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Alder

Alder comes from an English surname, a topographical name for someone who lived near an alder tree or a grove of alder trees. The word comes from Old English alor (alder) via Proto-Germanic *alizō deriving from a PIE root word meaning “red” or “brown”. Alder may also have originated from two Old English given names: Ealdhere meaning “old army” from Old English eald (old) and here (army), or Aethelhere meaning “noble army”. Alder could also be a variant spelling of Alter, a German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) surname meaning “old” from German alt.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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