From Middle English healend, from Old English hǣlend (“Saviour, Christ”, literally “Healing One, Healer”), equivalent to heal + -and. Cognate with Dutch Heiland (“Saviour, Christ”), German Heiland (“Saviour, Redeemer”).
healand (plural healands)
- (rare, dialectal or obsolete) One who heals or saves; a saviour.
1867, Maximilian Schele de Vere, Studies in English:
- […] and the Saviour was to them touchingly, as he is to the Germans to this day, the Healand, the " Healing " one.
2011, Roy Blount Jr., Alphabetter Juice:
- The Old English word for Jesus was healend, one who heals, or the Savior.