Early-attested site in the Parish of Kempsey
- Houdene 1320 Pat
- Houdon 1327 SR
- Howdens 1444 HMCx
- Holden c.1830 O
This is apparently a purely manorial name. It takes its rise from a grant by the Bishop of Worcester (c. 1305) to one Adam of Howeden . The modern form is in part an inverted spelling, due to the common development of old to owd , and in part a vulgarism such as is dealt with by Wyld, Colloquial English 290.