Given Name HÉLDER

GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: Portuguese

Meaning & History

Meaning uncertain. It was borne by the Brazilian archbishop Dom Hélder Câmara (1909-1999) who was noted for his charity. It could be from the name of the Dutch town of Den Helder (possibly meaning "hell's door" in Dutch). Alternatively, it might be derived from the Germanic given name HULDERIC.
VARIANTS: Elder, Helder
Entry updated December 3, 2014