Recently, we’ve seen traditional and classic names rule the baby name world. Some parents have also named their children after colors, countries, flowers, actors, and political figures. But now is the age of badass baby names. Giving your little one a badass name does not imply that he will grow into an evil kid.
Below is our list of badass baby names. Some of these names are modern; some are inspired by our favorite celebrities, and others harken back to a time where badass was considered outrageous. But, we’ve selected a list of some badass names. So, keep reading.
Badass Girl Names:
The name may mean ‘angel’, but its most famous bearer Angelina Jolie is anything but. This feisty actor epitomized the bad girl by declaring her love for knives and wearing blood around her neck. Today, Angelina Jolie is an iconic actor and a humanitarian. This moniker is also shared by Angelina Grimke Weld, the abolitionist who fought for the women’s right.
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This Hebrew name can mean ‘ghost,’ ‘night monster’, or ‘storm goddess,’ depending on the translation. As per Jewish folklore, Lilith was Adam’s first wife, but was banished from Garden of Eden, when she refused to make herself subservient to Adam. The name is not every popular within the religious communities, but has blossomed through the pop culture as a name full of independence and strength.
This name evokes not just the Ivy League elitism, but also high-stakes revenge schemes. This name was personified perfectly by Blair Waldorf, the “Gossip Girls” evil queen. With her icy stare and flawless hairs, Blair Waldorf commanded both adoration and attention wherever she went. And Blair can be used for baby boys as well.
The name Lola brings to mind a sly temptress who does not like following rules. Both Jean Harlow and Marlene Dietrich played the roles of saucy Lolas in “Bombshell” and “The Blue Angel” respectively. And how can anyone forget the catchy chorus “L-O-L-A”? This name is a favorite in Hollywood right now.
Aella was the fierce Amazon warrior notorious for wielding a double-edged sword in Greek mythology. This beautiful name means ‘whirlwind.’ We’re not quite sure about its pronunciation. Perhaps our Greek readers could help us with it.
Ruby is one of the coolest badass baby girl names, especially when you consider the power of the bad girl, Ruby Rose in “Orange is the New Black,” who is a DJ, model, and a recording artist.
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The Irish name Aiden has become quite popular in the recent years, probably because of its meaning ‘little and fiery’. The name is inspired from Aodh, the Celtic god of the sun, but there are similar versions of it found in some cultures, for instance, Aydin, which is a Turkish name, meaning ‘enlightened.’
The name Luna is as powerful as the celestial object it is named after. Luna means ‘moon,’ which is not just a beautiful celestial object, but also controls the tides. This moniker shines as brightly as the moon enlightening the dark world. Plus, the Greek goddess of the Moon, Artemis was also a badass.
Amelia Bloomer, the women’s rights activist is best known for advocating for the less restrictive women’s clothing in the 19th century. She is also considered the first of the feminists. The name also brings to mind the aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.
Shabina is a beautiful Arabic name and means ‘eye of the storm’, which is just, well, badass. In nature, the eye of the storm is the region of calm weather in the center of hurricane, cyclone and tropical storm. If you go with the metaphorical sense, don’t we all want to be the eye of the storm in life?
The hissing sound of this name is reminiscent of a snake. And it also has a snobbish air to it. Along with these, Sadie also brings to mind the cool girl that everyone loves to hate. And the Beatles immortalized this name via their song, “Sexy Sadie”.
Harlow is an English baby name that means ‘meadow of hares’. What makes badass baby names stand out is that it does not refer to the cute, little bunnies, but energetic and anti-social hares. A girl with this name would not be afraid to be herself.
Tempest is a cool and evocative word name. The first part of Tempest, a moniker from England speaks of a temperate nature. But it also refers to the turbulent storm. This moniker is for girls who are passionate by nature, but would also come to reason quickly.
It cannot get more badass than his. Tequila is a Spanish name for liquor that is obtained from the agave plant. This alcohol is believed to bring out the real person. So a girl named Tequila would also be a real thing. She will not try to hide her original self from anyone.
Do you wish your daughter to become a famous activist and writer? Then you can name her Kartini for Raden Ajeng Kartini, the social activist who advocated for women’s education and emancipation and wrote about the need for protection of traditional arts and public health on the island of Java. Some even regard her as Indonesia’s first feminist.
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If you want your baby to fight tirelessly for justice, you couldn’t pick a name better than Ida. Ida Wells-Barnett was a brilliant American suffragist, journalist, and anti-lynching campaigner. She wrote on history and law of lynching and worked with multiple associations and organizations for the advancement of the African-American women. She even blocked the establishment of segregated schools in Chicago.
Raven Darkholme is one of the most badass superheroines. In the X-men movies. Raven was a close aid of Professor X, the leader of X-Men. She fought for mutant justice with him. And there’s Raven from the series “That’s So Raven”. People who have watched the series must be well aware of how cool and daring Raven was on the show.
