A name is said to be the first gift we give to a child. It can reflect our heritage, our passions, or even the characteristics we hope our child will display.
Some people choose a meaning and look for a name with that definition. If you’re wanting your child’s name to mean or convey strength, we have compiled this list of strong baby boy names.
100 Strong Baby Boy Names and Their Meaning
We searched, researched, and cross-referenced hundreds of strong boy names from around the world and across history. These are our top 100 powerful boy names related to strength.
Abelardo means noble and strong. It is the Spanish version of the French name Adelard.
Abelardo is sometimes shortened to Abe. Notable Abelardos include Abelardo Montalvo, the former President of Ecuador; the 43rd President of Mexico Abelardo Rodríguez; and Abelardo Fernández, the Spanish footballer and club manager.
A name of Hebrew origin, Abiri means my strength, my hero.
Abiri is rarely used in the U.S., so if you choose this name, your little one is unlikely to bump into another Abiri while on home soil. It is considered a unisex name.
Absko is a masculine boy name of Kenyan origin. It means power and strength.
Pronounced ABS – CO, this name is a good choice if you want to give your son a name that has its roots in Kenyan ancestry.
Abir is a Hebrew name which means strong, courageous, mighty.
This name may be best translated as protector or shield (1). Abir is also a unisex Arabic name meaning scent, perfume.
Aimilios is a name of Greek origin that means strength.
It is thought to have the same roots as Emilia and Emily, so it could be a good choice if you chose one of those names and were surprised by a boy.
An ancient Greek name, Alcibiades means strength.
Alcibiades was a Greek general and statesman who was known for switching his allegiances from Athens to Sparta and then back to Athens again during the Peloponnesian War.
Aldric is a French name of Germanic origin meaning strong, mighty, ruler.
Aldric La’auli Porter is a film director and producer who has worked on movies such as The Hunger Games and A Beautiful Mind. You may see Aldric spelled as Aldrich and this second spelling is also seen as a surname.
This name which means defender of man is largely considered a Scotland name, although it is Greek in origin.
While it doesn’t directly translate to strength, being a defender of man is a powerful thing. The name is a popular one and lends itself to all sorts of great nicknames, including Zander, Xander, Zan, Lex, or Alex.
A name that is popular in Scandinavian countries, Anders means strong and manly.
Anders is an excellent choice if you have ancestry which ties your family to Denmark, Sweden, or other Scandinavian countries, as it is unusual, but simple to pronounce.
Andreas is an ancient Greek name that remains popular today. It means strong, manly.
Several Christian churches celebrate the Feast Day of the Holy Apostle Andreas on November 30th each year. Andreas is also the patron saint of marriage and female fertility.
Andrew is an English name with a literal meaning of manly, strong, warrior.
Andrew was consistently in the top ten U.S. boys’ names in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The name first became popular in the Medieval period after the Christian Bible was translated into English and Andreas became anglicized.
Angus is an Anglicized form of Aonghus and Aengus, the Gaelic name, meaning force, strength, energy.
Most often associated with Scotland, Angus is the name of an ancient Pictish King who ruled over the area of the same name. This part of Scotland is on the East Coast and is home to the famous Angus cattle. In television, Angus was the first name of MacGyver, the popular character who could seemingly get out of any situation with his Swiss Army knife, ingenuity, and a roll of duct tape.
A name of English origin, Armstrong means strong arms.
Armstrong is an example of the recent trend of taking a fairly common surname and using it instead as a first name.
Arne is a short form of the name Arnold, meaning eagle power.
This is a good option if you have older relatives named Arnold you would like to honor, but you don’t want to use the traditional version.
This is the Spanish and Italian version of the Greek name Arsenios, meaning strong, virile.
Rarely used in the U.S., Arsenio made a brief appearance on the top 1,000 baby names list between 1988 and 1990, likely due to the popular television host Arsenio Hall.
Autry is derived from the ancient Anglo-Saxon name Æðelþryð meaning noble strength.
The emergence of Autry as a boys’ name is a recent phenomenon. It is traditionally used as a girls’ name, a form of Audrey. People may be familiar with the name because of Gene Autry, who was known as The Singing Cowboy.
Ayele is an Amharic name from Ethiopia, meaning powerful.
Amharic is considered sacred by Rastafarians, many of whom learn it as a second language. Some reggae artists have released songs sung in Amharic.
