Names That Mean Hard

  1. Caledon
    • Origin:

      Irish place-name from Caledonia
    • Meaning:

      "hard or rocky land"
    • Description:

      Caledon, the name of the arrogant Billy Zane character in "Titanic," is an Irish place-name related to Caledonia, the Latin word for Scotland thought to be derived from the ancient Celtic word for "hard." Cal is a wonderful nickname, and Caledon an inventive way to get there.
  2. Caledonia
    • Origin:

      Latin place-name for Scotland
    • Meaning:

      "hard or rocky land"
    • Description:

      Caledonia is a rhythmic and alluring place name used by singer Shawn Colvin for her daughter. It would make an interesting and apt choice for a girl with Scottish ancestry.
  3. Peredur
    • Origin:

      Welsh
    • Meaning:

      "hard spears"
    • Description:

      This was the name of several figures from Welsh mythology, and was also used by 12th-century chronicler Geoffrey of Monmouth in his Arthurian tales. The character of Percival was probably based on him.
  4. Amahl
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "hard labor"
    • Description:

      Known from the Menotti opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, this is a subdued and gentle name.
  5. Hardtimes
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "hard times"
    • Description:

      This almost Puritanical name was used by American enslaved people in the 1800s.
  6. Slugger
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "one who hits hard"
    • Description:

      We haven't heard of any babies named Slugger, but it certainly could be used as a name, especially as other aggressive word names like Shooter and Breaker have burst onto the scene. You could make a whole baseball-themed sibset out of it: brothers named Slugger, Striker. Catcher, Fielder, and Homer.