Girl Names That Mean Brave or Powerful

Girls' names that mean strong, brave, or powerful are newly interested in 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 strong or powerful. If you're looking for girls' names with strong meanings that might empower and inspire your child, browse this selection.

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  • Althea

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    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... Read More 

  • Audrey

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    Audrey is one of the girls' names that have been rising due to their connection to Old Hollywood glamour--in this case the eternally chic and radiant Audrey Hepburn. Celebs who have chosen Audrey... Read More 

  • Baldwin

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    Writer James Baldwin could make this an inspirational choice for a child of either sex. Read More 

  • Bernadette

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    Although feminizations ending in "ette" are not particularly popular now, Bernadette is a pleasant, feminine, but strong name that doesn't feel prohibitively dated. And though strongly associated... Read More 

  • Briana

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    Spelled this way, Briana was coined by Edmund Spenser for his great literary work, The Faerie Queene, which gives the now-overexposed name a far classier pedigree than it's usually... Read More 

  • Bridget

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    One of the earliest Irish names for girlsto immigrate to the USA, Bridget, the most familiar form of the name of the Celtic... Read More 

  • Drusilla

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    Drusilla is an ancient Roman name, (probably) borne by descendants of Antony and Cleopatra, and is one of the 'illa' names that are ready for a comeback, especially with its cute short form Dru. ... Read More 

  • Imara

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    This could make a hauntingly evocative name for an American child, striking the perfect balance of the exotic and the familiar. Imara's meaning adds further appeal placing it among the special... Read More 

  • Isa

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    Isa is a name unto itself but might also be a short form of Isabel or Isadora. With the new popularity of Isabel and Isabella and even Bella, Isa may become more familiar. Read More 

  • Keren

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    Israeli-born singer Keren Ann introduced this traditional Hebrew name to this country, where it could well be mistaken for Karen. Read More 

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