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Gender: Male Meaning of Holden: "hollow valley" Origin of Holden: English Holden's Popularity in 2017: #242

The name Holden is a boy's name of English origin meaning "hollow valley". Holden is ranked #242 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Literary Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Would you rather?".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Holden

Holden Bowler, American athlete, singer and businessman
Holden Furber, American historian
Holden Chester Richardson, U.S. Navy aviator
Holden Álvaro Roberto, Angolan activist and politician
(Herbert) Holden Thorp, American chemist
Holden John Seguso (b. 1988), son of tennis players Robert and Carling Bassett Seguso
Holden Richard Schroder (b. 1992), son of actor Rick Schroder
Holden John Dorough (b. 2003), son of singer Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys
Holden Fletcher Fraser (b. 2004), son of actor Brendan Fraser
Holden Paul Terry Backus (b. 2009), son of actors Mira Sorvino and Christopher Backus
Holden Everett Ladwig (b. 2009), son of pair skater Mark Ladwig
Holden Robert Jahangiri (b. 2013), son of actress Kate Levering and businessman Reza Jahangiri
Jack Holden Marsden (b. 2001), son of actor James Marsden
Finnigan Holden McCormack (b. 2002), son of actor Eric McCormack and Janet Holden

Pop Culture References for the name Holden

Holden Caulfield, main character in 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 American 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 DisneyChannel's "Liv and Maddie"
Holden Matthews, character on Freeform's "Beyond"
Holden Carver, main character in the DC/Wildstorm Sleeper comics
Holden, Australian automaker
Thomas "Holden" Worther, character in the movie "The Good Girl"
Holden Radcliffe, character in the Marvel TV series "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
Holden, character in American Horror Story season 5
Holden Ford, character in the Netflix series "Mindhunter"