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Holder 1
Type Surname
Usage English

Meaning & History

Not available.
Added 5/28/2012 by anonymous
Edited 3/23/2015 by Frollein Gladys

Holder 2
not set
Type Surname (from location, ornamental & from occupation)
Other Forms FormsHelder, Holderbaum

Meaning & History

1. German: topographic name for someone who lived by an elder tree. Middle High German holder, or from a house named for its sign of an elder tree. In same areas, for example Alsace, the elder tree was believed to be the protector of a house.

2. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from the German Holder “elder tree”.

3. English (chiefly western counties): occupational name for a tender of animals, from an agent derivative of Middle English hold(en) “to guard or keep” (Old English h(e)aldan). It is also possible that this word was also used in the wider sense of a holder of land within the feudal system. Compare Helder.
Added 4/17/2023 by Triepsyn