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Names That Mean Strong, Brave or Powerful

Names that mean brave, strong, or powerful are newly interesting to parents who realize those positive qualities are gender neutral and desirable for all children, whether they're embodied in the meaning of a name or not. Traditionally, there are fewer girls' names that mean brave or powerful than there are boys' names with strong meanings. But they're not unknown and several stylish contemporary girls' names—Audrey, Matilda, and Imara, for instance—mean brave or powerful, along with a big group of brave and powerful names for boys.

Along with Audrey and Matilda, other girl names that mean brave, strong, or powerful in the US Top 500 include Gabriella, Valentina, and Valerie. For boys, Andrew, Everett, Ezekiel Harvey, and Zane are among the most common.

If you're names for girls and boys with strong meanings that might empower and inspire your child, browse this selection.

  • Abelardo

    The name Abelardo is a boy's name meaning "noble and strong". Sometimes heard in the Latino community, has not crossed over into others.Read More 

  • Abir

    The name Abir is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "strong, mighty, courageous". Place-name of a settlement in Galilee in Israel. Read More 

  • Adira

    The name Adira is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "strong". Adira is one of those rare names that's both exotic and simple. Pronounced ah-DEER-ah, Adira is given to only a handful of... Read More 

  • Aila

    The name Aila is a girl's name meaning "from the strong place". Now that Isla Fisher has pushed her once-obscure name into the Top 150, some parents are looking for similar-sounding Read More 

  • Aimilios

    The name Aimilios is a unisex name of Greek origin meaning "strength". This male relative of the Emily family was borne by two Greek saints, one a fourth century martyr who destroyed pagan images... Read More 

  • Alaric

    The name Alaric is a boy's name of German origin meaning "all-powerful ruler". Alaric is an ancient regal name that sounds modern enough to be considered. Alaric was a traditional name for the... Read More 

  • Alcie

    The name Alcie is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "strong-willed". Alcie and Alsie are antiquated short forms that feel more baby-ready now that names such as Elsie, Elsa, and Isla are... Read More 

  • Alcina

    The name Alcina is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "strong-willed". Alcina is an operatic name, best-known as the name of the beautiful sorceress of the eponymous Handel opera drawn from... Read More 

  • Alfred

    The name Alfred is a boy's name of English origin meaning "wise counselor". Alfred is up off his recliner! If you're looking for a path to Fred, you can go directly to Frederick or take the long... Read More 

  • Alfreda

    The name Alfreda is a girl's name of English origin meaning "elf power,". With a meaning like "elf power," Alfreda could find some appeal among fantasy enthusiasts. "Freda" makes for a pleasant... Read More 

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