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Names That Mean Brave, Strong, or Powerful

YamanHeart

  • Origin:

    Turkish
  • Meaning:

    "strong, stalwart"
  • Description:

    Seen as both a first name and surname in Turkey.

MandlaHeart

  • Origin:

    African
  • Meaning:

    "strength"
  • Description:

    This obscure Zulu name was chosen by Stevie Wonder.

NerioHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin from Greek
  • Meaning:

    "strength, valor"
  • Description:

    Nerio was one of the Roman goddesses of war and a wife of Mars. Her name is among the many intriguing names that mean strong.

HartmanHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "hard, strong man"
  • Description:

    A viable choice only if it's growing on your family tree.

JabbarHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "powerful, mighty"
  • Description:

    One of the names of Allah, this name is also associated with basketball great Kareem Abdul Jabbar (born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr.).

LimbaniHeart

  • Origin:

    Chewa
  • Meaning:

    "be strong"
  • Description:

    This strong (literally) African name comes from the Chewa language of southern Africa.

NarveHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch
  • Meaning:

    "healthy, strong"
  • Description:

    Harv and Marv are out, and this difficult Dutch choice doesn't fare any better.

GabrinaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew, variation of Gavriela
  • Meaning:

    "God ismy strength"
  • Description:

    Gabrina is a name sometimes heard in the Latino community, could make a distinctive alternative to Gabriela.

BattenHeart

  • Origin:

    Old English
  • Meaning:

    "powerfully built"
  • Description:

    A distinctive English surname name that also carries the slightly ominous sense of the verb batten, as in "batten down the hatches." Batten was also a medieval first name related to Bartholomew.

BaldwinHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "brave friend"
  • Description:

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

ErmentrudeHeart

  • Origin:

    French version of Germanic Ermendrud
  • Meaning:

    "universal strength"
  • Description:

    Ermentrude was the name of two medieval queens of France. Despite these distinguished beginnings, this antique name is unlikely to catch on with contemporary parents, perhaps because the first syllable may sound unattractive to the modern ear and the last two syllables are the equivalent of intrude. Then there's that rude final syllable. English variant Ermintrude is equally unlikely to find favor.

YiğitHeart

  • Origin:

    Turkish
  • Meaning:

    "valiant"
  • Description:

    A common Turkish word name for boys signaling valiance and bravery.

EgemenHeart

  • Origin:

    Turkish
  • Meaning:

    "dominant"
  • Description:

    A Turkish word name on the rise in its native country.

EvardoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "hardy and brave"
  • Description:

    Fairly rare Spanish name, found as a character in one of the Oz books. One of those