20 Baby Names That Mean 'Strength' for Little Fighters

Mandy Velez | Sep 16, 2019 Pregnancy
20 Baby Names That Mean 'Strength' for Little Fighters
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Babies may be tiny and need adult love and care. But they're actually incredibly resilient little things. Take the world's smallest surviving baby for instance. That's tough. Some babies endure so much in their first days, months, even years in life. NICU babies are so special for so many reasons. Though many babies may already be named before they face their battles, some parents might want to wait some time before giving their child a name that suits him or her. 

Strength is a quality that's highly regarded in our culture. So even if a baby doesn't face a battle straight away, everyone needs to be strong at some point in their lives. Whatever the reason for having this quality in mind for a name, there are tons of options out there for parents looking to name their child with strength in mind.

Look to strong people in history for inspiration, specifically strong women. Or, think about names that simply have the connotation of strength. And that strength can be a lot of things: being physically strong, but also being strong in convictions and spirit. We decided to find names that literally, are pretty closely, directly mean strength or strong. Some are masculine, some are feminine, while others are gender neutral. And the cool part is that they all have diverse origins and historical references or uses. 

In research, it was discovered Hebrew drew from the idea of strength for many words and names. But there's also Spanish, Latin, Greek, and Japanese origins included as well. Take a look at the name options below and see which ones stands out the most. Hopefully the name will be a self-fulling prophecy for the babies as they go through life with the strength of their namesakes. And no matter what, it'll mean something to mom and dad, who are strong for raising a child in the first place. That is no easy feat. 

  • ETHAN

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    Ethan
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    Ethan is traditionally a boys' name that means "strong," "safe," "firm." It has Hebrew origins and is the name of several notable famous folks, including Ethan Hawke and Ethan Allen. 

  • MAX

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    Max, which is often short for Maximus or Maximilian, means "greatest," or someone that comes out on top. This, in our opinion, takes a lot of strength. According to Nameberry, stars including Christina Aguilera, Cynthia Nixon, Charlie Sheen, and Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have named their children an iteration of Max.

  • LIAM

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    Liam
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    The name Liam can be linked to the meaning "strong-willed." It's a form of William, of Irish origin, and it's popular -- the #1 baby name in 2019, according to Baby Center. 

  • ALEXANDER

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    The name Alexander has origins in Greece and actually two words into one: "It's composed of the elements alexein (to defend, to help) and andros (man): hence, “defender or helper of mankind.” It makes sense Alexander the Great would be, well, great.

  • EKON

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    Ekon
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    The word Ekon stems from Nigerian and means "strong." It's a traditional African baby name, typically for a boy. We love the way it rolls off the tongue. The power of the name can be heard as soon as it is uttered. 

  • KWAN

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    Kwan
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    Kwan is of Korean origin and means "strong." The singular syllable makes for a short name, but one that commands power. A little boy who was born a fighter would be perfect for this name. 

  • NERON

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    Neron
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    One might recognize the name "Neron" from D.C. comics, though he technically is a villain, the name isn't evil itself. It's a Spanish name that translates to "strong" as well and may be a reason it's a name popularized in the superhero world. 

  • BRIDGET

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    Another name of Irish or Gaelic origin, Bridget means "strength or exalted one." According to Behind the Name, Bridget is derived from the Irish Brighid, "In Irish mythology this was the name of the goddess of fire, poetry and wisdom, the daughter of the god Dagda."

  • AARON

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    Aaron
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    Aaron is another name with a Hebrew origin that means "high mountain" or "strong mountain." A famous Aaron was the man who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel, Aaron Burr.

  • EVERETTE

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    Everett
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    Everette, the surname, derives from the last name Eberhart which means "wild boar and brave, hardy, or strong," according to House of Names. It's a gender neutral name, and can be spelled Everett as well. "Evey" is a super cute nickname for a girl with the name Everette. 

  • GRIFFIN

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    Griffin
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    The meaning of Griffin is "strong lord," perfect for little ones defying the odds on a regular basis. It's also a creature that's half eagle, half lion, and if that doesn't scream strength, we don't know what does.

  • VALENTINA

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    Coming from Latin, Valentina means "strong, vigorous, and powerful." Actress Salma Hayek and Instagram influencer Sazan both named their daughters Valentina.

  • AUDREY

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    Audrey
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    Audrey is an English name that means "noble strength." And of course, one of the most famous Audreys out there is Audrey Hepburn -- the epitome of beauty, class, and brains. Who wouldn't want their little one to emulate that?

  • BRIANNA

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    A form of the name "Brian," the name Brianna is supposedly of Celtic origin and means "strength." Other meanings include "virtuous" and "honorable." For little fighters, we couldn't think of  a more fitting name. 

  • PHILOMENA

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    Philomena
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    The name Philomena is said to have come from "a young third-century Italian martyr whose bones were found in the catacomb of Priscilla in Rome in 1802." Now, the Greek name is said to mean "lover of strength."

  • ADIRA

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    Adira
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    Adira is a Hebrew name that means "strong, noble, powerful." According to The Bump, it's been steadily rising in popularity since the '90s, and has a super elegant sound to it for a little girl 

  • TAKESHI

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    The name Takeshi is all over the news with rapper Takeshi69 in the spotlight. It's a Japanese word that means "strong" and "healthy," and may really speak to a mom looking to name her little fighter who is going through some health issues.

  • VALENCIA

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    Valencia
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    Valencia is a city in Spain, but it also means "strong" and "healthy." It was most popular in 1969 and 1970, and even sounds like something you'd name a fierce, protective warrior. 

  • ISA

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    Isa
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    The name Isa may be short in its appearance, but large in meaning. It means "strength" and has German and Persian origins, and is great for moms looking for a short and simple yet poetic sounding name. 
  • LENNA

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    Lenna
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    Lenna dipped in popularity over the last few decades, but has slowly and surely been inching back up. Its meaning: "Lion's strength," which is something all NICU babies (and their mamas) have inside them!

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