20 Powerful Baby Names For Strong Girls

Ashley Austrew | Aug 14, 2018 Pregnancy
20 Powerful Baby Names For Strong Girls
Image: Steve Debenport/iStock.com

girl flexing her muscles
Steve Debenport/iStock.com

Choosing the perfect name for a new baby is no easy task. There are so many important factors to consider for a decision that will last for life. Parents want a charming baby name that is distinctive enough to not be shared by everyone in their child's future kindergarten class. But at the same time, they also want something that's easily recognizable, classic, beautiful, and that has an inspiring meaning. These days especially, parents want their little girls to have names that are bold and have powerful meanings or associations with well-known female icons. The future is female, after all, and that's why powerful baby names are on the rise. We want to raise our girls to be strong, independent, and confident, so why not start from birth with a name that honors these qualities?

Expectant parents have many places to seek inspiration for strong baby girl names. Parents can look to classic female superheroes, book and movie characters, and powerful political figures. Greek, Norse, and Roman mythology also have a number of strong female goddesses. And, of course, it's impossible to forget about the many great female athletes who inspire us on the daily and are the true definition of powerful.

Whether it's a baby name that literally means "strength," or a baby name that's linked to an easily recognizable powerhouse female figure in popular culture, the 20 baby names on this list are the perfect blend of flowery and bold, classic and contemporary, old fashioned and eclectic. And many of them are names parents haven't heard or have maybe forgotten about. Click through for 20 perfect and powerful baby girl names that define strength.

  • Diana

    1
    smiling baby girl
    solidcolors/iStock.com

    Diana, meaning "divine," isn't just Wonder Woman's true identity. It's also a stunning choice for parents who want a classic name that packs a powerful punch.

  • Michelle

    2
    laughing baby with cat
    bradleyhebdon/iStock.com

    Michelle has a sweet sound, but make no mistake: This name packs a punch. Meaning "who is like God," babies who rock this moniker will share a name with powerhouses like former first lady Michelle Obama, actress Michelle Williams, and former figure skater Michelle Kwan.

  • Amelia

    3
    laughing baby
    eyeneye/iStock.com

    Game-changing female pilot Amelia Earhart helped popularize this timeless name, which means hardworking and industrious.

  • Matilda

    4
    girl playing with dolls
    FGorgun/iStock.com

    Matilda may sound like a flowery old-school name, but it actually means "powerful in battle" or "mighty battle maiden." Look out, world!

  • Barbara

    5
    laughing baby
    emhoik/iStock.com

    Give a nod to Bat Girl Barbara Gordon with this old-school name that's surprisingly uncommon in the 2010s.

  • Kamala

    6
    clapping happy baby
    mapodile/iStock.com

    This powerful Indian name means "lotus" and is shared by rockstar American senator Kamala Harris. Talk about good name vibes.

  • Valerie

    7
    laughing baby girl
    ozgurcankaya/iStock.com

    This trendy pick sounds a lot like "valor," which makes sense since the name Valerie actually means brave. It's a feminine name with a strong meaning that brings to mind actresses Valerie Burton and Valerie Harper.

  • Serena

    8
    baby girl taking first steps
    leungchopan/iStock.com

    Does it get any stronger than tennis pro Serena Williams? This name means clear, calm, and exalted, which sounds like a winner to us.

  • Ruth

    9
    little girl making funny faces
    ideabug/iStock.com

    Ruth, as in Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, means companion and has a sturdy, punchy sound that commands attention.

  • Audrey

    10
    smiling baby in crib
    monkeybusinessimages/iStock.com

    Audrey, meaning noble strength, is a stunning name pick for parents who want their girl to embody the same style, grace, confidence, and kindness of Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn.

  • Phoenix

    11
    toddler girl
    kazoka30/iStock.com

    Much like the mythical bird of the same name, Phoenix is rising in popularity, and it's not hard to see why. Strong yet gorgeous, this name truly has it all.

  • Brienne

    12
    baby girl
    Sam74100/iStock.com

    Game of Thrones fans will recognize this one from Brienne of Tarth. Everyone else will love this name because it literally means strength.

  • Gertrude

    13
    crawling baby girl
    kosamtu/iStock.com

    This old-fashioned name has a strong sound and serious hipster cred. It also lends itself to the nickname Trudy, which means universal strength.

  • Alexa

    14
    toddler girl playing
    kate_september2004/iStock.com

    Alexa may be the name of a certain Amazon product, but it also means defender of mankind. Does it get more powerful? We didn't think so.

  • Billie

    15
    baby playing
    UntitledImages/iStock.com

    Go for a chic, modern vibe that still has a powerful meaning. Billie is the feminine form of William, which means resolute protector. Bring it on, world!

  • Leona

    16
    sleeping baby
    Yagi-Studio/iStock.com

    Singer Leona Lewis helped re-popularize this uncommon moniker that means lioness. Perfect for a little lady who beautiful and strong.

  • Keren

    17
    girl playing outside
    Liderina/iStock.com

    Not to be confused with Karen, this alternative spelling actually has roots in Hebrew and means strength and power.

  • Nina

    18
    girl on playground
    Nikola Stojadinovic/iStock.com

    Channel the power and presence of singer Nina Simone with this diminutive form of Antonia, which means full of grace and strength.

  • Coco

    19
    baby girl chewing on toy
    onebluelight/iStock.com

    Short for Colette, this name means victory and is shared by powerhouse female style icon Coco Chanel.

  • Luana

    20
    baby crawling through grass
    FluxFactory/iStock.com

    No one else will have this stylish and distinctive baby name. It may look dainty, but it means graceful battle maiden in German.

More Slideshows