Origin of the Name Holden
The ancient history of the name Holden
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Holden ia locational name and has a number of variants including Holding, Houlden, Howlden, Houlding and Howlin. Holden was an estate in the Parish of Haslingden, County Lancashire from where the main family of the name spread in early times. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland , Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Margota de Holdene who was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire, England , in the year 1379. An Oliver Holden, of Haslingden, was recorded in the 'Wills of Chester', in the year 1588. In Scotland an Alexander Holding was recorded in 1751. In Ireland the Holdens were a Welsh family called Huolyn (Howlin) who settled in County Kilkenny not long after the twelfth century Anglo-Norman invasion where they became Lords of Kilree in the Barony of Kells. Holden can also be a variant of the name Hoel, itself a variant form of the name Walsh.
The Holden coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Holden descendants.