Recorded as Holden, Holdin, Houlden, Houldin, Howlden, and the dialectals Holdren and Holdron, this is an English medieval surname. It is locational and probably originally from the places called Holden in the counties of Lancashire and West Yorkshire, although similiarly named places may have existed elsewhere in the country. The derivation is from the Olde English pre 7th century words "hol", meaning deep, and "denu", a valley; hence, "deep valley". Locational surnames were developed when former inhabitants of a place moved to another area, usually to seek work, and were best identified by the name of their birthplace. Topographical surnames were easily created, as both natural and man-made features in the landscape, provided recognisable distinguishing surnames in the small communities of the Middle Ages. The early surname development includes William Holeden of Sussex in 1327, and Richard atte Holdene of Kent at the same date. Other early examples taken from early surviving church registers include Sarah Holdren, christened at St Dunstans in the East, Stepney, on May 7th 1689, John Holdron, christened at St Bartholmew the Great, city of London, on February 24th 1709, and Moses Holden (1777 - 1864), an astronomer, who constructed one of the first magic lanterns. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert de Holden. This was dated 1285, in the Assize Court rolls of Lancashire, during the reign of King Edward 1st of England, 1272 - 1307. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

Surnames reference. 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Holdin' Heaven — Infobox Single Name = Holdin Heaven Cover size = Caption = Artist = Tracy Byrd Album = Tracy Byrd A side = B side = Released = start date|1993 Format = CD Single Recorded = Genre = Country Length = 2:31 Label = MCA Records Writer = Bill Kenner,… …   Wikipedia

  • Holdin Out For Love (song) — Single infobox Name = Holdin Out for Love Artist = Cher from Album = Prisoner B side = Boys And Girls Released = 1979 Format = 7 single 12 single Recorded = 1979 Genre = Disco Length = 4:27 Label = Casablanca Writer = Snow, Weil Producer = Bob… …   Wikipedia

  • I'm Holdin' On to Love (to Save My Life) — Single infobox Name = I m Holdin On to Love (to Save My Life) Artist = Shania Twain from Album = Come on Over Released = July 2000 Format = Recorded = 1997 Genre = Country Length = 3:30 Label = Mercury Nashville Writer = Robert John Mutt Lange,… …   Wikipedia

  • No Holdin' Back — Studio album by Randy Travis Released September 26, 1989 …   Wikipedia

  • I'm Holdin' on to Love (to Save My Life) — «I m Holdin on to Love (to Save My Life)» Sencillo de Shania Twain del álbum Come on Over Formato Radio Single, Maxi Single Grabación 1997 Género(s) Country …   Wikipedia Español

  • Who's rootin' this cat? You're just holdin' the tail — You are not competent to comment on the matter …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • who's rootin' this cat? you're just holdin' the tail — Australian Slang You are not competent to comment on the matter …   English dialects glossary

  • Список кантри-альбомов № 1 в США в 1989 году (Billboard) — Кантри певица Рибы Макинтайр лидировала 13 недель с альбомом Sweet Sixteen …   Википедия

  • Winter Passing — Infobox Film name = Winter Passing image size = caption = Promotional movie poster director = Adam Rapp producer = David Koplan P. Jennifer Dana writer = Adam Rapp narrator = starring = Ed Harris Zooey Deschanel music = John Kimbrough, The Eagles …   Wikipedia

  • The Marshall Tucker Band — Marshall Tucker Band on July 4, 2006 Background information Origin Spartanburg, South Carolina, US …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.