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Boy and girl baby names with strong and special meanings

Most expectant parents can agree on two things. One, choosing a baby name is way, way harder than anyone ever said it would be. And two, it's those strong and sturdy baby names that sound like they'll stand the test of time. If you're convinced you're carrying a little CEO in your oven, these commanding boy and girl baby names could help you narrow down your final pick.

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The following baby girl names and baby boy names have meanings that are powerful and strong.

Boy and girl baby names with strong and special meanings
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Boy names

  1. Amell -- German name meaning "power of an eagle"
  2. Oswald -- English name meaning "divine power"
  3. Rinaldo -- Italian name meaning "wise power"
  4. Aziel -- Hebrew name meaning "God is my power"
  5. Kano -- Japanese name meaning "one's masculine power; capability"
  6. Ozzy -- English name meaning "divine power"
  7. Edric -- English name meaning "power and good fortune"
  8. Azai -- Hebrew name meaning "strength"
  9. Ryker -- Danish name meaning "strength"
  10. Angus -- Gaelic name meaning "superior strength"

Girl names

  1. Valda -- German name meaning "power, rule"
  2. Comfort -- French name meaning "strength"
  3. Ebba -- German name meaning "strength"
  4. Jaiyana -- Arabic name meaning "strength"
  5. Audra -- French name meaning "nobility, strength"
  6. Audree -- French name meaning "nobility, strength"
  7. Mildred -- English name meaning "mild of strength"
  8. Millie -- French name meaning "strength, determination"
  9. Orzora -- Hebrew name meaning "God's strength"
  10. Carla -- Portuguese name meaning "one who possesses strength"

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Powerful boy names

From past presidents to brilliant businessman and investors, check out our list of powerful men with equally powerful names.

  1. George -- George Washington, first President of the U.S.
  2. Barack -- Barack Obama, President of the U.S.
  3. Bill -- Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft
  4. Sergey -- Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google
  5. Michael -- Michael Duke, CEO of Wal-Mart
  6. Mark -- Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook
  7. Bernard -- Bernard Arnauld, Chairman of Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy
  8. Warren -- Warren Buffett, billionaire
  9. Kennedy -- John F. Kennedy, former President of the U.S.
  10. David -- David Koch, billionaire owner of Koch Industries

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Powerful girl names

Taking a look at Forbes' most powerful women list gives us some great ideas of wonderful names that represent strong and determined women. Check out the top 10 most powerful women as ranked by Forbes and consider naming your baby girl after these women who are great role models.

  1. Angela -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel
  2. Hillary -- Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State
  3. Dilma -- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff
  4. Indra -- CEO of Pepsi (and mom of two!) Indra Nooyi
  5. Sheryl -- Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg
  6. Melinda -- Melinda Gates, Bill Gates' wife and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  7. Sonia -- President of India's congress party, Sonia Ghandi
  8. Michelle -- First Lady Michelle Obama
  9. Christine -- Head of the IMF Christine Lagarde
  10. Irene -- Kraft Foods CEO Irene Rosenfeld

Before you go, check out our slideshow below:

Boy and girl baby names with strong and special meanings
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Originally published Oct. 2011. Updated Oct. 2016.

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