Hoping to pick some names out before your little guy makes his big arrival? Looking for tough boy names that suggest strength and power?

Picking a name out is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make during (or right after) your pregnancy. I mean, your little guy will have to live with that name forever (well, most of the time anyways).

So why not pick a name that has a confident air and a feeling of strength?

In this post, we’ll give you 25 tough baby boy names that have a strong meaning to them.

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25 Tough Boy Names That Have a Strong Meaning


The name Aiden has been pretty popular in recent years, but it actually originated from Aodh, the Celtic god of sun and fire.

It stands for fiery and would bring great strength to your son’s first or middle name. 


If you want to go the classic route, Angus is a mighty tough option. 

Angus is a masculine, Scottish name that means “one strength.” 

A rooted, rugged name for your baby boy. 


Names with an “x” in them just seem to set a masculine tone, and Axel is no exception. 

Derived from the old Biblical name, Absalom, Axel translates to “father of peace” in Scandinavian and German.  

You could use Axel as a first or middle name for your boy and use “Ax” for short


A super rare and rugged name is the name Bane.

Meaning “long awaited child” in Hawaiin, Bane may be the perfect name for your son if you’ve struggled to conceive. 

Bane also means “glorious defender” in Slavic. 

This may also be a great option if you’re a huge Batman fan. 😉


Brock is a short and strong name that may suite your little guy well. 

It’s got a rugged feel, but you hear it pretty rare

It’s a solid English boy name meaning “badger.” 

It’s the perfect name really, as badgers are opportunistic and have exceptional strength and a keen sense of smell. Powerful creatures I tell ya. 


Boone would make such a cute boy’s name.

It’s very unique and has a ton of strength to it. Plus, it’s nice and short

Boone is an English name meaning “good” or “a blessing.” 


Another short and strong name for your little Prince could be “Chet.” 

This masculine name is of English origin and means “fortress.”  

Chet could be a first or middle name, or you could use it as a nickname for “Chester.” 

You could also mix it up and  spell it “Chett.” 


If religion is a strong part of your family, then you may want to consider the name Ezekiel for your son.

In Hebrew, Ezekiel means “God strengthens.” Name your son after this Biblical prophet to show faith, strength, and honor.  

You could also use “Zeke” for short. 


An old school name with some serious swagger. 

In Gaelic, Finn stands for “small blond soldier.” 

I think this would make a great name for a small, mighty fighter who just came earth side. 


The name Gunner just rolls off your tongue. It has a unique, but tough vibe to it and would make a great fit for any handsome fighter.  

It’s a Scandinavian name that stands for “bold warrior.” 

You could also spell it as “Gunnar.” 


Hunter would make an excellent name for an outdoorsy, adventurous little boy. 

Just like the name states, it literally means “one who hunts.” It’s an Old English name that is powerful and mighty. 


Jedrek is quite an unusual name, but certainly has a mighty meaning.

It’s a Polish name that means “strong” and “manly”.

Jed would make a super cute (but still tough) nickname if you decide to go with Jedrek. 


Jett is a name that will soar into your heart. 

It’s short and sweet, but still tough and masculine.

It’s a great option if you think your little guy is fated to be a free spirit, as it means “free” in the English origin.

You could even give your guy nicknames, like “Jett Bug,” “Jetter bean,” or “Jetty.”


If you think your little dude is destined to be a warrior, then consider the name “Kane.” 

It’s short and strong and manly and rugged.

It has many origins, but most often means “warrior” or “fighter.” 


Not gonna lie, the name “Lars” just reminds me of the counselor off of the movie Heavy Weights. But, it definitely has a whole lot of meaning to it! 

Lars is derived from the Old Greek word, Lavrenti, which means “bright one” or “shining one.”  

A short, powerful name for any little Prince. 


A mighty, fierce name for a tough little dude. 

Leon is derived from the Greek λεων (leon), which means “lion.” 

Definitely a name that instills power, fiery, and pride. 


Short, but strong, Lex would make a great name for any little heartbreaker. 

It’s got an edgy tone with a nice punch to it. 

Lex is a Greek name that means “defending men.” 

Bring about empowerment, support, and perseverance by naming your son Lex. 


Liam is an Irish name that means “strong-willed warrior” and “protector”

It’s previously been used as a shortened version of William, but has recently been making great strides as a name itself. 


Maximus is a classic, strong name that means “Greatest.” 

It’s of Latin origin and would be great if you’re looking for more of a traditional feel. Plus, you could use “Max” for short. 

Such a powerful name with a powerful meaning. 


A short, but mighty option.

Owen is a Welsh name that means “young warrior,” “well born,” or “noble.”

I could see Owen as a first or middle name for a lucky little guy.  


The name Ryder just has a rough n’ tough ring to it. You also don’t hear it too often, so it’s nice and unique. 

It has an English origin and means “horseman or knight.” 


A quirky, but masculine option is the name “Titus.” 

This name has survived the Roman Empire and makes a special name today. It stands for “title of honor” or “defender.”  

Name your son Titus to help instill confidence, passion, and hard work. 


Wyatt would make an awesome name for your little stud. 

It’s an English name meaning “brave in war.” 

A respectable name with a whole lot of power. It suggests confidence, will power, and fearlessness


A manly, unique name for your baby boy. The name Xander has a ton of character and is easy to fall in love with. 

It’s a Greek name that stands for “protector of men.”

Can also be spelled as “Zander.” 


Zane is such a special name for a special little guy.

It’s a Hebrew name that means “God’s gracious gift.” It’s said to be a variation of John. 

This one syllable name is nice and short and tough and strong. It suggests independence, ambition, strong-will, and success.

Strength in Name

I hope this list gave you some strong ideas for baby boy names. These 25 names are tough, rugged, and masculine and have a whole lot of meaning to them. 

And remember, if you still haven’t found that perfect name, then don’t fret. You’ll probably know exactly what to pick the moment you see that handsome little dude. 

What About You?

Are you planning to use any of these tough boy names for your little guy? Share your favorite strong boy names in the comments below and be sure to share this post with other moms-to-be. 

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