First name origins & meanings:
- Middle English: Type of birch tree
- Old English: Revered one
- Old English: Old
First name variations: Aldus, Aldair, Alder, Alder, Eldred
Last name origins & meanings:
- Scottish and English: distinguishing nickname bestowed on the
elder (Old English ealdra) of two bearers of the same personal
name. It may also denote an elder of a Church, in the sense of a
senior and respected member of a congregation.
- Americanized form of German Elter, which has
the same meaning as 1.
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