Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Abeer

Aroma; strong

Hebrew

Abraham

Father of nations

Hebrew

Adrian

From Hadria

Latin

Ajani

He Who Wins the Struggle

African

Ajax

“The birdman,” from the Greek aia.

Greek

Aldo

Old one, elder

Spanish

Alexander

Defender of man

Greek

Alfonzo

Ready for battle

Spanish

Alistair

Man's defender

Greek

Alonso

Ready for battle

Spanish

Anakin

Warrior

American

Andor

Man, warrior

Greek

Andres

Manly

Spanish

Andrew

Manly and powerful

Greek

Angus

One choice

Celtic

Archer

Bowman

English

Armando

Soldier

German

Arnold

Eagle ruler

German

Arron

Mountain of strength

Scottish

Arthur

Bear

Celtic

Asad

More fortunate

Arabic

Atlas

Enduring

Greek

Atsushi

Compassionate warrior

Japanese

Augustus

Great, magnificient

Latin

Autry

Noble strength

English

Axel

My father is peace

Scandinavian

Ayaan

Gift of God.

Arabic

Aziz

The All-Powerful

Arabic

Barren

Young warrior

German

Bear

Strong, brave bear

German

Bernard

Strong, brave bear

German

Bjorn

Bear

Scandinavian

Blade

Knife, sword

English

Blaze

Stutter

Latin

Boaz

Strength

Hebrew

Boris

Small; battle glory

Slavic

Cadell

Battle

Welsh

Cahir

Wamor

Irish

Cannon

Official of the church

French

Captain

Commander

English

Carlos

Free man

Spanish

Cassius

“The helmeted warrior,” based on the Latin cassis, a helmet.

Latin

Charles

Free man

German

Chase

Hunter

English

Christopher

Bearing Christ

English

Conan

Hound, wolf; high

Irish

Connell

Strong wolf

Scottish

Constantine

Constant, steadfast

Latin

Damon

One who tames, subdues

Greek

Daniel

God is My Judge

Hebrew

Dante

Enduring

Latin

Dash

Diminutive of Dashiell

English

David

Beloved

Hebrew

Dax

Place name

French

Derek

Ruler of the people

English

Dillon

Like a lion; loyal

Irish

Dominic

Of the Lord

Latin

Donnell

World mighty; brown-haired fighter

Scottish

Duncan

Dark warrior; brown fighter

Scottish

Dustin

Brave warrior; dusty area

German

Eamonn

Wealthy protector

Irish

Eason

Protector, great one.

Irish

Edge

Border, End of a Surface

American

Edrick

Rich and powerful

English

Eduardo

Wealthy guard

Spanish

Edward

Wealthy guard

English

Elvy

Elf warrior

English

Emery

Home strength

English

Eric

Everlasting ruler

Scandinavian

Ermias

God will rise

African

Ernest

Serious; battle to the death

German

Ethan

Enduring and strong

Hebrew

Everardo

Brave, strong boar

English

Everett

Brave boar

English

Falcon

Bird of prey

Latin

Faris

Iron-strong

English

Findley

Fair-haired courageous one

Irish

Finley

Fair warrior

Scottish

Frederic

Peaceful ruler

German

Gabriel

God is my strength

Hebrew

Gadiel

God is my fortune

Arabic

Gage

Pledge

English

Garrison

Spear-fortified town; protection, stronghold

English

George

Farmer

Greek

Gonzalo

Battle

Spanish

Gunnar

Battler, warrior

German

Gunner

Warrior

Scandinavian

Gunthar

Battler, warrior

German

Harland

Army land

English

Hashim

Crusher of evil

Arabic

Hawk

Falcon, bird of prey

English

Henrik

Home ruler

German

Henry

Home ruler

English

Hunter

Hunter

English

Huntley

Meadow of the hunter

English

Ivar

Yew; yew, bow army

Scandinavian

Jabari

Valiant

African

Jaeger

Hunter

German

Jagger

Carter

English

Jair

God enlightens

Spanish

Jamal

Handsome

Arabic

Jett

Black

English

Joaquin

Lifted by God

Spanish

Julius

Youthful and downy

Greek

Justus

Upright, just

Latin

Kade

From the wetlands

Scottish

Kage
Kagen

Small flame; ardent

Irish

Kamau

Quiet Warrior

African

Kane

Battle

Irish

Karl

Free man

German

Kendrew

Man, warrior

Scottish

Kendrick

Bold power

English

Kenji

Intelligent second son; strong, vigorous

Japanese

Kian

Ancient; God is gracious

Irish

Kijani

Warrior

African

Knight

Knight's meadow

English

Kylo

Sky

American

Kyro

Victorious

Arabic

Ledger

Speared tribe

English

Leonardo

Brave lion

Italian

Lev

A Russian form of Leo, “the lion.”

