The surname ‘Holden’ originates from England. It is derived from the habitation name from places in the counties of Lancashire, and West Yorkshire, England, both called from the Old English word ‘hol’ meaning ‘hollow’, ‘sunken’, ‘deep’ and ‘denu’ meaning ‘valley’. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Holden’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the reign of King Henry III, were a ‘Robert de Holden’, from the county of Lancashire, England, is recorded. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definitely determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the first settlers was a certain ‘Richard Holden’, from Lindsey, Suffolk, England. He emigrated to North America in 1609, settling in Charleston, Connecticut, with his wife Martha. He died on the 6th of December 1681, leaving issue one son ‘Stephen Holden’, of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Today, ‘Holden’ is the ‘eight hundred and f… Coat of arms: Ermine on …
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