Holden - boys name

Holden name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 74%

Holden name meaning:

The name Holden is of English origin and has a rich history. It is derived from an Old English surname, "Halden," which means "hollow valley." The name signifies a person who comes from a place or lives in a valley or depression in the land. Holden is often associated with nature and the serenity that can be found in such landscapes.

In addition to its literal meaning, the name Holden also carries connotations of resilience and strength. Just as a valley can provide protection from harsh weather conditions, a person named Holden may be seen as someone who can weather the storms of life and emerge stronger. This name has gained popularity due to its association with the protagonist in J.D. Salinger's novel "The Catcher in the Rye," Holden Caulfield. The character is often interpreted as a symbol of rebellion and a search for authenticity, giving the name a sense of individuality and nonconformity.

Overall, the name Holden evokes images of natural beauty, tranquility, and inner strength, making it a meaningful and captivating choice for a boy.

Origin: German

Kindly, gracious.



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Overall UK ranking: 1250 out of 4789

21 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (1265)

Historical popularity of Holden

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