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Gender: M Meaning of Holden: "hollow valley" Origin of Holden: English Holden's Popularity in 2015: #291

Holden is a classic case of a name that jumped out of a book and onto birth certificates--though it took quite a while. Parents who loved J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye are flocking to the name of its hero, Holden Caulfield -- not coincidentally in tune with the Hudson-Hayden-Colton field of names. (Trivia note: Salinger supposedly came up with the name while looking at a movie poster promoting a film starring William Holden and Joan Caulfield, though other sources say he was named after Salinger's friend Holden Bowler.) Another impetus was provided by a soap opera character introduced in 1985.

Among the celebs who have chosen Holden are Brendan Fraser and Mira Sorvino.

In Australia, only a car-lover would choose this name, which is inextricably linked with the car-brand.

Famous People Named Holden

Holden Paul Terry Backus, son of American actors Mira Sorvino and Christopher Backus
Jack Holden Marsden, son of actor James Marsden
Holden Fletcher Fraser, son of American actor Brendan Fraser
Holden Schroder, son of American actor Rick Schroder
Finnigan Holden McCormack, son of American actor Eric McCormack
Brian Holden, American actor/singer
Holden John Dorough, son of Howie D., american singer of the Backstreet Boys

Pop Culture References for the name Holden

Holden Caulfield, protagonist of J.D. Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye"
Holden, character in James Patterson's Maximum Ride
Holden McNeil, character in "Chasing Amy"
Holden Snyder, character on the soap opera "As the World Turns"
Holden Strauss, character in the TV series "Pretty Little Liars"
Holden Spence, from the movie "Everyone Says I Love You"
Holden Maxwell, main male character in Kristen Ashley's The Gamble
Holden Messenger, character in Kiera Cass's "The Heir"
Holden Dippledorf, character in Disney Channel's "Liv and Maddie"