If you want your daughter’s name to be exceedingly glamorous and badass at the same time, we suggest you name her Nancy, after Nancy Wake, the journalist and spy of the French Resistance during the Second World War. During the war, Nancy saved lives of over a hundred Allied soldiers and downed aviators by escorting them through France to Spain.
Beretta is one of the most usable word names we have come across. The gun Beretta, manufactured by the Italian firearms was named after the owner of the company. This name has now entered the mainstream as a badass baby name. Bristol Palin used it as a middle name for her daughter Breeze.
Do you think your bundle of joy has a fine, artistic mind? Then name her Artemisia after one of the most badass artists of the Baroque era. Artemisia Gentileschi achieved acclaim at a time when women were not even allowed to attend the art academies. She was raped by her colleague’s father and had to go through a brutal trial. Her rapist was convicted, but he did not serve his sentence. After the trial, Artemisia painted her most famous work “Judith Slaying Holofernes, as revenge for her trial.
This macho biker name has now traveled to the female territory. It was given to over 900 girls last year, which is double the number of baby boys named Harley. Harley entered the female side in the year 1991, after the introduction of Joker’s female assistant Harley Quinn in the Batman universe. In the United Kingdom, Harley holds the 49th spot, not bad for a badass baby name. And we predict that it will climb even further.
Badass Nicknames For Girls:
This bold name, beginning with the powerful ‘X’ and softened by the final ‘A’ is sure to catch the attention of many parents. And it is associated with the television warrior princess as well.
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Rebel is usually considered as a girl’s name, all thanks to the outstanding comedian Rebel Wilson, but we think it would work equally well for the boys, but as a nickname. The term rebel means ‘someone who rises against the masses’. It also brings to mind the ferocity of James Dean and Katniss Everdeen.
Rogue is a prime example of aggressive word names that are the off-the-grid branch of the new macho baby names. The name means ‘a man who is a major troublemaker,’ with troubles ranging from mischief to lawlessness. But to us, the name reminds of Marvel female superhero of the same name.
Blaise is originally a trendier form of the Latin Blaise. It has featured in the Arthurian legend as the name of Merlin the Magician’s secretary. This unisex name has a connotation that does not match its meaning. It may sound, fiery, hot and combustible, but Blaze actually means ‘the one who stutters’. Amanda Bead named her son Blaise, but you can stick with Blaze.
Roxy is one of those monikers that only a leather-clad vixen can pull off. Who would even think of messing a girl name Roxy? This short form of Roxanna, meaning ‘dawn and bright’, has a tough and sassy vibe to it. And it has a bad-girl history as well, thanks to the infamous “Police” song.
Badass Boy Names:
If you want a hardcore badass name for your kid, look no further than Darby. Darby Crash was the famous front man for the punk rock band, “The Germs”. The name means ‘deer town,’ relatively peaceful, isn’t it?
Tough as nails and hard as the rock, Rocco is the guy who commands respect wherever he goes. It might sound big mature for a baby, but he will eventually grow into it. This name caught the fancy of Madonna and Guy Ritchie as well, and they named their son Rocco.
When it comes to honoring the badass James Dean, you could just go with his last name Dean, which means ‘having lived near a valley’. This moniker conjures up images of a young boy with slicked-back hair riding motorcycle at midnight.
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Ryder is another super badass name for you to consider. It sounds like it belongs to a race car driver, even though it means ‘messenger’. The name tripled in popularity after Kate Hudson gave this name to her first-born baby.
Maddox is out and out badass. Not just because of the trendy ‘x’ ending, but also because it has a super cool association. The famous celebrity Angelina Jolie chose his name for her first children, which brought this moniker to mainstream. Since then, there has no going back for this name. Earlier, Maddox was an obscure Welsh family name, related to Madoc, meaning ‘fortunate’.
Axel is a Scandinavian form of the Biblical Absalom, the son of King David. This super cool and badass moniker is associated with the “Guns n Roses” front man Axl Rose. Interestingly enough, the meaning of Axl is ‘father of peace’, which is in a way opposite of badass. But it still sounds pretty great. You can use Ax as the nickname. It is very edgy and sounds cool.
The name Blade may sound a bit irregular, as it is smooth and macho at the same. Some parents may find it a bit threatening though. And we have a superhero of this name as well. The superhero Blade is immune to the bites and hypnosis of the supernatural vampires. He lacks the powers and abilities of a superhero and relies on his skill and determination.
Ranger is an occupational baby boy name, meaning ‘forest guardian’. The name Ranger sounds much better than Danger. It has a western, cow boyish feel to it.
Breaker is an aggressive baby boy name on the lines of Heller and Tracker. This robust name has become a hip amongst parents who have issues with the law.