Russian

Lincoln

Lake colony

English

Lionel

Lion

Latin

Louis

Famous warrior

French

Luis

Famous warrior

Spanish

Luther

Soldier of the people

German

Malcolm

Devotee of Saint Columba

Scottish

Malik

King

Arabic

Mallon

Little strong warrior

English

Mandla

Strength

African

Manuel

God is with us

Spanish

Martin

Of Mars

Latin

Mason

Stoneworker

English

Matthias

Gift of God

Welsh

Mattis

Gift of God

Scandinavian

Maverick

Independent one

American

Max

Greatest

English

Maximus

Greatest

Latin

Maynard

Brave or hard strength

German

McKinley

Son of the white warrior; learned ruler

Scottish

Menard

Brave or hard strength

German

Miles

Soldier

Latin

Milo

Soldier

German

Murphy

Sea warrior

Irish

Naois

Mythical warrior

Celtic

Nicholas

Victory of the people

Greek

Ondrei

Man, warrior

Greek

Orval

Spear strength

English

Osborn

Bear god

English

Osvaldo

God's power

German

Oswald

God's power

German

Otniel

God's strength, God's lion

Hebrew

Patton

Fighter's town

English

Quinlan

Fit, shapely, strong

Irish

Rafael

God heals

Spanish

Raiden

Thunder and lightning

Japanese

Ramiro

Renowned counselor

Spanish

Reiner

Judgment warrior; deciding warrior

Scandinavian

Rex

King

Latin

Ricardo

Brave ruler

Spanish

Roman

One from Rome

Latin

Roosevelt

Rose field

Danish

Rory

Red king

Irish

Ryder

Mounted warrior

English

Sahel

Leader

African

Santos

The saints

Spanish

Sephirio

West wind

Spanish

Sigmund

Victorious hand or protector

German

Sikander

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

Sloane

Man of arms, warrior

Irish

Sylvester

Wooded

Latin

Tahir

Pure

Arabic

Takeshi

Military, Warrior

Japanese

Theodore

God's gift

Greek

Theron

Hunter

Greek

Thiago

Supplanter

Portuguese

Thomas

Twin

Greek

Timber

Wood, Strong

American

Titan

Defender

Greek

Titus

The avenger

Greek

Trahern

Strength of iron

Welsh

Triton

God of the sea

Greek

Troy

Foot soldier

Irish

Ungus

One vigor

Irish

Uziel

Strength, power

Hebrew

Uzziah

The Lord is my strength; strength, power

Hebrew

Valentin

Strong, healthy

Latin

Valor
Victor

Champion

Latin

Vila

Strong-willed Warrior

Hungarian

Vincent

Conquer

Latin

Washington

“From the washing village,” i.e., from the village near the river or stream where the women wash clothes, based on the Anglo-Saxon wascan (wash) and tun (village).

English

Winston

Joyful stone

English

Woodrow

Row of houses by the wood

English

Wyatt

Brave in battle

English

Wyeth

War strength

English

Xander

Defender of man

Greek

Yaseen

Chief

Arabic

Yazeed

Becoming greater

African

Zavier

Savior; bright; splendid; new house

Spanish

Zuberi

Strong

African

Mighty monikers are always in style, and tough boy names are no exception. Whether it’s a powerful meaning giving them grit or an edgy sound, these names have brawn and grit. From the most popular options to the super uncommon, let’s check some out together.

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If you’d like something more subtle, you’re in luck, as many tough names for boys have hidden meanings that give them strength. Some of today’s top choices have such treasures, like Wyatt’s “brave in battle” and Henry’s “home-ruler.” Miles and his friend Milo mean “soldier,” while Nicholas means “victory of the people.” Vincent is a classic meaning “conquer,” while Andrew means “manly and powerful.” Christopher’s “bearing Christ” and Gabriel’s “God is my strength” are top-notch choices for honoring your faith at the same time too.

Some tough boy names get their strength through association. These are favorites amongst history buffs and the faithful alike. George and Edward have been worn by many kings, for instance. Abraham is Biblical and presidential, while Alexander appeared as one of history’s greatest military generals. Many great thinkers have held the classic Thomas over time, including inventors, authors, and scientists, while Charles has been worn by nobility, naturalists, and novelists far and wide.

Tough boy names come from around the world in various styles, syllables, and meanings. Hopefully, you find the perfect name for your little guy among them.