My daughter has loads of soft toys, but for some reason she doesn’t play with a teddy bear (although there are some in a basket in her room). My son on the other hand has a little soft white polar boar which he adores and has the imaginative name, ‘Bear’. We couldn’t really think of anything else although I did suggest Snowy, but I guess I was overruled! 🙂
Just like naming a baby, coming up with a name for a teddy bear can be a challenge. I remember as a boy I had a little blue teddy bear called Bobby, and my parents said it was tricky to come up with a name (although I was too young to remember as I was only a toddler at the time) So if you’re struggling for ideas, here are some names for teddy bears, including ones for girls, boys, cute and classic names and other ones too.
- 1 Teddy bear names for a girl
- 2 Teddy bear names for boys
- 3 Names for pink teddy bears
- 4 Names for white teddy bears
- 5 Names for brown teddy bears
- 6 Cute teddy bear names
- 7 Big teddy bear names
- 8 Small teddy bear names
- 9 Famous teddy bear names
- 10 What are some tips for naming a teddy bear?
- 11 A brief history of the teddy bear
- 12 How can you take care of a teddy bear?
Teddy bear names for a girl
Of all the soft toys with names in our household, most are named after girls (for my daughter’s ones) and boys for my son. I don’t know if this is just us, but it seems a logical approach and it can make a teddy bear feel more like a real friend for your children. Let’s start with some girls’ names.
Teddy bear names for boys
- Mr. Snuggles
Names for pink teddy bears
You can also look at the color of your teddy bear to inspire some ideas for a name. Let’s start with some suggestions for pink teddy bears, and then white and brown.
- Cotton Candy
Names for white teddy bears
Names for brown teddy bears
Cute teddy bear names
In addition to color, some children like to look at the appearance of a teddy bear to come up with a name. Is the teddy bear big or small? Does it look cute and fluffy? Does it have a big smile? Focusing on these elements can definitely help you come up with a name.
- Mr Cuddlesworth
- Honey Bun
- Sweetie Pie
Big teddy bear names
- Pooh Bear
- Big Bear
- King Kong
Small teddy bear names
Famous teddy bear names
If in doubt, you can always go with a famous teddy bear name and leave it at that. Here are some famous and classic names to choose from.
- Winnie The Pooh (arguably the most famous bear of all time)
- Paddington (popular in the UK. Check out this funny video with him and the late Queen Elizabeth II)
- Rupert (this was a popular bear in the UK for children)
- Sooty (part of the famous trio; Sooty, Sweep and Sue. They were glove puppets on a British TV show back when I was a boy)
- Fozzie (this funny character was one of the muppets on The Muppet Show).
- Teddy Ruxpin (this was a popular children’s toy in the 1980s. They later made a television series based on this character).
- Yogi Bear (I’m sure this is a well-known one on this list. I remember watching this cartoon when I was a boy. Didn’t he have a friend called Boo Boo?
Looking for some names for stuffed animals? Check out this blog post here.
What are some tips for naming a teddy bear?
Here are some suggestions for coming up with a name for your teddy bear:
- Make sure the name is easy to pronounce. It’s probably best to keep the name short so it’s easier for your son or daughter to say the name.
- Look at the teddy bear’s appearance. Is it white, pink or brown? Is it fluffy? Is it small and cute? All these elements can help you come up with a name for your teddy bear.
- Focus on the teddy bear’s personality. This is how your son or daughter can help. Ask them about the teddy bear’s personality. Is he/she playful and a bit cheeky? Or is the teddy bear a bit shy and calm? Children will think about these things when they have a soft toy so focusing on these personality traits can definitely help inspire you to come with a great name.
- Be creative but don’t over think it. You can try and come up with a creative and unique name for a teddy bear, but at the end of the day sometimes simple is best. For example, “Snowy” is fine for a white bear.
Do teddy bears need a name?
Many children give their teddy bears a name as it makes them feel like they have a friend or personal companion, and it gives them a sense of ownership. It’s a great way for them to bond with one of their toys and use it as a playmate, enhancing their imagination through role playing activities. For school age children, naming a teddy bear can also help kids understand letters. My daughter constantly writes stories and draws pictures of her soft toys!
So although you don’t have to name a teddy bear, in my opinion it’s a lot more fun if you do, especially for young children and it can stimulate their cognitive and linguistic development.
Where can I find a teddy bear name generator?
If none of the suggestions in this article inspired you or your kids to name your teddy bear, you can always try your luck with a generator. Here’s one you can try.
A brief history of the teddy bear
While there are plenty of famous bears found in literature, cartoons and movies such as Winnie The Pooh, Paddington Bear and Yogi Bear, probably the most popular name for a teddy bear is “Teddy”, although I have no data to back this up. This name came about in reference to former US President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt. The story goes that he refused to shoot a bear on a hunting trip and consequently a political cartoon was made of the incident in The Washington Post. A certain Morris Michtom saw this cartoon and created a teddy bear and placed it in his candy shop, calling it “Teddy’s Bear”. They literally flew off the shelves as people bought so many of them and Michtom went on to found the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co.
How can you take care of a teddy bear?
Here are some tips for taking care of a teddy bear so it will last longer:
- Store it in a cool, dry place if your child isn’t really using it. You may also need to use some moth balls to protect it from pests.
- Remove dust from the teddy bear with a soft brush from time to time.
- Keep the teddy bear out of direct sunlight.
- Repair the teddy bear as soon as you spot signs of damage. If you see any rips or tears on the teddy bear, fix it as soon as you can. A child pulling and tugging on their favorite soft toy will quickly make things worse very quickly!
- Make sure you clean it from time to time. You may be able to spot clean with a bit of detergent/soap and a damp cloth. Try not to use a lot of water and avoid putting teddy bears in the washing machine (would you like to be spun around multiple times per second for a long time?)
Graham is a father of two who founded Dadometer to share his parenting journey with other moms and dads.