Holden Family History

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Holden Name Meaning

English (mainly Lancashire): habitational name from places in Lancashire and West Yorkshire, both so named from Old English hol ‘hollow’, ‘sunken’, ‘deep’ + denu ‘valley’. Compare Holcombe. German: unexplained.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Holben, Howden, Colden, Holien, Hollen, Holder, Holten, Olden, Hole

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Holden Family Origin

Where is the Holden family from?

Holden Family Occupations

What did your Holden ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Holden occupation in the UK was Cotton Weaver. 6% of Holden's were Cotton Weavers. Cotton Weaver, Coal Miner and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Holden. A less common occupation for the Holden family was Agricultural Labourer.

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  • Cotton Weaver

  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Holden ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Holden Historical Records

What Holden family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Holden. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Holden census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1891 UK census records for Holden

Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Holden. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Holden. For the veterans among your Holden ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Holden Life Expectancy

What is the average Holden lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Holden life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Holden in 1940 was 37, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Holden

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Holden ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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