I believe that the story, as told to me by Larry May, goes like this. The family that adopted Holden woke one morning to go outside to find this young Indian boy holding onto the post of a gate. He had spent the night holding himself off the ground to protect himself from something or someone that was chasing him. The family had compassion on him, taking him, in as their own son, naming him Holden Gate May. Holden Gate for him “holding on to the gate” all night.