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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 (b. 2009), son of actors Mira Sorvino and Christopher Backus
Holden Fletcher Fraser, son of actor Brendan Fraser
Holden Schroder, son of actor Rick Schroder
Holden John Dorough (b. 2003), son of singer Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys
Holden Robert Jahangiri (b. 2013), son of actress Kate Levering and businessman Reza Jahangiri
Holden John Seguso (b. 1988), son of tennis players Robert and Carling Bassett Seguso
Finnigan Holden McCormack (b. 2002), son of actor Eric McCormack and Janet Holden
Jack Holden Marsden (b. 2001), son of actor James Marsden
Brian Holden, American actor/singer

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"