Badass Baby Names

Badass baby names carry a macho image yet break with male traditions. These names suggest the kind of guy that rides a motorcycle and sings in a rock band, that can chop a cord of wood but would never wear a suit and tie. The badass baby names, most of them for boys, include:
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  • Maddox

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    Maddox, a previously obscure Welsh family name with a powerfully masculine image, suddenly came into the spotlight when Angelina Jolie chose it for her son in 2003. By the following year it was in ... Read More 

  • Maxen

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    Also spelled Macsen, this ancient name manages to sound modern and cool. An heroic namesake was Maxen Wledig, a fourth century Spanish-born general who led the Roman army out of Britain, and as Em... Read More 

  • Neo

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    This nouveau name of Keanu Reeves's character in The Matrix has not enjoyed the same burst of popularity as its female counterpart, Trinity, but it definitely sounds, well, newer. Neo Rauch is an i... Read More 

  • Paine

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    While patriot Thomas Paine is a worthy honoree, the mere association with the word 'pain' knocks this name out of bounds. Read More 

  • Pilot

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    One celebrity baby Pilot put this occupational choice into the pool -- together with the middle name Inspektor, something we wouldn't advise following.  Read More 

  • Power

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    Power is one of the new crop -- Justice, Liberty, Peace -- of strong, clear-cut, declarative choices, though this one carries more assertiveness than virtue.  Read More 

  • Racer

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    New, fast, cool, and chosen by director Robert Rodriguez, whose other sons are Rebel, Rocket, and Rogue, all somewhat risky options.  Read More 

  • Ranger

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    The list of occupational boys' names continues to expand, and this is one of the latest to ride onto the range. And, as trends collide, it also has the popular western, cowboyish feel. A much bette... Read More 

  • Ransom

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    Ransom may be rakish and handsome, but it carries an unavoidable association with holding someone for ransom. But that kind of bad boy image might be exactly what attracts you to Ransom in the firs... Read More 

  • Rebel

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    Rebel Wilson is a hilarious Australian actress -- in Bridesmaids , she and her "brother" evicted Kristen Wiig -- who put a female spin on this contemporary badass baby name. Rebel might be a good ... Read More 

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