Strong Boy Names

Strong boy names range from classic names with a little more gravitas and a related meaning, to tough boy names with rock ’n’ roll swagger. Looking for a little inspiration? Check out these manly names for your baby boy.

Ace

KISS member Ace Frehley sports this word name, which is associated with winning and victory—think of aces in golf or tennis, or simply “acing the test.”

Alaric

This offbeat choice could make a fresh way to pay homage to an Alan or Eric. It means “all-powerful ruler.”

Axel

The Guns ’n’ Roses frontman actually spells it Axl, but this more traditional version could still be ranked among the tough boy names.

Bernard

This classic may see some new interest after former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. It means “brave as a bear.”

Bowie

The surname of rock legend David Bowie also has a sharper connection—the Bowie knife.

Brian

Brian is one of the classic strong boy names—that’s its actual meaning!

Donnelly

This Irish surname means “brave one,” and could be a unique way to honor a Don in your family.

Drew

This shorter take on the classic Andrew shares its meaning—“strong and manly.” It’s currently in the top 400 names for boys.

Evardo

This off-the-beaten-path Spanish name means “hardy,” and could be shortened to the popular “Ever.”

Everett

Currently resting just outside the top 100, Everett means “brave as a wild boar.”

Griffin

No, not Gryffindor. But you can see why J.K. Rowling created the Hogwarts House name from this name: Griffin is one of the more powerful boy names. It means “strong lord.”

Jagger

The surname of swaggering Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has become a popular baby name in its own right.

Jet

Whether you associate this name with the black precious stone or the fast flyer, Jet is definitely one of the top badass boy names.

Magnus

This bold Latin name is uberpopular in Scandinavia, and means “great and powerful.”

Rebel

Talk about your tough boy names! Rebel’s a word name with plenty of swagger.

Rex

From the Latin word for “king,” Rex is a classic way to get to that trendy “x” ending—and one of the more timeless, yet powerful boy names.

Rio

Rio means “river” in Spanish—and has been used as a tough cowboy name in numerous old Westerns. It’s also been used as a girls’ name, thanks in part to the classic Duran Duran tune.

Watson

It may be more commonly associated with Sherlock Holmes’ partner in solving crimes, but this Scottish surname makes our list of manly names—it means “powerful warrior.”

Wolf

Wolf Blitzer may be the name’s current most famous wearer—but the fierce animal lends its strength to the name. (If you’re more of a traditionalist, go with the German Wolfgang—as in Mozart—and let your kiddo shorten it to simply Wolf.)

Wyatt

While a few brave souls have brought this into the girls’ side of the equation (including Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher), Wyatt remains one of the most popular and masculine boy names around. (It’s currently #33 in baby name popularity.) Wyatt means “brave in war.”

Zeppelin

A very off-the-beaten path baby name choice, most parents who select it are huge fans of the classic rock band Led Zeppelin.

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