Elder Family History
Elder Name Meaning
Scottish: distinguishing nickname from Middle English and Older Scots elder ‘parent; older senior person’ perhaps in some cases denoting the older of two bearers of the same personal name. It may have been used also to denote an elder of a church a senior and respected member of the congregation. Compare Senior . English: in southeastern England this may be a variant of Helder . Americanized form (translation into English) of German Elter which has the same meaning as 1 above.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022