Strong Names For Baby Boys

September 14, 2017 CraigTest
Strong boy named Angus strength training

Today we bring you more than 50 boys’ names that convey masculine strength, vigor, and power, either via their literal meanings or their image and associations. The number in the popularity column is the number of American boys given that name in 2016.

Why these strong boy names now?  Many of the dystopian stories popular these days — from Mad Max: Fury Road to The Walking Dead — make it seem like pure physical strength is going to be pretty crucial for surviving the rough-and-tumble future. And even if the next generation manages to avert a zombie apocalypse or robot uprising, strength of all kinds — physical, mental, spiritual — always comes in handy.

The 25 strong boy names in the table below all have literal meanings related to strength and power.

Strong Boy Names

Name Origin Meaning Popularity
Anders Scandinavian “strong and manly” 277
Angus Gaelic via English “one strength” 75
Arsenio Greek via Spanish “virile, strong” 14
Aziz Arabic and African “powerful and beloved” 63
Brian Irish “strong, virtuous and honorable” 1965
Denzel Cornish “from the high stronghold” 175
Egon German “strong with a sword” Fewer than 5
Emeric German via France “power” 23
Ethan Hebrew “strong, firm” 13758
Evander Greek “strong man” 116
Fort French “strong” Fewer than 5
Garrett Irish “spear strength 1144
Godric Anglo-Saxon “God’s power” 36
Griffin Welsh “strong lord” 1688
Kenzo Japanese “strong and healthy” 103
Kwan Korean “strong” 6
Merrick Anglo-Welsh “fame, power” 208
Montgomery Norman “man power” 115
Oswald English “divine power” 35
Qadir Arabic “capable, powerful” 12
Ragnar Norse “warrior, judgment” 39
Reynard German “powerful advice” Fewer than 5
Richmond German “powerful protector” 24
Thor Norse “thunder” 87
Ulric English “wealthy, powerful ruler” 10

Some of the names above, notably Brian and Ethan, are already widely-used, but others are yet to be discovered. Egon, for instance, as in the great Austrian painter Egon Schiele, didn’t show up in the Social Security list of Most Popular Names at all, meaning it was given to fewer than five American boys last year.

Many of these names conjure up an image of a pre-modern warrior, the kind that fought with swords and arrows. Surely there were companies of medieval knights in Western Europe that included Godrics, Griffins, Merricks and Anguses. They almost feel like the distant forebears of such fashionable, violent-feeling names as Gunnar and Remington.

Boy Names That Feel Strong

Of course, boys’ names that literally mean power are not the only kind of masculine names that convey power and strength. Some newly-popular word names portray strength, some names of powerful heroes (and anti-heroes) can lend their strength to a namesake, while other masculine names simply carry the aura of power. A roundup:

Name Origin Meaning Popularity
Greek god name 787
German “father of peace” 3441
English “badger” 684
German “brown” 382
Latin “heavy, dull” Fewer than 5
Irish “little wolf” 67
Latin “belonging to the Lord 5394
English word name 513
English “born near an outcrop of flint” 85
English “son of the unspoiled forest” 68
Old Norse via Russian “warrior” 16
English word name 2642
Scottish “round hill” 1527
Norse “knot” Fewer than 5
Scottish and Irish “son of” 353
German “wealthy” 556
Italian “first” 8
English surname name 10
Dutch “ripe, fully grown” Fewer than 5
Italian via German “rest” 673
English word name 30
Italian diminutive of Rocco 215
English “famous ruler” 11
Hebrew “sun” 476
English word name 52
English word name 177
English word name 67
Hungarian “life” 16

(By the way, if you’re looking for girls’ names that connote strength, check out our recent post on Wonder Woman-inspired names.)

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