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Gender: M Origin of Bear: Animal name

Bear has suddenly lumbered onto the baby name landscape. Perhaps inspired by British adventurer Bear Grylls (born Edward Michael), first celebrity chef Jamie Oliver used it as the middle name for his boy Buddy, and more recently Alicia Silverstone called her son Bear Blu., followed by Kate Winslet's Bear Blaize. We still find it a little on the aggressive side, not to mention the trouble that may arise during adolescence due to its homonym "bare." In short, like Peanut or Bunny, Bear may be a fetal or newborn nickname that shouldn't graduate to the birth certificate.

Famous People Named Bear

Bear Grylls, of Discovery Channel's "Man vs. Wild"
Bear Blaze Winslet (b. 2013), son of actress Kate Winslet
Bear Rinehart, lead singer of Christian rock group Needtobreathe
Bear Bryant, University of Alabama football coach
Bear McCreary, American composer and musician, best known for his work on "The Walking Dead," "Battlestar Galactica," and "Terminator" TV series
Everly Bear Kiedis (b. 2007), son of Anthony Kiedis
Buddy Bear Maurice Oliver (b. 2010), son of Jamie Oliver
Bear Blu (b. 2011), son of actress Alicia Silverstone

Pop Culture References for the name Bear

Smokey the Bear
Yogi Bear
Teddy Bear
Bear in the Big Blue House
Little Bear
Nickname for Theodore
Bear, dog from "Person of Interest"
Pooh Bear