While naming a baby, we consider the effects that name would have on the baby’s life. Thus, most parents of baby boys look for powerful, bold names for their children. So, here are a few powerful baby boy names to help you choose the right one. These names in our list mean “power” itself or symbolize power in various languages and cultures. We have taken inspiration from nature, history, and more to bring this list of influential names. Our list also includes traditional and modern names to help you choose the right name for your baby. So, read on to know more.
Strong Baby Boy Names
The name Arnold was introduced into the UK by the Normans in the form Arnaud. Arnold Schoenberg, the novelist, is a reputable namesake. It may come as a surprise to most of you, but the venerable St. Arnold was Greek by birth. And, who cannot but think of the Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Amell is a German name, meaning ‘power of an eagle’. We don’t think it can get more powerful than this.
Maynard is a German name, meaning ‘brave, hardy and strong’. But do not pronounce the name as May-nerd. You will be killing a charming name.
Andreas is the New Testament Greek variation of Andrew, meaning ‘strong and manly’. The most notable namesake is Andreas Feininger, the famous photographer. You can keep Andrew as a short form for Andreas.
Griffin is the name of a mythological creature with the half body of a lion and half of eagle. The meaning of Griffin is ‘strong lord’.
Ethan is one of our most favorite baby boy names. It means ‘firm and strong’, but sounds cheerful. With ties to Wales and England, it has a royal ring to it as well. The name got a boost through Tom Cruise’s character in the Mission Impossible series.
This Korean name is well-known in the other parts of the world as well. It means ‘strong’.
Yes, we all know that Bernard is the first name of the saint who lived in the Alps. But do you know what it means? It means ‘bear strength’. Over the years, this name has taken an intellectual image, losing most of the Alpine energy.
Denzel is a variation of Denzell. This old Cornish name got an entirely new identity via Denzel Washington. The actor was named after the doctor who delivered him. The name means ‘powerful’.
Etan is the Hebrew form of the name Ethan. This name is very common in Israel. The meaning of Etan is ‘firm and powerful’.
Barrett is a German name, meaning ‘bear strength’. We loved the pleasing sound of this name. It also has literary associations with Elizabeth Barrett Browning. You can consider this name for your baby girl too!
This name comes from the English word ‘valor’, meaning ‘strength’. The final ‘o’ in this name is adding a macho touch to it.
Even though this name is not used much, it has loads of personality to it. It’s an English name, meaning ‘strong, little warrior’.
Ezekiel, the name of an old Testament prophet, means ‘God strengthens’. You can shorten this name to Zeke, but it sounds more powerful in its full form. The name is rising steadily in popularity along with other Biblical names Ezra and Asher.
Quillon is a Latin name, meaning ‘strong’ or ‘crossing swords’. The name looks beautiful when written, but its pronunciation is not very appealing. It’s pronounced as Kill-on, which may lead the little one to go astray. You can go with Killian, but it has an entirely different meaning.
Valentine is an attractive Shakespearean name with romantic associations. But it was also borne by the third-century martyr, St. Valentine, whose birthday is celebrated as the modern Valentine’s Day. The meaning of Valentine is ‘strong’.
Arsenio is a Spanish name, meaning ‘virile and strong’. It was, for long, considered the exclusive property of Mr. Hall, but is now being adopted by others as well.
The meaning of Oswald is ‘divine power’. Apart from its association with the adorable cartoon character, Oswald also has literary connections. It was mentioned in Shakespeare’s King Lear and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
Your son may not have the looks of the Asgard resident, but giving him a name meaning ‘thunderous’, would give him strength beyond his wildest dreams.
The name Angus is moving rapidly from old Scottish name to hip American. It’s a plausible pick for parents with roots going back to Glasgow. The meaning of Angus is ‘one strength’.
Phoenix may be a mythological bird, but its story definitely makes it worth keeping it as your child’s name. A bird born from its own ashes, Phoenix is a symbol of renewal and never giving up.
Andrew, meaning ‘manly and strong’, is a perfect name for your little one. The name has more character than most of the classic baby names. Andy or Drew would make the best nicknames for this one.
Here’s a perfect name for your little cub. Meaning ‘brave lion’, the name is strong and ferocious with a sweet vibe.
Gabriel was the archangel who heralded the news of Jesus Christ’s birth. It’s one of the favorite Biblical names and has been sitting in the top 25 name list for seven years. The meaning of Gabriel is ‘God is my strength’.
Garrett is an Irish name, which was once in the top 100 list, but slipped in popularity. It’s an Irish variation of Gerard and means ‘spear strength’. Garrett also featured in the Twilight series. He was one of the vampires in Breaking Dawn.
