Teddy bears are an important childhood toy — children love to care for and name them. Each child creates a different connection with their bear — for some, they provide comfort, while others become play buddies.
The perfect childhood friend needs a good name. That’s where we come in, sharing 200 of the best we’ve heard.
Cute Teddy Bear Names
Cute doesn’t have to be girly, a boy teddy can easily rock a lovable name as well. If you think your little one’s teddy deserves a cute name, you can find some inspiration below.
- Baby Bear.
- Fuzzy Bear.
- Fuzzy Wuzzy.
- Mr. Fluff.
- Boo Boo.
- Mr. Cuddles.
- Mrs. Cuddles.
- Mr. Cuddlesworth.
- Bear Hugz.
Famous Teddy Bear Names
What’s great about teddy bears is the variety of names your child can choose from. A famous name could be from a favorite figure or movie. Here are some examples inspired by movie and book characters:
- Care Bear(s).
- Little John.
- Gummy Bear.
- Smokey the Bear.
- Br’er Bear.
- Mr. Bean.
Boy Teddy Bear Names
If you and your child have decided that your new addition is a boy, here is some inspiration.
Girl Teddy Bear Names
What about some girl power? Here are some examples of female teddy bear names:
Vintage/Old Fashioned Teddy Bear Names
There’s a long history of teddy bear names — some are pretty old-fashioned and difficult to pronounce. But maybe that’s something your child would enjoy. Here are a few:
Funny Teddy Bear Names
A funny name is always a hit, especially if you have to introduce the teddy at dinner parties. Funny can be anything, and here are some examples:
- Eddy the Teddy.
- Shreddy the Teddy.
- Beary Potter.
- Lazy Bear.
- Hairy Barry.
- Sargent Teddy.
- Knight Night.
- Mr. Gibbs.
- Bearly Chubs.
- Mr. Fluffles.
- Ding Dong.
Quirky Teddy Bear Names
You can base quirky names on particular traits in the teddy bear. These can also be fun, or unique, suiting the personality of your child.
Care Bear Names
If your child loves the Care Bears, chances are they’d like to name their teddy after one of them. Here are some:
- Bedtime Bear.
- Wish Bear.
- Cheer Bear.
- Good Luck Bear.
- Birthday Bear.
- Love-a-lot Bear
- Grumpy Bear.
- Tenderheart Bear.
- Funshine Bear.
- Share Bear.
- Wonderheart Bear.
- Rainbow Heart Bear.
- Great Giving Bear.
- Piece of Heart Bear.
French Teddy Bear Names
If you haven’t found something intriguing in the categories above, perhaps a French-inspired teddy name will do. Here are our examples:
- Frere Les Pins.
History of the Teddy Bear Name
The teddy bear dates back to the 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt, who was dubbed “Teddy” after refusing to shoot a bear (source). In turn, he labeled the behavior of other bear hunters as unsportsmanlike.
The event made it quickly into newspapers across the U.S. who shortly after came up with cartoons featuring Teddy and the bear.
In Brooklyn, New York, a shop owner called Morris Michtom was inspired by the cartoons. He and his wife started creating toy bears, stuffed with plush. They came up with the catchy name “teddy bear” with permission from the President.
The teddy bears became a success. Theodore Roosevelt even used a teddy bear mascot later during elections.
The Importance of Naming a Teddy Bear
A name makes the teddy relatable, providing your child with a feeling of ownership and a deeper connection. Even if your child’s bear comes with a name on the tag, they may want to cut that tag off and give it a name of their own choosing.
Kids use their imagination for everything, and imaginative play is a crucial part of healthy development. It boosts skills such as problem-solving, language, and even behavior.
By naming your little one’s teddy bear, it gets a personality, which in turn, helps your child as they play. The teddy can become Maggie, a guest at the imaginary tea party, or Arthur, a knight in shining armor.
Tips for Naming a Teddy Bear
Whatever name your child picks for the teddy bear, be sure it will be something they’ll remember forever. Children are often fast at choosing, but if nothing comes to mind, here are some helpful tips:
1. Don’t Overthink
Yes, the name is important, but it doesn’t have to be perfect. As long as your child is comfortable and happy, that’s all that matters. Let your tot spend some time with the toy, and something good will come to mind.
2. Keep It Simple
If your little one is asking for help, or you’re gifting a teddy bear to your newborn, keep it simple. Having a name your child can’t pronounce is a big no-no. As we said, children create a connection with the teddy according to the name.
If you decide on a name your little one can’t pronounce yet, think of a nickname. If you opt to name the bear Paddington, you could use Paddy. Nicknames are essential, especially if the teddy bear is for a younger child.
3. Examine the Teddy Bear
Sit down with your child and examine the bear. Try to find cues for a name — ask your youngster to describe what they see. Then use that to create a name, such as Fluffy for a long-haired toy.
To narrow down the choices further, you could also ask your child whether it’s a boy or girl — it might surprise you. Your daughter might look at the teddy and see a boyish character, and vice versa.
4. Is There a Theme?
Does the teddy have a theme? For instance, a valentine bear with a heart, a policeman, or perhaps summer clothes and sunglasses? Discuss what you see with your child and try to pick a name accordingly.
5. Make a List
If your child still hasn’t settled on a name, make a list. Ask them to pick a top ten, jot the names down, and read them out loud with your little one.
Fun Ways to Pick a Name
Are you still struggling to find a name? That’s all right — now you have an opportunity to teach your child how to solve tough issues through some problem-solving. We all love a bit of fun, and sometimes, that’s all you need to get the ideas flowing.
Here are some fun ways to pick a name:
1. Draw From Hat
Drawing a name from a hat is always a fun and spontaneous way of making a decision. Ask your child for a top ten or 20, then write all the favorite names on individual pieces of paper.
Grab a fun hat or cap, and place all the names inside. Give it a good shake, and tell your little one to close their eyes and pick a paper. Whatever name comes up is what you’re giving the teddy.
2. Flip a Coin
If your child feels torn between two names, try a coin flip. This is an easy yet fun way — you could build some anticipation by making it a “best-out-of-three.”
3. Matching Game
This may sound a little odd when choosing a name, but hear us out. Make a top three or five (keep it simple), and create two papers for each name. Cut them out and place every piece facing downward so your child can’t see the writing.
Then ask them to find two matching names by flipping one paper at a time, similar to a matching game. Talk with your child through the process — each time they flip a piece, ask if that’s the name. But be warned, it becomes a favorite game — we had to play this several times, giving everything in the toybox a name.
Eddy the Teddy
Teddy bears have a long history, dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. Since then, they’ve become a significant part of childhood — providing comfort and helping with imaginative play.
Naming your child’s teddy is essential — it gives them character and personality, creating a deeper connection with your child.
There is a large variety of popular teddy bear names — but your child can pick anything they like.