Azaiah is a Hebrew name which means my strength is Yahweh.
Pronounced A-Zi-Yah, the name can be found multiples times in the Christian Old Testament, the Muslim Qoran, and the Jewish Tanakh.
Aziel is a Hebrew name that means God is my strength.
Urban Dictionary lists Aziel as someone who is smart, funny, flirtatious, but can also be a bit cocky (2).
Aziz is derived from the Arabic عزّ (‘Azza) which means to be powerful.
In Islamic tradition, al-‘Aziz is one of the 99 names of Allah. Aziz is used in many areas of the world, including Iran, much of central Asia, Turkey, Pakistan, and India.
Baldric is derived from the Germanic elements bald which means bold, brave and ric which means power, rule.
A baldric is also a kind of belt that is worn over one shoulder and used to carry a sword or drum. Baldrics are still used, mostly as part of some military or ceremonial uniforms.
A common boys’ name in Turkey, Barlas means hero, brave, chivalrous.
Barlas is also said to mean powerful in Pashto, which is spoken in Pakistan and is one of the two official languages of Afghanistan.
Barrett is a surname, Germanic in origin, which means bear strength.
Barrett has been in the top 1,000 boys’ names in the United States since 1954. It began to pick up steam in 2008 and has been used more frequently every year since then.
Benhail is a name of Hebrew origin meaning son of strength.
Benhail was a prince King Jehoshaphat sent, in the third year of his reign, to teach in the location of Judah.
The name Beren comes from Turkey and means strong, smart.
In Lord of the Rings, Aragorn tells Frodo the story of Beren, a human who fell in love with Lúthien, an elf. The names Beren and Lúthien appear under the names of J.R.R. Tolkien and his wife on their gravestone.
Another Germanic name, Bernard means hardy as, or strong as, a bear.
There are many diminutive forms of Bernard, including Bert, Bernie, and Barney. In the Netherlands, Bernard is shortened to Ben, and in Denmark, Bernt is the most popular short form.
Berthold is a German name meaning bright, strength.
Because of the differences in interpretation, and the ways in which languages develop and evolve, Berthold is also said to mean bright ruler.
Bidzil is a Navajo name meaning he is strong.
Elsewhere on the internet, Bidzil is also spelled Bidziil and Bidzill.
The exact meaning of Brian is in dispute. However, some believe it to come from the Irish Celtic root bri, meaning force, strength.
Did you know that Albus Dumbledore, founder and leader of The Order Of The Phoenix in the Harry Potter books, has Brian as one of his middle names?
The name is from the Old Norse word bugge, meaning powerful man.
Buggi is a by-name, which is a nickname or a phrase used after a name. So, if your name was Eric, and you were a powerful person, you would be referred to as Eric Buggi. It is from by-name use that surnames developed.
According to some sources, Chacha is a Kiswahili name from East Africa, meaning strong.
Kiswahili is a Bantu language spoken by roughly 80 million people across central and east Africa where it is used as the common language of trade.
Chasin is an ancient Hebrew name meaning strong, mighty.
Pronounced CHAH-sohn, there were only 11 boys given this name in the U.S. in 2018. You can be confident your child will be the only Chasin in their class at school.
Chanin is the English pronunciation of the Thai name, ชนินทร์, meaning strong person.
Between 1880 and 2018, the United States Social Security Administration recorded 312 babies born in the United States who were given the first name Chanin.
In Igbo, the name Chidike means God is strong.
Igbo is a language spoken by approximately 45 million people, predominantly in what is now known as Southeastern Nigeria.
Chukwubuikem is an Igbo name that means God is my strength.
Some people called Chukwubuikem choose to use Chuck as a shortened version. It’s a name people choose because they want to honor their ancestry, but also want to give their child the option of using an English language nickname.
Conall is an Irish name that means strong as a wolf.
Many legendary Irish rulers and warriors were named Conall. The ancient name of what is now the Irish county of Donegal was Tyrconnell, which means land of Conall.
Craft is a medieval German name meaning strong or courageous.
More commonly seen as a surname today, because of its meaning, Craft was a popular first name with knights in the middle ages. The first record of Craft being used as a surname is in Bavaria in the 14th century.
Daugalias is derived from the old Lithuanian words for much and power.
