Thinking of and deciding upon a strong name for your strong boy can be tricky. Our list compiles our favourite 10 strong boy names and gives you an overview of their origins and full meanings.

The top 10 strong boy names

1. Alexander

Meaning ‘defender of man’, think of Alexander the Great! Alexander can be shortened to Alex or Xander, both of which are strong boy names in themselves!

2. Max

Short for Maximillian or Maximus, meaning ‘the greatest’. The main character of Gladiator, Maximus, definitely embodies strength in many manners of the word.

3. Magnar

This Nordic name meaning ‘strong warrior’ comes from Magnus, meaning ‘strong’. It’s where we get many words of similar meaning like ‘magnitude’, ‘magnanimous’, and ‘magnificent’. Magnus appears as a character in History Channel’s Vikings, and is the name of several historical Kings from Norway and Sweden. In George R. R. Martin’s insanely popular series A Song of Ice and Fire, the Magnar of Thenn is the leader of the Thenns, a people north of the Wall that make up the Wildling free folk.

4. Takeo

This Japanese name means ‘strong as bamboo’. The main character in Lian Hearn’s Tales of the Otori series is named Takeo.

5. Donovan

Even though my thoughts jump first to the genre-breaking singer-songwriter of the same name, Donovan means ‘strong fighter’.

6. Austin

This strong boy’s name is a shortened version of the Latin name Augustine, meaning ‘great one’ and ‘magnificent’.

7. Brian

Brian is a Celtic name (or Judean, if you’ve seen Life of Brian) connoting ‘strength’, ‘ascension’ and ‘valour’. According to Babbel, the name Brian first came into use with Brian Boru, an Irish high king from the 10th and 11th centuries.

8. Ethan,

9. Takeshi,

10. Kwan

These three strong boy names round off our list and mean, simply, ‘strong’. Short and sweet!

Are you thinking of other strong boy names that we’ve missed in our list? Tell us about them in the comments!

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  • There’s some nice names on this list and a few unusual ones I haven’t heard before. I love hearing about the origin and meanings of names


  • My son is Xander…


  • I don’t really fancy any of these names. But thanks for sharing anyway.


  • Great name choices


  • Any variation of Mark as it means war like, being from the Roman god of war Mars


  • I don’t really consider those strong but nice and interesting names rather.


  • I don’t think these names are “strong” personally and each to their own for the reasons they choose a name, I don’t look at names as being “strong” etc. To me I need to like the name and yes some of them might mean something but being strong is not important to me.


  • Oliver, is the peace symbol.


  • My son’s name is Archer Elliot and we think it’s a strong name and also a name that means alot to us as my great grandfather was called Archie


  • There’s only a couple of names on this list I like. I much prefer my boys names because I chose them with love.


  • Good names


  • I like Max, Magnar, Takeo and Takeshi


  • What defines strong in a name? My son has a name I love and I’m not concerned about it being strong or not. I think it means Gift from God and I much prefer that.


  • I wouldn’t use many of this list


  • They arent names I would use


  • I don’t really like any of these names. Max and Alexander are becoming very common


  • Thanks for the info.


  • Most of these are nice names.


  • Wyatt has been missed from the list. It means guide or lead.


  • I like strong traditional names.


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