Eden, Eder, Eiden, Einer, Eizer, Elber, Elbert, Elden, Eldin, Eldis, Eldon, Eldred, Elemer, Elex, Elgar, Elger, Elie, Ellar, Ellery, Ellger (see Alger), Ellmer, Elmar, Elmer, Elmir, Elrey, Elven, Elvern, Emeer, Ender, Eudel, Eylmer (see Aylmer), Ezer, Heder, Hyder, Jader, Keder, Nader, Peder, Rider, Ryder and Ulmer. These names tend to be more frequently used than Elder.

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