Also spelled as Swithin, Swithun is an English name, meaning ‘quick, strength’. It’s associated with St. Swithin’s Day, who was a famous weather predictor. The name would surely make a unique pick.
Osiris is the name of the Egyptian mythological god who dies and takes rebirth every year. The meaning of Osiris is ‘strong eyesight’.
Maoz is a symbolic name given to boys born during the Jewish rededication of the Holy Temple, called Hanukah. The song Maoz Tzur is sung at that time. The meaning of Maoz in Hebrew is ‘strength’.
Imre is quite a familiar name in Hungary, but would take a bit of explaining in other regions. The meaning of Imre is ‘strength’.
Kenzo is a popular Japanese name with several creative bearers, like Kenzo Takada, the prize-winning architect, Kenzo Okada, the painter and Kenzo, the fashion designer. Even Kimora Lee Simmons and Djimon Hounsou chose this name for their son. The meaning of Kenzo is ‘strong and healthy’.
Oz is a Hebrew name, denoting power and strength. It’s the short form of Ozni, who was Jacob’s grandson in the Bible. With other ‘O’ names like Osmond, Osgood and Ozias gaining popularity, Oz would also make a viable choice.
Here’s another well used Japanese name, meaning ‘strong as bamboo’.
Uzziah is a Hebrew name, meaning ‘Jehovah is my friend’. This is one of the most unusual and unique Biblical names. It was the name of the long-reigning queen of Judea. It’s sure to appeal to parents looking for a unique Old Testament name.
Zale has a catchy sound and an appealing meaning. This Greek name means ‘sea strength’.
Rinaldo is the Italian version of the name Reginald. It means ‘counsel power’. This name has been on the US popularity list since the 1930s.
Azeil is a Hebrew name, meaning ‘God is my power’. It was a common name in Israel throughout the middle ages.
Kano is a Japanese name, meaning ‘masculine power’ or ‘capability.’ It’s one of the most pleasing crossover names.
Edric is an English name, meaning ‘power and good fortune’.
Azai is a Hebrew name, meaning ‘strength’.
Ryker is a Danish name, which means ‘superior strength’. This name is rising in popularity for its trendy ‘Ry’ beginning and its two-syllable rhythm. In the past decade, the name rocketed from #30 to #151.
Names Of Powerful Men
From brilliant entrepreneur, politicians, investors to presidents, here’s our list of powerful men with equally strong names.
Martin Luther King Junior, one of the most influential and powerful men in the world history, has a name that can’t be beaten. Not just the namesake, but the meaning of the word is also strong, as it means ‘warlike’.
Brian is one of the most famous Irish imports baby boy names. The name entered the United States popularity list in the year 1925 and remained in the Top 100 list for 60 years. Its claim to fame is Brian Boru, the most famous Irish warrior king. The meaning of Brian is “virtuous, strong and honorable’.
The 32nd US president Franklin Roosevelt managed to keep the spirits of the country alive even during the recession and World War II. His fireside chats with the influential people of other countries kept the country going even at the most fragile times. The name Franklin has an air of loyalty and bravery.
Harvey Milk was the first gay politician to be elected to the office. He stood vehemently for love, courage, and bravery and fought for the rights of those who had no voice or chose not to speak. He was also instrumental in passing a gay rights ordinance in the 1970s. Coincidentally, the name means ‘battle worthy’.
Besides George Washington, the first president of the US, several other Georges have contributed to power and significance. King George III was one of the most influential kings of Ireland and the UK. Then, there is George Harrison, the famous singer and musician. George Clooney one of the most popular actors of Hollywood.
Dirk is the name of the current gen of the super powerful Ziff publishing family. This name received some fame from the 50s to 80s along with its cousin Kirk but is not heard much now. So, it’s sure to make a unique name for your son.
The strong name Alexander belongs to one of the most popular historical figures of all time, Alexander the Great. In the year 2015, this name ranked 11th in terms of popularity.
From the infamous French leader Napoleon Bonaparte to the not-so historically important, yet culturally significant Napoleon Dynamite, this name has made across all the cultures in the last 300 years. It was also the nickname of George B. McClellan and Douglas MacArthur.
There have been so many strong and powerful bearers of William over the years that it is difficult to select one. We’ve had William Shakespeare, William Henry Harrison, and William McKinley, who made a high impact on the society.
John F. Kennedy, John Adams, Pope John Paul II, John Quincy Adam have all been famous. John has been a dominant name throughout the centuries. It was even more popular during the Biblical times, when not one or two, but 12 of Jesus’ apostles were named John.
There have been several King Henrys over the years. It is common among the politicians too. The name was an inspiration for one of Shakespeare’s plays. Now that’s one powerful name.
