Meaning and Name Origin
Holden \ho(l)-den\ as a boys' name is pronounced HOHL-den. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Holden is "deep valley". The hero of JD Salinger's novel "The Catcher in the Rye" is named Holden Caulfield.
Holden is an uncommon given name for males but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#919 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Holden for boys. Holden entered the list in 1990 and reached its peak position of #288 in the U.S. in 2013, and is presently at #292. (2014 Birth Statistics)