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Calder

Calder comes from an English and Scottish surname though with two very different origins. The first is that it comes from a place name in Cumbria, deriving its name from a nearby river, possibly made up of Welsh caled (hard) and dwfr (water, stream) both derived from a PIE source, so the name essentially means “hard water” likely in reference to the turbulent waters of the river. The second meaning it that it is made up of Old Norse kalfr “calf” + dalr (dale, valley) essentially meaning “calf valley”, likely referring to a place where cows grazed.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Kalder (English)

 

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