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Gender: Male Origin of Bear: Animal name

The name Bear is a boy's name of English origin. Bear and is often added to lists like Attitude Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Extended Family Congrats Round 5 (dice game)".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Bear

Edward Michael "Bear" Grylls, English survival expert and TV personality
Bear Rinehart, lead singer of Christian rock group Needtobreathe
Paul William "Bear" Bryant, American football coach
Bear McCreary, American 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 Bear, first Margrave of Brandenburg

Pop Culture References for the name Bear

Bear Savage, character in Patricia Pendergraft's "Miracle at Clement's Pond"


Francoamericano Says:


I️ love this as a nickname to ourson

Stacey Ormsby 🌻 Says:


I love the name bear and want to use it as a middle name. We're expecting a boy due in April 2018.

aspiring author Says:


I have mixed opinions with this name. I think it would be better suited as a nickname or a middle name, but I also kind of like it for a first. It's hard to work with, though, and I don't think it sounds great with a one syllable last name or middle name. I probably wouldn't name my kid this, unless it was just a nickname of course, but to each their own.

ccmrath Says:


This is a great nickname for a Bernard or Theodore. It's really no different than Bjorn.

Leah_ Says:


Theodore Bear? Do you know how much that kid would be made fun of! Teddy Bear! Gee wiz

klaryan Says:


I'm kinda loving this name as a nickname for Theodore instead of Teddy... <3

writergirl12 Says:


I think Bear is an adorable name for a little boy!

Miri Says:


I love it! Cute and cuddly.

Fluffykitten101 Says:


Makes a wonderful middle name, especially for a traditional first. Sebastian Bear, Nathaniel Bear, Theodore Bear and Henry Bear to name a few.

flowersNsunshine Says:


My sons nickname for Robert, ( came from when i would affectionately call him Roberto "row- bear-toe") lol and it morphed into Bear ❤

TheHumanCanvas Says:


The more I hear it, the more I just love the name Bear! I think of a fun-loving, energetic little boy who loves to be out playing in the mud, but also has the capacity to be kind too.

Zelliew Says:


That's how I see it

missfunkerton Says:


For those saying bear is a pets/dog name, so is a million other baby names. My dogs name is paisley, now a popular baby name. I know a dog named Milo which has become another popular baby name. Bear is a strong, masculine name, not to mention creative. If you want to name your son Bear (we will), and you raise him to be respectful, honest and loving then no one can hate on his name....your kids make their name by their personalities and character!

snowsbeloved Says:


This is my family's dog's name...and I know some other (canine) Bears as nope on this one.

Amelia K Young Says:


My son is Bear...Don't regret it a bit! He's awesome and everyone loves him and his name (even my mother in law who railed against it before he was born)

raevynstar Says:


I'm sort of crushing on this name...

mabespark Says:


This is better left as a pet name.