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What does Holden mean?

Holden /hold-en/ as a boys' name is pronounced HOHL-den. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Holden is "deep valley". Surname used as first name because of the hero of JD Salinger's 1951 novel "The Catcher in the Rye", Holden Caulfield.


Kreatif forms:
(male) Holdani, Holdenni, ..

(female) Holdenna, Holdna, ..

How popular is Holden?

Holden is an uncommon given name for males but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#940 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the birth name history of Holden for boys. Holden entered the list in 1980-1989 and reached its peak position of #288 in the U.S. in 2013, and is presently at #292. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Holden name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Holden outside U.S.

Similar Names


Holden is alike in pronunciation to Haldan, Haldane and Halden. Other recommended names are Alden, Belden, Boden, Bolten, Borden, Bowden, Cobden, Colden, Coldin, Collden (see Colden), Collen, Colten, Elden, Forden, Godden, Golden, Gorden, Hadden, Haden, Halen, Hallen, Halten (see Halton), Halton, Harden, Hayden, Hilton, Holman, Holmes, Horten, Howlen, Hylton, Jorden, Kelden, Kolten, Malden, Melden, Nolen, Roldan, Royden, Selden, Tilden, Walden, Welden and Worden. These names tend to be more frequently used than Holden.