[ 2 syll. hol-den, ho-ld-en ] The baby boy name Holden is sometimes used as a girl name. Its pronunciation is HHOWL-DehN †. Holden is used predominantly in the English language and it is derived from Old English origins. The name's meaning is deep valley, hollow in the valley. It is derived from the elements 'holh' meaning hollow, hole ; 'denu' valley. The first name is from a surname, which originated from a place name and could have been been given to someone living in such a location. The first name was taken up from the 19th century. It is today well known from the heroic character Holden Caulfield in the J. D. Salinger novel The Catcher in the Rye (1951).
Holden is popular as a baby name for boys, and it is also considered trendy. The name's popularity has been rising since the 1980s; before that, it was of very modest use only. At the recent peak of its usage in 2012, 0.058% of baby boys were given the name Holden. It ranked at #296 then. Out of all boy names in its group, Holden was the most regularly used in 2012. Holden has mostly been a baby boy name in the past century.
† Pronunciation for Holden: HH as in "he (HH.IY)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"