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Gender: M Origin of Elder: English word name

The name Elder is a boy's name . Elder and is often added to user-created lists like Quirky Cemetery Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Picky Parents - Sibsets Version".

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Anyone who's seen "The Book of Mormon" or visited Utah knows this as the title taken by male Mormon missionaries during their term of service. We'd advise anyone who lives somewhere with any significant Mormon population to avoid it for that reason.

That said, Elder does have some history as a boys' name, especially in Latin America, where the stress is on the second syllable. The "el-" sound has become extremely fashionable, so we wouldn't be surprised if this started climbing up the charts.

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Pop Culture References for the name Elder

the name may refer to an ancestor with high standing in a Protestant church governed by councils of elders.
Elder, a character in the Across the Universe trilogy by Beth Revis
A powerful group of Whitelighters (guardian angels) in the TV series Charmed are known as Elders.
The Elder Wand, one of the Deathly Hallows in Harry Potter
The Elder Scrolls, a game franchise from Bethesda
The mormons in "Book of Mormon" are called Elders