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These Tough Baby Names for Boys Will Stand the Test of Time

Kim Grundy is a mom, writer, expert laundry folder and sandwich maker, not necessarily in that order. Raised in Oklahoma, she is now a West Coast gal and lives in California with her husband and two sons, along with one dog, two fish (oo...

Rugged and cool baby boy names

When it comes to naming your new baby boy, sometimes you just want to go with the classics — and rugged and cool boy names will never go out of style.

We did some internet research (and talked with some moms) to come up with a long list of names for boys that have a little bit of toughness to them, but also have a little sweetness mixed in, too.

Rugged and cool baby boy names
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Unique boy names with an edge

The following tough baby names with an edge are rock-star cool, yet are also fairly easy to spell and pronounce. As you may notice, names with an “x” or “z” instantly gives them a more unique sound.

More: Unique Baby Names for Boys & Girls We Wish We'd Thought of First

Boy names with tough meanings

You can also search for boy names by looking at their meanings. The following tough guy names mean “powerful" or "rough."

  • Garvan: Irish name meaning “rough”
  • Calder: Scottish name meaning “rough waters”
  • Emmett: German name meaning “powerful”
  • Maynor: French name meaning “powerful”
  • RichmanEnglish name meaning
  • Ajax: Greek name meaning “powerful warrior”
  • Amir: Hebrew name meaning “powerful”
  • Emerson: English name meaning “brave; powerful”
  • Reggie: German name meaning “powerful ruler”
  • Rich: German name meaning “powerful ruler”

For more ideas, check out the following tough boy names that mean "strong:"

  • Bryant: Celtic name meaning “strong”
  • Carlo: French name meaning “strong”
  • Chasin: Hebrew name meaning “strong”
  • Durango: French name meaning “strong”
  • Ozzie: Hebrew name meaning “strong”

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Originally published December 2015. Updated June 2017.

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