The “galias” part of the name has also been found to mean fierce, angry, or violent, remorseful, miserable, or sorrowful, as well as jagged, sharp.
Deandre is an American name that means many, strong.
Also spelled DeAndre, this name first appeared in the U.S. in the 1970s. It was around this time that adding “De” at the beginning of an older name, like Andre, became popular in the U.S.
Decebal means strong, powerful, brave in the ancient Dacian language.
Dacian was spoken by the people of Dacia in what is now known as Romania and Moldova. Decebal was the last king of Dacia, and a giant sculpture of his head can be seen in Dubova, Romania (3).
Denzel is a modern spelling of Denzill, which means from the stronghold in Cornish.
Often assumed to be a modern name, Denzill first appeared as a surname in 16th century Cornwall, England. It reached peak popularity as a first name in the U.S. in 1937. In the U.S., people know it because of actor Denzel Washington.
Drew is a shortened form of Andrew, the English name meaning manly, strong, warrior.
While traditionally seen as a boy’s name, Drew has become increasingly popular as a girl’s name. This is thanks, predominantly, to Drew Barrymore, who was named after her father.
Drudo is a medieval Italian name meaning strong, defender.
More often seen as a surname in Italy, Drudo is also a modern Italian word that means paramour, or lover.
Egon is a name with its roots in German, and it means strong with a sword.
As with many names, the exact meaning is debated. Some sources list Egon as meaning edge of a sword, while some say pointed sword. In some nordic countries it means goat.
Ejikeme is an Igbo name from western Africa meaning to use strength.
Ejikeme is more often seen as a surname, and in this form, it can be found all around the world, including in some of the immigration records on Ellis Island.
Elfried is an old German name meaning elf strength.
It is usual to find feminine versions of traditionally male names, but this is a rare instance of a masculine version of a traditionally female name. Elfrieda is a girl’s name most commonly seen in Germany and Nordic countries.
Enzi is a Swahili name that means powerful.
We could find nothing else about this name other than the definition, but it was such an excellent example of a strong boy’s name, we had to include it.
The name Eric has its roots in ancient Norse cultures and means ever mighty.
If you’re looking for a more common name for your child, this is a good pick. There are many famous Erics in history, including musician Eric Clapton, actor Eric McCormack, and actor Eric Bana.
Ethan comes from an ancient Hebrew name meaning solid, enduring, strong.
Most people are familiar with the English language pronunciation of the name EE-thən, but in French-speaking countries, it is pronounced EH-TAN.
Evander means both the good of man and strong bow warrior.
Evander is one of the rare names that evolved in two places, entirely separate from each other. It is both the Latin form of the Greek name Εὔανδρος, who founded the city where Rome now stands and the English form of the Scottish name Iomhar. Iomhar is the Scottish version of the Norse name Ivor, meaning strong, bow warrior.
Eyal is a Hebrew name that means strength.
As well as being a boy’s name, Eyal is also the name of a kibbutz in the central Sharon region of Israel.
Ezekiel is a name of Hebrew origin meaning God strengthens.
In the movie Pulp Fiction, Samuel L Jackson’s character, Jules Winnfield, recites the Bible verse Ezekiel 25:17. However, although the real Ezekiel 25:17 ends with “and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them,” the majority of the verse in the movie was written by Quentin Tarantino.
Fermin, a Basque form of Firmin, which means firm, strong.
The famous Running of the Bulls is part of the annual Festival of San Fermin in Pamplona, Spain. It commemorates Saint Fermin, who became a martyr when he was tied by his feet to a bull and dragged to his death.
Gabriel is a Hebrew name that means God is my strength.
Gabriel appears in the sacred texts of all three main Abrahamic religions — Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. He is said to be an archangel who, among other things, visits Earth and reveals or interprets the meaning behind a variety of visions.
This is an English version of the German name Gerard, meaning hard or strong, spear.
If you like the idea of this name, but not this example, diverse variations can be found all around the world. The Frisian diminutive form, for instance, used in what is now the northern Netherlands and northwestern Germany is Kai.
An ancient Anglo-Saxon name, Godric means the power of God.
Godric of Finchale was a medieval English hermit who was known for his kindness to animals. It’s said he hid a stag from hunters and allowed snakes to warm themselves beside him as he slept next to his fire.
Griffin is an anglicized version of a Welsh name meaning strong prince, or lord.