Dagger is a sharp and edgy name that some parents may arm their child to prepare them for a war in the cruel world. While it sounds badass, there are also a plenty of reasons not to name your child Dagger.
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This moniker has some mixed connotations. Some people find it more fitting as the name for a dog. But it’s also a strong name with notable associations, Like Elvis King and Dr. Martin Luther King. The moniker entered the popularity list in the year 2006 at the 898th spot. Today, it’s under 200.
The power name Cassius owes its fame to the professional boxer and cultural icon, Muhammad Ali, who was born Cassius Marcellus Clay. The moniker was also chosen by actor Balthazar Getty and singer Bobby Brown for their son. With such namesakes, it’s no surprise that Cassius has become so popular over the years.
Lowell is usually considered a last name as a first name for boys and means ‘young wolf’. The popularity of this name hit its peak in the 1930s, when it was in the top 150. Since then, there haven’t been many takers of this name, which in a way is good for your baby. He would stumble into another Lowell in his school.
Yes, we know that Alfred is a bit mature and old school for a baby, but it has a very positive meaning of ‘sage and wise’. This name holds the combined power of whimsy and intelligence; traits that parents want in their children. This name comes from the Old English name Aelfraed and means ‘elf counsel’. Plus, it has cute nickname possibilities in Freddy and Alfie.
Damon, the tougher and edgier version of Damian implies stoic strength. It is perfectly embodied by the anti-hero vampire Damon Salvatore in “The Vampire Diaries”. In the classical mythology, Damon was the symbol of true friendship. He risked his life to save his friend Pythias from execution.
This old Russian baby name, meaning ‘to fight’, is gaining popularity in Europe. The only issue is that you could be setting your son for a job in skull cracking; if you bestow the name on your child, (we hope you know about the Boris tattoo skull reference’.
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Ace is no longer tied to the weak and hapless Ace Ventura. From acing an examination to an ace up the sleeve, this moniker sounds bad to the bone even after having so many positive connotations. Jessica Simpson, Jennie Finch, Natalie Appleton and Tom Dumont, all have little Aces. The meaning of Ace is ‘one, unity’.
Puma is a large cat, just like a mountain lion or a cougar. This strong hunter, like most of its cousins, easily to its environment. Just like its bearer, even the name means ‘strength’ and that’s what makes it badass. This jaunty name has taken a flight not just among the celebs, but also other parents.
Here’s an instance of word turned into a name. Rocket is a badass name, meaning ‘jet propelled’. The famous hip-hop star Pharrell Williams also named his son Rocket. He quoted that his wife randomly chose the name from the lyrics of Pharrell’s favorite musicians.
Wyatt is relaxed, yet a highly respectable name. It is an English baby boy name meaning ‘guide, wood, or wide’. It’s most badass bearer is Wyatt Earp, the wild west hero and badass frontier officer. It’s currently in 39th spot, the highest it has ever reached. Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn were the first of celebs to use Wyatt for their son.
Belonging to the category of old-fashioned nicknames like Biff, Buzz or Bud, Buster is a bit of a belligerent. Jonny Lee Miller and Michelle Hicks moved outside the box when they used it as a middle name for their son Timothy.
Kodiak has been, hot, or you can say cool for several years now. It has an American, cow boyish charm to it. The Russian and American name Kodiak means the same thing in both the countries ‘island’. But in Alaska, Kodiak means a badass ‘grizzly bear’. So a baby boy named Kodiak will not be afraid of anything.
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Badass Nicknames For Boys:
The name started as a soap opera character, but is now associated with Jax Teller, the central character on “Sons of Anarchy” fans. In the series, Jax is the tattooed president of a motorcycle club. We think Jax would make a cool short form for children named Jackson, Jaxon or Jackson. This name has shot 100 places in the last two years.
Hunter is a straightforward American name, meaning ‘the one who hunts’. The name Hunter combines the macho imagery with softened masculinity. It was and still is the top pick of parents who wanted something stronger than Jason and Michael.
Diesel is a recent entry in the neo-macho, badass names along with Ranger, Harley and Breaker. People may think it as a word name for the fuel, but it’s actually a German surname, derived from Mathias or Matthew. This name entered the American name lexicon, thanks to the celebs Casey Daigle and Jennie Finch who chose it for their baby.
Flash is a great badass nickname for your son. Most of the people would associate it with Flash Gordon, the superhero, but Flash would also appeal to modern parents looking for an active baby boy name. Or you can even use it as a nickname.
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This name entered the mainstream via Keanu Reeves’ character in “The Matrix”. And going by the movie, this name is definitely badass. Neo Rauch, the contemporary German artist is one of the famous bearers of this name.
Which of these names would you select for your child? Tell us by commenting below!
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