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the US and had the vision to unite the nation. He worked towards his goal relentlessly until his assassination in 1865.
This name carries weight as it was the moniker of the 40th president of US, Ronald Wilson Reagan. Reagan served as the governor of California before his presidency.
Fidel Castro was one of the most powerful faces of the Cuban revolution. He went on to become the prime minister and president of Cuba.
You must have guessed whom we are referring to here. Ernesto Che Guevara, the Argentinian revolutionary was one of the main men of the Cuban Revolution. He was also a trained doctor and a leader in guerilla warfare.
Alexander was not the only king who was conferred the title ‘The Great’. Asoka, the Indian emperor, was so deeply moved by the death and destruction in the Kalinga War that he renounced kingship and adopted Buddhism.
People of Los Angeles must be aware of Eli Borad, the art world titan. This name has been shooting in popularity and entered the top 100 list for the first time this year.
The most crucial time for a leader to show his real worth is in the face of adversity, and Winston Churchill shone brightly at the task. He was one of the ablest leaders and the prime minister of the UK during the World War II.
Julius Caesar was a Roman military genius and ruler, to say the least. He played a critical role in the rise of the Roman Empire.
This moniker has been borne by several powerful men in the history, including Joseph II, the first Austrian dominion ruler from House of Lorraine. He’s considered one of the most selfless and enlightened rulers of his time. Joseph means ‘may Jehovah add or increase’.
There could be no name more compelling for your son than Austin, which means ‘great and magnificent’. This powerful name has been borne by several notable figures across history, for example Stephen F Austin, the American empresario.
Nelson Mandela was the first, democratically elected president of South Africa and the leader of the Anti-Apartheid movement.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, better known as Mahatma Gandhi, led India against the rule of the British in India.
Hassan Rouhani is the recently elected President of Iran. He has been in politics since 1989.
Jacob Zuma was elected as the president of South Africa in 2009. As a name, Jacob continues to rise in popularity.
Syrian President Basshar Al-Assad has been strong and firm at his position despite all the difficulties in the country. He’s indeed one of the most powerful leaders of this time.
Forrest is one of the most modern of all the powerful and strong appellations. This green, woodsy name has a strong yet distinctive image. The most distinguished and powerful bearer of this name is newsman Forest Sawyer.
Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th US president, was the amalgamation of a politician, explorer, author and historian. He was also the youngest person to serve as the country.
Muhammad, the last prophet of Islam, was the man of true justice. He was the most powerful person of his time and continues to inspire millions of people today. The name Muhammad was the most popular in the UK last year.
Albert Einstein was a physicist who formulated the theory of relativity. Did you know that Einstein could not speak until he was four years old?
Sir Isaac Newton was the inventor of differential and integral calculus. He’s arguably, the single, most influential thinker in the history of humankind.
Aristotle contributed in every field of human knowledge. He started off as nothing but ended up being the basis of all science for more than 2,000 years. Aristotle is one of the most regal names of all time.
Xi Jinping, the Prime Minister of China, holds three crucial offices required for being the paramount leader of China. In fact, he’s called the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao.
Mario Draghi is the president of the European Central Bank. He had fought the economic stagnation of Europe last year with a course of quantitative easing.
Warren Buffet is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. His biggest ever deal happened last year in August when he paid $37bn to industrial and aerospace parts maker Castparts.
Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was anointed the king of Saudi Arabia last year following the death of his brother, King Abdullah.
This strong Scottish surname may have been overtaken by Jordon, but Gordon sounds like having a better chance of being powerful. We have two most famous references here British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and famous chef Gordon Ramsay.
US President Barack Obama has introduced Obamacare medical insurance, ended the Iraq War and signed an Arms treaty with Russia. He’s indeed one of the most powerful people of our generation.
Russian President Vladimir Putin left behind Barack Obama this year to win the title of the most powerful leader.
This spiritual leader to 1.2 billion people in the world deserves the place in this list. The Pope is loved not just by the Catholics, but by people of all races and religion.
Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, is the wealthiest person in the world. Apart from building a reputation of a serious thinker, Bill is also a philanthropist.
British Prime Minister David Cameroon is another powerful leader of this generation.
Narendra Modi, India’s current Prime Minister, is the second most followed politician on Twitter after Barack Obama. Do we need to say anything more about his popularity?
Larry Page is the self-made billionaire and CEO of Alphabet, the publicly traded company, which includes Google, Google X Lab, Nest, Calico and Fiber.
If you are looking for an entrepreneur’s name, you must definitely consider Rupert as Rupert Murdoch is a media baron and a multi-billionaire. Rupert is the German form of Robert. It may sound a bit stodgy, but has a sophisticated charm.