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 "Rate the Previous Signature!".
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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