Holder Family History
Holder Name Meaning
German: topographic name for someone who lived by an elder tree Middle High German holder or a topographic or habitational name referring to a house named for its sign of an elder tree. In same areas for example Alsace the elder tree was believed to be protective of a house. Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial name from German Holder ‘elder tree’. English: status or occupational name from Middle English holdere haldere heldere ‘tenant; servant retainer; laborer’ an agent derivative of holden ‘to hold’ (Old English healdan). Compare Helder English: in Yorkshire from a local pronunciation of Holdsworth .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press