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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Eld"er
Senses
  1. Older; more aged, or existing longer."Let the elder men among us emulate their own earlier deeds." [Jowett (Thucyd. )]
  2. Born before another; prior in years; senior; earlier; older; as, his elder brother died in infancy; -- opposed to younger, and now commonly applied to a son, daughter, child, brother, etc."The elder shall serve the younger." [Gen. xxv. 23.]"But ask of elder days, earth's vernal hour." [Keble.]

Etymology: AS. yldra, compar. of eald old. See Old

noun Eld"er
Senses
  1. One who is older; a superior in age; a senior.
  2. An aged person; one who lived at an earlier period; a predecessor."Carry your head as your elders have done." [L'Estrange.]
  3. A person who, on account of his age, occupies the office of ruler or judge; hence, a person occupying any office appropriate to such as have the experience and dignity which age confers; as, the elders of Israel; the elders of the synagogue; the elders in the apostolic church.
  4. [M. E. Ch] A clergyman authorized to administer all the sacraments; as, a traveling elder .

Note: ☞ In the modern Presbyterian churches, elders are lay officers who, with the minister, compose the church session, with authority to inspect and regulate matters of religion and discipline. In some churches, pastors or clergymen are called elders, or presbyters.

Etymology: AS. ealdor an elder, prince, fr. eald old. See Old, and cf. Elder (a.) Alderman

noun El"der
A genus of shrubs (Sambucus) having broad umbels of white flowers, and small black or red berries.

Note: ☞ The common North American species is Sambucus Canadensis; the common European species (S. nigra) forms a small tree. The red-berried elder is S. pubens. The berries are diaphoretic and aperient. The European elder (Sambucus nigra) is also called the elderberry bourtree Old World elder black elder, and common elder.

Etymology: OE. ellern eller, AS. ellen, cf. LG. elloorn; perh. akin to OHG. holantar holuntar, G. holunder; or perh. to E. alder n.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A person who is older than you are
  2. Any of various church officers
  3. Any of numerous shrubs or small trees of temperate and subtropical northern hemisphere having white flowers and berrylike fruit
  4. Used of the older of two persons of the same name especially used to distinguish a father from his son
Wiktionary
  1. A surname​.

Notable Persons Named Elder

Elder Roma Wilson is a gospel music harmonicist, singer, clergyman, list of harmonicists, singing, and clergy. He plays Harmonica. His career lasted from 1930 to 1930. Elder was born on December 22nd, 1910 in Hickory Flat, Mississippi.

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Elder Watson Diggs was a founder of kappa alpha psi fraternity, incorporated; public school teacher/principal, kappa alpha psi, and founder ofkappa alpha psifraternity. Elder was born on December 23rd, 1883 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. He died on November 8th, 1947.

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Elder was born on October 10th, 1914 in Vitovnica. Elder is also known as Tadej. He breathed his last breath on April 13th, 2003.

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Elder Vogel is a dairy farming. Elder was born on July 9th, 1956 in Rochester, Pennsylvania.

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Elder was born on March 9th, 1909. He died on July 25th, 1992.

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Élder is a soccer player for the CR Vasco da Gama, Santos FC, Esporte Clube Juventude, PAS Giannina F.C., Guarani FC, Kallithea F.C., Criciúma Esporte Clube, Lombard-Pápa TFC, and Atlético Clube Juventus. Élder was born on July 19th, 1976 in Presidente Prudente, São Paulo.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Elder

Pliny the Elder is a military commander, provincial governor, lawyer, author, natural philosophy, natural history, natural philosopher, naturalist, and (admiral of the fleet at misenum). Pliny was born in 23 in Como.

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Pieter Bruegel the Elder was an artist in the fields of painting and printmaking. Pieter was given the name Pieter I Brueghel in Breda or Breugel, Duchy of Brabant, Habsburg Netherlands. He passed away on September 9th, 1569.

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Larry was born on April 27th, 1952 in Los Angeles.

