Eric and 29 other strong baby names for boys
Looking for a boys name with a strong meaning? Here are 30 to choose from for your little champ.

What's in a name? 

Deciding on a suitable name for your baby boy can be a challenging exercise. Do you opt for something that sounds interesting and different or do you look for the deeper meaning and origin in a name?

Put yourself in your child's shoes for a moment and think about whether you would feel comfortable being called by a certain name. Remember, the name you give your child stays with him for the rest of his life. You wouldn't want him to be mortified at the idea of introducing himself to others.

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We've put together 30 of names for boys with strength and valour in their meanings.

1. Ajay
Meaning: Unconquered
Origin: Sanskrit

2. Akbar
Meaning: Powerful
Origin: Arabic

3. Alexander
Meaning: Defender of men
Origin: Greek, Latin

4. Butholezwe
Meaning: Soldier or warrior of the nation
Origin: Ndebele

5. Dilawar
Meaning: Brave, valiant, intrepid, one who has heart
Origin: Indian, Hindu

6. Eric
Meaning: Eternal ruler
Origin: Norse

7. Ethan
Meaning: Strong, safe, firm
Origin: Hebrew, Latin

8. Fezile
Meaning: Accomplished
Origin: Xhosa

9. Hafeez
Meaning: Protector, custodian, guardian
Origin: Arabic

10. Hal
Meaning: Leader of an army
Origin: English

11. Haroon
Meaning: Chief, protector, guard
Origin: Arabic

12. Hlompho
Meaning: Respect
Origin: Sesotho

13. Imran
Meaning: Powerful, exalted nation
Origin: Indian, Arabic

14. Igor
Meaning: Heroic
Origin: Russian

15. Jahangir
Meaning: King of Universe
Origin: Indian, Persian

16. Javed
Meaning: Immortal, eternal
Origin: Indian, Persian

17. Jongikhaya
Meaning: Watching over the home
Origin: Xhosa

18. Ken
Meaning: Born of Fire
Origin: Gaelic

19. Khabane
Meaning: Valuable, precious, warrior
Origin: Sesotho

20. Khalid
Meaning: Creator, immortal, eternal
Origin: Indian, Arabic

21. Mkhokeli
Meaning: Leader
Origin: Xhosa

Meaning: Success
Origin: Zulu

23. Nkwe
Meaning: Tiger
Origin: Sesotho

24. Phumelele
Meaning: Succeeded
Origin: Xhosa

25. Razak
Meaning: Protector; devotee
Origin: Indian, African, Arabic

26. Rex
Meaning: King
Origin: Latin

27. Sacha
Meaning: Protector of Man
Origin: Greek

28. Siphamandla
Meaning: Give us strength
Origin: Zulu

29. Wyatt
Meaning: Little warrior, brave in war
Origin: French

30. Zafir
Meaning: Victorious, triumphant one
Origin: Arabic

Do you have any strong names you think should be included in our list? Email them to, along with their meanings and origins.

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