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Names That Mean Power

AltheaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "with healing power"
  • Description:

    Althea is a poetic, almost ethereal name found in Greek myth and pastoral poetry, associated in modern times with the great tennis player Althea Gibson, the first African-American to win at Wimbleton.

MerrickHeart

  • Origin:

    Anglo-Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "fame, power"
  • Description:

    A strong, attractive surname name with a mix of possible origins: either from the Welsh first name Meuric,which is a form of Maurice, and contains Germanic elements meaning fame and power, or from a Scottish Gaelic word meaning a fork in a river or a road, which led to the name of several places named Merrick in Scotland. The Supreme Court saga of Justice Merrick Garland almost certainly caused the bump in popularity that propelled Merrick to its US Top 1000 debut in 2016.

    Despite its ancient history, Merrick these days sounds more modern than the somewhat tired Derek.

MontgomeryHeart

  • Origin:

    Norman
  • Meaning:

    "man power"
  • Description:

    This image of this distinguished Anglo-Scottish surname, drawn from the French place name of the ancient castle of Saint Foi de Montgomery, is rapidly shifting from fusty and formal to cool. And dashing short form Monty (or Monte) nudges it to cute.

ReginaldHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "counsel power"
  • Description:

    Now seen as the chap in the smoking jacket in a 1930s drawing-room comedy, Reginald has actually been on the US popularity list every year since 1880.

OswaldHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "divine power"
  • Description:

    Despite the success of so many O-starting boys names--Oliver, Owen, Otis, Oscar--Oswald has not yet shown any signs of resurrection, though he does have the animating nicknames Ozzie/Ozzy and Oz. The name has some literary cred--in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare's King Lear and a novel by H. G.Wells--and there was early cartoon character Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

MonteHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Montgomery, Norman
  • Meaning:

    "man power"
  • Description:

    Monte, pronounced with two syllables as brother Monty, is an old-fashioned nickname-name that's reclaiming a certain amount of dash and charm. It was recently chosen by actor Guy Pearce--which may signal a comeback.

ReggieHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Reginald
  • Meaning:

    "counsel power"
  • Description:

    Old time nickname that's starting to sound fresh again, ala Alfie and Freddie.

AmauryHeart

  • Origin:

    French form of Amalric
  • Meaning:

    "work power"
  • Description:

    Friendlier french form of ancient Germanic royal name Amalric or Emmerich.

WulfricHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "wolf power"
  • Description:

    Most famous as one of the many middle names of Professor Dumbledore from Harry Potter, Wulfric is an earlier form of the medieval English name Ulric. It has also belonged to an 11th- century Earl of Mercia and a 12th-century saint.

EmericHeart

  • Origin:

    French form of German Emmerich
  • Meaning:

    "power"
  • Description:

    A name popular both in France (where it's Number 405) and within the Cajun population, it's more substantial than Eric, and occurs twice in the Harry Potter series.

GodricHeart

  • Origin:

    Anglo-Saxon
  • Meaning:

    "God's power"
  • Description:

    Godric is one of the unique baby names that has found more exposure since J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter universe came into our lives. Godric Gryffindor is an important historical figure in the series. In real life, Godric was a name popular in middle England, with many saints and sheriffs of the 11th century bearing the name. Godric, like other old English names Arthur, Edwin and Oswald, has potential to make a comeback as an easily-recognizable but creative choice for parents looking for names that are unique without being too challenging.

CyreneHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "supreme power"
  • Description:

    Cyrene was a mythical nymph and huntress who was beloved by Apollo. An ancient city in Libya was named after her.

ElfridaHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "elf power"
  • Description:

    The name of the mother of Aethelred the Unready was once common among the Anglo-Saxon nobility, and was briefly revived during the 19th century, only to be lost once again to history. However, with the recent revival of Frida and other clunky-cool vintage gems like Agatha, Matilda and Theodora, we think this ancient option could be worth a second look. And how cute would a baby Elfie be?

ShaktiHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "power"
  • Description:

    Shakti is the female equivalent of the god Shiva in Hinduism. A sacred name sometimes used in a secular way.

KaimanaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hawaiian
  • Meaning:

    "the power of the ocean"
  • Description:

    This Hawaiian name gracefully celebrates the force of nature, paying tribute to the ocean. If you're looking for unique names that mean ocean, this should be on your short list.

UzziahHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "my power is Yahweh"
  • Description:

    Uzziah was an Old Testament king of Judah, among other personages. The initial U is a bit funky for modern tastes; we don't see this one enjoying a revival ala Isaiah and Noah anytime soon.

AmandlaHeart

  • Origin:

    Zulu and Xhosa
  • Meaning:

    "power"
  • Description:

    A mighty lion in sheep's clothing. Though Amandla looks, to the untrained eye, like a variant of milquetoast Amanda, it actually derives from the word for "power" in the Zulu and Xhosa languages, two of the major languages of South Africa. Anti-Apartheid activists often used the phrase "Amandla Awethu!", meaning "power to the people," as a rallying cry at protests. There was also a 2002 documentary about the role of music in the downfall of Apartheid called "Amandla."

MaltheHeart

  • Origin:

    Danish
  • Meaning:

    "Rule / Power"
  • Description:

    This name has been used in Denmark since the 13th Century, and is once again very popular there, now being in the Top 10. We don't see it crossing the Atlantic anytime soon, despite the strong meaning.

AlberichHeart

  • Origin:

    Germanic
  • Meaning:

    "elf power"
  • Description:

    In Germanic mythology, Alberich is the name of a legendary dwarf king — which is fitting, considering its meaning. Alberich is thought to be the origin of the English names Auberon and Aubrey.

BiduHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Bridget
  • Meaning:

    "strength, power"
  • Description:

    Uncommon choice too reminiscent of "bidet". Try Bridie instead.