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Lucas Cranach the Elder was an artist in the field of painting. Lucas was given the name Lucas Maler in Kronach. He passed away on October 16th, 1553.

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Julia the Elder is royalty. Julia was born as the child of Augustus and Scribonia in Rome.

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Lorenzo was born as the child of Giovanni di Bicci de' Medici and Piccarda Bueri in 1395 in Florence. He died on September 23rd, 1440.

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How popular is the baby name Elder in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 8 0 8
1881 7 0 7
1883 5 0 5
1884 7 0 7
1886 7 0 7
1888 5 0 5
1889 6 0 6
1892 5 0 5
1893 5 0 5
1895 8 0 8
1896 7 0 7
1898 10 0 10
1899 13 0 13
1900 11 0 11
1901 6 0 6
1902 6 0 6
1903 5 0 5
1904 7 0 7
1905 9 0 9
1906 5 0 5
1910 11 0 11
1911 6 0 6
1912 19 0 19
1913 13 0 13
1914 25 0 25
1915 20 6 14
1916 28 0 28
1917 21 0 21
1918 33 0 33
1919 21 0 21
1920 25 0 25
1921 20 0 20
1922 22 0 22
1923 23 0 23
1924 38 10 28
1925 19 7 12
1926 34 5 29
1927 23 7 16
1928 21 0 21
1929 24 7 17
1930 8 0 8
1931 21 0 21
1932 17 5 12
1933 15 0 15
1934 14 0 14
1935 11 0 11
1936 14 0 14
1937 11 0 11
1938 6 0 6
1939 11 0 11
1940 14 0 14
1941 7 0 7
1942 15 5 10
1943 7 0 7
1944 10 0 10
1945 10 0 10
1946 6 0 6
1947 10 0 10
1948 9 0 9
1949 11 0 11
1950 11 0 11
1951 6 0 6
1952 7 0 7
1954 8 0 8
1955 7 0 7
1956 9 0 9
1957 5 0 5
1959 7 0 7
1960 7 0 7
1963 6 0 6
1964 5 0 5
1967 5 0 5
1969 7 0 7
1970 6 0 6
1971 9 0 9
1972 6 0 6
1973 6 0 6
1976 5 0 5
1977 5 0 5
1978 5 0 5
1979 7 0 7
1980 7 0 7
1981 7 0 7
1983 9 0 9
1984 7 0 7
1985 7 0 7
1986 15 0 15
1988 7 0 7
1989 11 0 11
1990 24 0 24
1991 14 0 14
1992 24 0 24
1993 19 0 19
1994 17 0 17
1995 22 0 22
1996 22 0 22
1997 23 0 23
1998 36 0 36
1999 32 0 32
2000 32 0 32
2001 28 0 28
2002 46 0 46
2003 39 0 39
2004 36 0 36
2005 40 0 40
2006 56 0 56
2007 56 0 56
2008 48 0 48
2009 41 0 41
2010 41 0 41
2011 35 0 35
2012 27 0 27
2013 29 0 29
2014 45 0 45
2015 32 0 32
2016 40 0 40
2017 44 0 44

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Popularity of Elder as a first name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Elder U.S.
  White 79.15% 64.26%
  African American 15.72% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.52% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.40% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.83% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.38% 16.26%

Of Last Name Elder

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Fun Facts about the name Elder

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  • How Popular is the name Elder? Elder is the 6,850th most popular name of all time. As a last name Elder was the 1,186th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Elder have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,972 babies born with the first name Elder in the United States. That's more than enough people named Elder to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Elder? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Elder first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Elder is Tuesday, March 8th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Elder born? The highest recorded use of the first name Elder was in 2006 with a total of 56 babies.
  • Random Elder Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Elder is not a popular baby boy's name in Maryland. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Maryland have the same name as you in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Elder: Your name in reverse order is Redle. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Reled. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Elder? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 29,796 people with the last name Elder.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Elder? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 10 of them will have Elder as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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