Elder Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Elder Family History

If you are conducting some Elder family history research then you can view the Elder coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and Elder surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


The name Elder in Ireland is usually of immigrant origin having been brought into the Province of Ulster by settlers from England, especially during the seventeenth century. The name means 'senior'. It is in Counties Derry and Donegal that the majority of descendants of this name can today be found.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Elder Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Vert/Green Signifies Hope, Joy and sometimes, Loyalty in Love
The Fess Denotes a Military Belt or Girdle of Honour
Crescent/Increscent Moon Signifies one who has been 'Enlightened and Honoured by his Sovereign'
Mullet/Star of Five Points Denotes Virtue, Learning, and Piety.
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