The original Welsh name, from which Griffin evolved, is Gruffud. This name was common among medieval Welsh royalty, so it may be a good choice for those who wish to honor their Welsh ancestry.
Haile means power, might and is an Amharic name most commonly used in Ethiopia.
Haile Selassie I was the emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. He brought his country into the United Nations, League of Nations, and made the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, the location of The Organization of African Unity, the forerunner of The African Union.
Hamza comes from the Arabic hamuza, which means strong, steadfast.
Hamza was the name of one of the prophet Mohammed’s uncles. He was renowned as an archer and wrestler and his story was recorded in the epic poem, Hamzanama.
Hariric is an old German name that means powerful, army, ruler.
It is also used as a surname but spelled Haririk rather than with a C at the end.
Meaning strong or strong deer, Honovi is a Hopi name.
The Hopi are a Native American people who live primarily in Northeastern Arizona. The Hopi language is spoken by over 5,000 people.
Ikemba is an Igbo name which means strength of a nation.
Ikemba Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu was a Nigerian military leader and politician who was the head of the secessionist state of Biafra from 1967 to 1970.
Imre is a Hungarian name that means strength.
Found mainly in Hungary, it is also used in Estonia, where April 10th is Imre’s name day. In some cultures, name days are when a saint with a particular name is celebrated.
Jabbar is an Arabic name meaning powerful.
Al-Jabbar is one of the 99 names of God in Islam and is also the Arabic name of the constellation called Orion in English-speaking countries.
Jarek is a Slavic name meaning fierce, strong.
Jarek is only occasionally used as a given name. It is more often the nickname given to people whose names begin with Jaro, such as Jaroslaw or Jaroslav.
Jashyia, or JaShyia, is an American baby name that means God’s strength.
This name is a blend of Ja and Shyia. Shyia is the phonetic spelling of Shia, a Hebrew name.
K’awiil is an ancient Mayan name meaning powerful.
The Mayans lived in what is now known as southeastern Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and parts of Honduras and El Salvador. K’awiil was the Mayan god of lightning.
Kenji is a name that means strong, healthy in Japan.
In the same way that Kenzo can have multiple meanings, so too can Kenji. However, in the case of Kenzo, the second syllable means three, or third, in Kenji the “ji” means two, or second.
Kenzo is a Japanese name that means strong, healthy.
Several different written Japanese characters, or kanji, make the sound ken and one makes the sound zo. Therefore, Kenzo could begin with either 謙, 健, or 賢 which mean humble, strong, and wise respectively.
A Chewa name from southern Africa, Limbani means be strong.
Limbani is used mostly in Malawi, although it is also found in Mozambique and Zambia. Interest has risen in other parts of the world since the name was given to a minor character in The Black Panther.
Magni comes from the old Norse word magn, which means mighty, strong.
In Norse mythology, Magni is the son of Thor and Járnsaxa. But in the Marvel universe, he is the son of Thor and the character Enchantress.
Malthe is a Danish name meaning power, rule.
The first documented use of Malthe is in the 13th century. It became an incredibly popular name in Denmark from the 1980s onwards, but is rarely used outside of the country.
Mandla means strength and is a name used by the Xhosa.
Mandla is often but mistakenly documented as being a name of the Zulu. IsiXhosa is a related but distinct language spoken by the Xhosa, a Bantu ethnic group of approximately 8 million people from southern Africa.
Ma’oz is a Hebrew name that means fortress, strength.
The traditional Jewish liturgical poem, Ma’oz Tzur, is sung after lighting the festival lights during the holiday of Hanukkah. Boys born during Hanukkah are sometimes named Ma’oz.
Maska is a Native American name meaning strong.
Some sources say the tradition among the majority of Native Americans was to decide on a meaning and use that as a name, rather than decide on a name and find the meaning.
An ancient Germanic name, Meinrad means strong counsel.
Saint Meinrad is a Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox saint who is known as the saint of hospitality. The area of Saint Meinrad in Indiana is named after him.
Montgomery is an English name meaning mighty man.
The exact translation of Montgomery is the Norman French phrase “Gumarich’s mountain.” Gumarich is an ancient German name meaning mighty ruler, or man.
Napayshni is a Lakota name meaning strong, courageous.
The Lakota is one of three main subcultures of the Sioux, known for their hunting and warrior culture.
