Animal name

Bear Origin and Meaning

The name Bear is a boy's name of English origin meaning "bear".

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. It's part of a current trend normalizing once aggressive animal names like Wolf and Fox. Bear is now Number 218 on Nameberry and in the Top 900 in England.

# 817 in the US

Bear Rank in US Top 1000

# 299 on Nameberry

Bear Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Bear Popularity

Famous People Named Bear

  • Edward Michael "Bear" GryllsEnglish survival expert and TV personality
  • Bear Rinehartlead singer of Christian rock group Needtobreathe
  • Paul William "Bear" BryantAmerican football coach
  • Bear McCrearyAmerican composer and musician
  • Bear Blu Jarecki (b. 2011)son of actress Alicia Silverstone and Christopher Jarecki
  • Bear Blaze Winslet (b. 2013)son of actress Kate Winslet and Ned Rocknroll
  • Bear Grey Payne (b. 2017)son of singers Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole
  • Everly Bear Kiedis (b. 2007)son of singer Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Buddy Bear Maurice Oliver (b. 2010)son of celeb chefs Jamie and Jools Oliver
  • Albert the Bearfirst Margrave of Brandenburg

Bear in Pop Culture

  • Bear Savagecharacter in Patricia Pendergraft's "Miracle at Clement's Pond"

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