Names for Teddy Bears

Alison Jean Thomas
Children with well-loved teddy bear

Whether you go for quaint or quirky, tender or tough, your kid's teddy bear needs a name. Don't wrinkle your brow about it, there are a wealth of names to choose from.

Modern and Old-Fashioned Names

Take a good look at that bear. The type of bear you have will be a big influence on the name you pick.

Try a Traditional Name

If your bear is an old-fashioned kind of fellow, consider a traditional name worthy of his distinguished look. Popular choices include:

  • Albert
  • Edward
  • William
  • Alfred

These names all have a royal ring, so if you are naming a dignified bear, give them some consideration.

Modern Bears

Many bears on the market today have clothes that indicate a gender. Choose a name to match. Some cute ones to choose from are:

  • Babs
  • Buttercup
  • Cuddles

For males try:

  • Bim-Bim
  • Buttons
  • Coco

For bears whose gender is not defined, try these monikers:

  • Sky (a blue bear)
  • Fluffy (very soft)
  • Grumps (a moody bear)
  • Chubs (well plumped out)

Alliterated Names

Sticking to names for humans, you could choose those beginning with the letter 'B'. These have the advantage of being easy to pronounce for younger children. Consider:

  • Biff
  • Bertie
  • Billy
  • Bruno
  • Benjy

Is your bear a female? How about:

  • Bridget
  • Beatrix
  • Bessy

Species-Specific Names

If the bear is of a recognizable species, you can choose a name that suits its species. Perhaps the favorites are polar bears and pandas.

Polar Bears

  • Nanuq
  • Urso
  • Snowy

Panda Bears

  • Chi Chi
  • Pansy
  • Pebbles

Famous Bears

Sometimes your child's bear will already have a name because it is modeled on a famous bear, a character from a book, film or cartoon.

Winnie the Pooh

A.A. Milne was the creator of this charming character. The most well-known of the books are Winnie-the-Pooh, and House at Pooh Corner. Today this famous bear is instantly recognizable due to the Disney cartoon and widespread Winnie-the-Pooh merchandise.

Paddington Bear

Although Paddington is a Peruvian bear, he is a well-loved character from English literature. The first book of the Paddington series was A Bear Called Paddington, published in 1958. He is so important, a film was made about him in 2014.

Yogi Bear

Yogi, a Brown Bear, is a cartoon character who has had a long media career. Yogi Bear has starred in a television series, films, and broadcasts. Children recognize him by his unique voice and many catchphrases.


Originally, Baloo was a character from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. He has become popular with modern audiences through his portrayal in the Disney film.

So Many Choices

There is an infinite number of names from which to pick, and many bears on the market waiting to be named. Encourage your child to take his time in choosing. His bear will be around a long time.

Names for Teddy Bears