This is a Latin name that means strong, vigorous, or powerful.
Although it’s an old name that was given to one of the most famous Roman emperors, it also has a contemporary, modern edge to it.
This name is from the old Norse Njǫrðr, meaning strong, vigorous.
Njord was the Norse god of sailing, fishing, the sea, and fertility, so this may be a good choice if you have a family connection to the sea, or fishing.
Ofu is a traditional Idoma name meaning power, strength.
Ofu is also the name of an island in the Pacific nation of American Samoa with a population of 176.
Onan is an ancient Hebrew name meaning strength, power.
Onan is a minor character in the Book of Genesis, who was killed by God.
Osiris is the anglicized version of the Egyptian, Usir which means powerful or mighty.
Osiris was the ancient Egyptian Lord of the Underworld and Judge of the Dead, which could make this a suitable name for the son of an undertaker.
Oswald is an old English name meaning divine power.
The name Oswald had more or less disappeared by the middle ages but was revived in the late 19th century. Fans of comic books might recognize the name, Oswald Cobblepot, as the real name of the Penguin in the Batman comics.
A Hebrew name, Oz means strength.
Pronounced Ozh, Oz can also mean courage. Itur Ha’Oz, which means The Medal of Courage, is an Israili military combat decoration.
Prabhu means powerful, mighty master in Sanskrit.
Prabhu means prince in many Indian languages as well as being a common surname along the Konkan coast of India.
Qadir is the Latin script form of قادر, the Arabic name meaning capable, powerful.
In Islam قادر is one of the 99 names of God. You may also see the name spelt Qadar, Kader, Kadir, or Kadeer, but whichever spelling is used, the meaning is the same.
Raghnall is a Scotish and Irish form of the name Ragnvaldr meaning advice, power.
This name is a more stylish version of the old sounding English name Ronald and is a good choice if you want to reference your Celtic roots.
Richard comes from the old German words meaning brave ruler.
If you feel the pressure to use the name Richard because it is a family name, consider the same name in another language. Options include Ricard, Risteárd, Ricardo, and Riku.
Roderick is a British name meaning famous, strong ruler.
This was the name of the last king of Visigoths, a people who first settled in Gaul. Gaul was an area of Europe which covered what is now France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany, most of Switzerland, and parts of northern Italy.
Rostam is a name of Persian origin which means strong, valiant, brave.
An epic hero in Persian legend, one story tells of how Rostam fought and killed an opponent without knowing who it was, only to discover afterward that it was his own son.
Sisu is a Finnish name meaning strength, tenacity, determination, and willpower.
Sisu is a concept that is considered integral to Finnish culture. In Upper Michigan, which is home to a large number of Americans of Finnish heritage, the bumper sticker “Got Sisu?” or just “SISU” is popular.
Swithin is an old English name that means strong and, perhaps, bear cub.
St. Swithin was a 9th century bishop. English folklore says that if it rains on Saint Swithin’s day, it will rain for the next 40 days.
Tahmuras is the Persian form of the Avestan name Takhma Urupi, meaning strong body.
The Avesta is the main collection of religious texts of Zoroastrianism, said to be the world’s oldest continuously practiced religion.
The Japanese name Takeshi has multiple meanings depending on the kanji used to write it.
Takeshi can mean strong, fierce, warrior, healthy, sturdy, masculine, or intimidate and is the name of a character in Pokemon who is better known, in English, as Brock.
Uzziah is an ancient Hebrew name that means my strength is Yahweh.
The most well known Uzziah was King of Judea, who ascended to the throne when he was 16 years old.
Valens is a Latin name meaning strong, healthy, vigorous.
The classical Latin pronunciation of Valens is WAAH-lens so if you give your child this name you may spend all of your time correcting people.
Valentine is an anglicized form of the ancient Roman surname Valentinus, which means strong.
St. Valentine had nothing to do with love. The association came about because his feast day, February 14th, was the same as the Roman fertility festival of Lupercalia.
Wayan is a Sanskrit name meaning energy, strength, age.
Although it can be traced back to the Sanskrit word vayas, Wayan is a gender-neutral name that in Bali and Indonesia is traditionally given to the firstborn child.
The name Zale is Greek and means sea-strength.
If you can get past the association with the discount jewelry company, Zale might be a good choice for families with a seafaring tradition.
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