10 Strong Baby Names With Powerful Meanings

by Elizabeth Bennett on May 26, 2020

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Powerful Baby Names Inspired by Legends and Leaders

Our names shape our identity. We may carry the name of a dearly beloved relative or be inspired to achieve great things because of our namesake. Names are our connection to the outside world and each other. The significance of names is often diluted in modern times with celebrities who seem to be in competition over who can come up with the strangest moniker.

But names really do matter. Our children bear the names that we will use to identify them for the rest of their lives. A baby name is the first gift we give to our child, so it's important to choose one that is both meaningful to you and inspiring for them.

If you're looking for strong baby names for boys and girls, here are 10 hand-selected names based on


5 Strong Boy Names From Sports Legends

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If you want your son to become an athlete, you may think of naming him after Jackie Robinson. The name is also a wonderful testament to black culture as Robinson was the first-ever African-American Major League Baseball (MLB) player.



Cal is a contemporary, one-syllable name that means "devotion" in Hebrew. It was also the name of Cal Ripken, Jr., the iconic Baltimore Oriels baseball player who broke the world record when he played 2,632 consecutive games.



Walter Payton is an NFL Hall of Fame legend who was nicknamed "sweetness" because of his playstyle and charitable acts off the field. This name is an inspiring choice for sports-loving parents who want their son to carry a name rooted in kindness and generosity.



A unique place name, Montana is the fourth-largest U.S. state and known for its breathtaking nature and mountain terrains. Montana was also the last name of Joe Montana, the one-time National Football League quarterback who was nicknamed "Mr. Cool."



Tom Brady is one of the most famous modern football players who holds six Super Bowl victories and has been named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) four times. The name Brady is originally an Irish surname that means "spirited" or "broad."


5 Iconic Female Ruler Names for Girls

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Cleo is one of the top trending names in the U.S. right now, and it's the perfect nickname for the exotic and empowering Cleopatra. The Greek ruler of Egypt was known for her striking intellect. Scholars believe she spoke up to nine languages, and her breadth of knowledge spanned from philosophy to astronomy.



The former Queen of Castile and Aragon is immortalized by her kind spirit and curious nature. She heavily supported Christopher Columbus's expedition that led to the discovery of the Americas, and she was a social advocate who preached equality for Native Americans. Isabella has Latin, Italian and Spanish origins and means "pledged to God."



Elizabeth derives from Hebrew and means "My God is an oath." It is most commonly known as the most common female name in the British Royal family. Elizabeth I was the Queen of England until 1603, and the current queen, Elizabeth II, has been ruler since 1953.



Amina, which means "peace" in Arabic, was also the name of a Nigerian queen who was a skilled military leader. It was her expertise that resulted in the largest border expansion in the history of Zaria. The trade routes she helped establish expanded the economy, and she now lives on in stories as an icon of female leadership and empowerment.



The Westernized version of the French name Valeria, Valerie means "strong or valiant" and was also the name of a medieval saint called Valerie of Limoges. The Christian martyr's legend says that she was a kind, selfless maid who, after being beheaded for her faith, carried her head to Saint Martial.
by Sheyna Garcia on June 16, 2020

Beautiful & creative names. Very helpful! Thank you.

by Valerie on June 14, 2020

Wow. I learned something new about my own name. How awesome!!

by Kassie Corder on June 05, 2020

Lovely choices! We picked Leo, which is a strong name to us

by Brooke on June 04, 2020

Love these names- but family names are the way to go in my book!

by fiona on June 04, 2020

i love isabella!

by Sonja on June 04, 2020

We chose Monroe for our baby girl! 😍

by Erin diaz on June 04, 2020

Wow so informational when it comes to picking a name. Makes the choice a little more fun

by Kristen Hartong on June 04, 2020


by Adrianna Oliver on June 04, 2020

Cool article

by Ivette Aleman on June 04, 2020

My daughter will be named Sarai!

by Selena morales on June 04, 2020

Great blog

by Amanda Collins on June 04, 2020

If we have a girl it’ll be amelia

by Ashley Migues on June 04, 2020

Great blog

by Amanda on June 04, 2020

We are naming our baby girl Isabella ♥️ Love these names

by Heather on June 04, 2020

Its always sweet to find out the meaning behind names

by Stephanie on June 04, 2020

Great list, Jackson is one of my favorite boy names!

by Shelly Ketcherside on June 03, 2020

I love knowing the meaning of names but I like the unusual names.

by Nicole Watson on June 03, 2020

Awesome list of names.

by Angelica on June 03, 2020

Love this list! They’re all such strong names! We named our stillborn son Amos, it means carried by God. I love the idea of naming our rainbow baby Cal, they pair so well together!

by Ashley Baker on June 03, 2020

Love this!

by Amber Kolb on June 03, 2020

I love the name Jackson! So cute!

by Danielle Minshall on June 03, 2020

My oldest daughters middle name is Elizabeth!! She is pregnant and due iNovember 28th!! Thank you for the awesome knowledge!!

by Karen on June 03, 2020

Love it , very informative

by Joann Bodnar on June 02, 2020

great blog!

by RR on June 02, 2020


by Melisa Gutierrez on June 02, 2020

I’m a big fan of the name Elizabeth however we didn’t name our rainbow baby that because my cousin has that name already.

by Jodie Sharar Thomas on June 02, 2020

Awesome names

by Sameena Shaikh on June 01, 2020


by Randelle Solomon on May 31, 2020

Nice! I like Isabella, but it’s already my niece’s name, lol

by Karen Qureshi on May 31, 2020

Nice we have Elizabeth which is my sister’s name and Izabella with a z !

by Palak garg on May 31, 2020

Really amazing blog🥰

by Deepika garg on May 31, 2020

Great to have lovely names for my lovely child

by Sue E on May 31, 2020

When We named our children, I never looked into their names. I do have a daughter named Valerie. I didn’t know that her name was one of the 5 Iconic Female Ruler Names for Girls. I’m glad the kids never looked into their names! No squabbles that way.

by rital patel on May 30, 2020

Wow . I don’t think about this . I will surely think many time before my 2 baby name .

by Sarah on May 30, 2020

I love the girl names!!

by Artemisa Pasku on May 30, 2020

Absolutely lovely post😍 thanks for sharing it and I love Jackson baby name so much !₩

by Jeri Bird on May 30, 2020


by My Tu on May 30, 2020

Absolutely love Amina and Payton!

by Myna Tu on May 30, 2020

Absolutely love !! Love Amina and Payton

by kristina daniels on May 30, 2020

Very beautiful names!

by Alexandra mantilla on May 29, 2020

Great info! Loved the names

by Brittany on May 29, 2020

May have to consider these names!

by Nicole Warnement on May 29, 2020

Love the name Amina!

by Racheal Needham on May 27, 2020

I love these names, especially Jackson!

by Ciayrra on May 27, 2020

Very cool article. Love the names!

by Jennylyn Gross on May 27, 2020

very interesting