My daughter has loads of stuffed animal toys, and I mean loads. I remember as a boy I had maybe two or three (I vaguely remember I had a little elf called Smudge and a teddy bear called Bobby!). She, on the other hand, has multiple stuffed bunnies, a couple of cats, a dog, a sheep, an elephant, a penguin and a monkey…and she has names for all of them.
But I don’t think my daughter is alone in this. Kids these days seem to have more toys in general and coming up with names for stuffed animals can be challenging. In this article, let’s take a look at some names for different stuffed toys in various categories.
Names for stuffed animals
Without further ado, here is a list of names you can use for different types of stuffed animals. Talk them through with your son or daughter, or if she’s a little older, she can practice reading and saying the names. Let’s start with some generic boy and girl names:
Names for stuffed elephants
Although we have a blue stuffed elephant, surprisingly my daughter doesn’t have a name for it. Maybe I’ll show her some of the names below to spark her imagination?
Cute names for stuffed cats
My daughter has about four stuffed cat toys (as far as I know); Vika, Cat, Max and Lucy. Kids love cats as they are cute and fun so here are a few feline names to choose from.
Names for stuffed dogs
Here are some paw-some names (I’ll get my coat) for stuffed dogs. We have one stuffed dog called Pugsley. That name was my idea, and one of the few occasions my daughter listened to one of my suggestions 🙂
Names for stuffed horses
Horses are beautiful and elegant creatures, so they can make a great choice as a stuffed toy for children. Here are some ideas:
Names for sloth stuffed animals
Although not as popular as teddy bears, cats or dogs, a sleepy sloth can make a great stuffed animal. Here are several suggestions:
- Mr Sloth
Stuffed lion names
In our household, three of us are Leos (born in August) and I’m sure I’ve seen a small stuffed lion at some point in my daughter’s room. She enjoys being a little lioness at times! Here are a few names which will make a great choice for a toy lion.
Cool names for a stuffed octopus
After watching The Octonauts, my son seems fascinated with eight-legged sea creatures. Here are some names to choose from:
- Dr. Octopus
Stuffed monkey names
Who doesn’t like a cheeky monkey? Most kids have seen Abu the monkey from Aladdin, or for parents, they may remember Marcel from Friends. Here are a several names that are suitable for a stuffed monkey:
- King Kong
Stuffed animal cow names
Here are some a-moo-zing names (I’m on a roll here with these puns) for cows:
Names for a stuffed bunny
Bunnies are cute and fluffy so they make a great choice for stuffed animals. In our home, stuffed rabbits are by the far the most common stuffed toy. Hopefully this list below will give you some ideas:
Names for stuffed ducks
As children I’m saw we’ve all seen Daffy and Donald Duck in those classic cartoons. Normally you’d expect a bright, yellow duck to be used in the bath, but they can make a great stuffed animal too.
- Scrooge McDuck
- Count Duckula
Names for stuffed chickens
Although they aren’t as popular as other stuffed animals, a chicken can make a great toy for your children. Here are some egg-cellent choices to choose from:
- Cluck Rogers
Stuffed penguin names
I think you’ll agree that baby penguins are one of the cutest animals on the planet. For that reason alone, a soft, fluffy, stuffed penguin can make a great choice for your kids. Here are several to choose from:
Stuffed dinosaur names
Here are some roar-some dinosaur names (sorry, that was cringeworthy).
Should your child have names for their stuffed toys?
Actually it’s a good thing for your child to name their stuffed animals or any toy for that matter. It’s important for their growth as it gives them a sense of ownership and responsibility for their possessions. Also, it can assist in their speech and cognitive development as it can encourage your child to play with these toys by themselves and create their own role-play and fun activities.
Tips on naming a stuffed animal
If you’re still stuck on helping your child come up with a name for their stuffed toy, here are a few tips:
- Name it after a loved one or someone (or something) your child likes. Consider nicknames too.
- Look at the features of the toy. Is it fluffy? What color is it? Are any of the features bigger or smaller than normal (stuffed animals often have big heads or big eyes)
- Don’t think about it too much. Sometimes keeping it simple is the best strategy. My daughter’s favorite toy is a stuffed rabbit called Bunny. I know it’s pretty unoriginal but she’s happy and totally adores it. My son’s favourite toy is a stuffed polar bear, called Bear.
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Graham is a father of two who founded Dadometer to share his parenting journey with other moms and dads.