When your child gets older, he may ask if he was named after the boy in "Catcher in the Rye.” Since Holden Caulfield is one of the most famous characters in American literature, that wouldn’t be such a bad thing. This solid name came from a surname that was derived from a place name meaning “deep valley.” Actress Mira Sorvino named her son Holden, but it also works as a middle name for some children of celebrities—Eric McCormack of “Will and Grace” named his son Finnigan Holden, while James Marsden of “Westworld” named his son Jack Holden.
Wondering who else shares this name? Check out these well known people who made this baby name famous.
- William HoldenActor
Popularity Trend Chart
Roll over the visual for detailed rankings by year.
Source: Social Security Administration
Not sure you have the perfect name? Search to add more baby names to your My Favorites list.
Name added. View your list