Names That Mean Brave, Strong, or Powerful
Description:Alcina is an operatic name, best-known as the name of the beautiful sorceress of the eponymous Handel opera drawn from the Orlando poems. Alcina and her sister Morgana live on an island where Alcina seduces every passing sailor but once their novelty wears off, changes them into plants, rocks, or animals. Alcina comes with modern-sounding short forms Alcie or Alsie, which feel more baby-ready now that names such as Elsie, Elsa, and Isla are becoming popular again.
Origin:Spanish from Greek
Description:Long considered Mr. Hall's exclusive property, it's now ready to be adopted by others.
Meaning:"God is my strength"
Description:An Israeli place-name as well as being the Hebrew form of Gabriel.
Origin:Place-name and Sanskrit
Description:Evokes picture-postcard image of colorful Indonesia. Bali Barret is a Paris fashion insider who oversees women's style for Hermes. Bali rhymes with tally or galley.
Origin:Short form of Hezekiah, Hebrew
Meaning:"God gives strength"
Description:Drawn from old record books, Kiah is an antiquated nickname that feels perfectly appropriate for modern times -- maybe more so than father name Hezekiah.
Description:The name of several minor Biblical characters seems streamlined and modern.
Origin:English variation of Ulrich and Wulfric, German
Meaning:"rich and noble heritage; wolf power"
Description:Also related to the word for wolf, this name has a first syllable that's not appealing to the American ear. Better ic-ending choices: Dominic, Frederic, Eric.
Origin:English or Sanskrit
Meaning:"strong, little warrior or crowned"
Description:Malin is multicultural name with many possible sources,. As a female name, Malin is popular throughout Scandinavia, a form of Magdalene. The male version has several theoretical roots. One of them is the multicultural surname Malin, which may be a matronymic descending from Magdalene or Mary or may be derived from an Irish surname meaning pleasant. In India, Malin is a male Sanskrit name meaning crowned or alternately, flower or gardener. Some may see it as a simplified spelling of the Biblical Mahlon. At once simple and unusual, the name Malin was given to 17 baby girls in the US last year but fewer than five baby boys.
Meaning:"strength or exalted one"
Description:This fanciful Irish extension of Bridget is known here through the wacky Amelia Bedelia books for kids -- an association your child may or may not like.
Description:Shakti is the female equivalent of the god Shiva in Hinduism. A sacred name sometimes used in a secular way.
Description:Hardy is a spirited and durable un-Germanic German surname that is starting to be used in this country.
Description:Associated with Reynard the cunning fox in medieval European animal tales. Reynard can make an unusual yet historic choice for a modern boy, a modern day Richard or Robert.
Description:Dark, woody name that's brings to mind rich panelling, beautiful colors and luxury.
Description:An Asian name that would be easily understood in this country.
Meaning:"hardy, brave, strong"
Description:Sometimes pronounced MAY-nerd, which is death to a name.
Description:Distinctive Native-American choice with forceful meaning.
Origin:Diminutive of Rocco
Description:Faux macho name, à la Rock Hudson and The Rock; not recommended, despite rise of cousin Stone.
Origin:Latin or Greek
Meaning:"crossing swords; strong"
Description:Pronounced KILL-on, might lead a young boy astray--though that doesn't seem to have halted the progress of the popular Killian.
Description:This short and strong Swahili name shares lots of sounds with trending Ezra and Enzo, and has a great meaning too.