169 Cute Teddy Bear Names for Soft Toys, Teddies, and Plushies

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Almost every child has his or her own teddy bear. It is their ever-present companion that soothes and comforts them.

Teddy bears are there during playtime, tea time, and those scary nights.

Naming the teddy bear will be the start of an attachment to a new best friend that could last years. While you don’t want to take the spontaneity out of it, here are a few tips to nurture your little one through one of the first big decisions of their life.

Why Naming Is Important

While there are some teddy bears that come with it’s own name – Winnie The Pooh, Paddington Bear, Ted, and even Mozart, it is still important to find a more personal name.

A name makes the teddy bear more than just a toy. The teddy bear will be more relatable as a best friend to your child and provides a sense of ownership and connection.

Naming the teddy bear is a bigger responsibility than we may realize.

Just like your child, the name you will give to the teddy bear will be attached to this stuffed animal forever.

There’s no turning back!

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How To Name A Bear

Naming the bear is most likely going to be an impulsive decision for your child. Often they will take one look at it and the first thing that comes to mind is it!

For the less decisive, finding the perfect teddy name can be more of a process and you can walk them through a small discovery phase to shortlist a few options.

Here are some tips to help you through this:

Examine The Features

Is it a boy or a girl? Any other distinguishing features that would categorize the bear?

The fur, the eyes, the clothes (if any). Can all provide clues that will help in the naming process.

What Is The Theme?

Is it a themed teddy bear? Does it wear any costume such as a policeman or even a ballerina?

You can use that to name the teddy bear after a hero cop or a famous ballerina at that.

Bear Style…

Some bears just exude a certain personality that can push you in the direction that will suit the teddy bear.

Is it a funny teddy bear with rustic old fashioned features? Perhaps one of our vintage or boy teddy bear name ideas would be more suitable. Let the bear guide you!

Brainstorm, Shortlist, And Have Fun!

After closely looking at your child’s teddy bear, it is now time to let your child pick the name.

Remember, it is a must that your child actually picks the name for the teddy bear. You can get things moving by making a few suggestions.

Make a list of funny teddy bear names that your childlike and then let your child choose.

If the list is long, try making it fun for your child. You can try drawing names from a toy box if your child is having a difficult time choosing names.

Flipping a coin is also another fun way to choose a name especially if there are only two names to choose from. For example, heads for Po and tails for Panda.

Popular Teddy Bear Name Lists

If you are struggling to find the perfect name, we have taken the leg work out for you by compiling a list of popular Teddy Bear names to help you on your way.

Cutest Soft Toy Names

  • Honey
  • Pookie
  • Snowball
  • Cuddles
  • Snuggles
  • Tickles
  • Giggles
  • Snickers
  • Fudge
  • Wally
  • Tuffy
  • Squishy
  • Huggie
  • Piglet
  • Booboo
  • Snugglebutt
  • Lucky
  • Mr Cuddlesworth
  • Chuckles
  • Fuzzy Wuzzy

Boy Teddy Bear Names

  • Bear
  • Henry
  • Tommy
  • Bruce
  • Sheriff
  • Jasper
  • Ralph
  • Dusty
  • Keith
  • Ernie
  • Johnny
  • Fred
  • Max
  • Theodore
  • Archie
  • Ollie
  • Milo
  • Leo
  • Ziggy

Girl Teddy Bear Names

  • Strawberry
  • Maddie
  • Maggie
  • Charlotte
  • Winnie
  • Ellie
  • Lucy
  • Samantha
  • Shaz
  • Lovely
  • Kisses
  • Audrey
  • Bella
  • Lily
  • Mia
  • Chloe
  • Gracie
  • Sophie
  • Penelope
  • Lulu
  • Zoe

Vintage Names

  • Fenton
  • Walter
  • Roosevelt
  • Boris
  • Archibald
  • Herman
  • Alfred
  • Clancy
  • Gus
  • Oscar
  • Rudiger
  • Clive
  • Rosie
  • Daisy
  • Celeste
  • Ruddiger
  • Ruby

Funny Bear Names

  • Sir Fluffington
  • Bearlock Holmes
  • Baller
  • Stitch
  • Champ
  • Ruxpin
  • Napolean
  • Bowzer
  • Barnabas
  • Grylls
  • Hot Sauce

Famous Bear Names

  • Teddy
  • Boo-Boo
  • Fozzie
  • Humphrey
  • Yogi
  • Paddington
  • Mama Bear
  • Beary Potter
  • Rupert
  • Baloo
  • Sooty
  • Super Ted
  • Smokey
  • Pedals
  • Bungle

Disney Bear Names

  • Baloo
  • Little John
  • Lots-o-Huggin Bear
  • Pooh
  • Brother Bear
  • The Gummi Bears
    • Gruffi
    • Zummi
    • Grammi
    • Tummi
    • Sunni
    • Cubbi
    • Gusto

Other Famous Character Names

  • Toto
  • Elvis
  • Snoopy
  • Simba
  • Woody
  • Buzz
  • Rocky

Care Bears

  • Cheer
  • Share
  • Funshine
  • Lotsaheart
  • Grumpy
  • Harmoney
  • Braveheart
  • Cozyheart
  • Tenderheart
  • Wonderheart
  • Brightheart

Strange Bear Names

  • Wagner
  • Corduroy
  • Hopsical
  • Polo
  • Quigley
  • Wadsworth
  • Koglin
  • Mooch
  • Sprocket
  • Snugglewump
  • Fuzzbucket
  • Quirkington
  • Bumblefluff
  • Whiskerwhirl
  • Gigglypaws
  • Wobblekins
  • Squeakleberry
  • Bumblegum
  • Fiddlesticks
  • SnickerSnout

Names that Mean Bear

  • Arthur
  • Bernard
  • Burnette
  • Misha
  • Oberon

If your child doesn’t come up with something and you are searching for ideas we also wanted to add a few extra ideas that can really niche down. Hopefully, you find something that lights up your little one.

If all else fails, you can always go for their favorite movie or cartoon character.

Teddy Bear Care

Children do get attached to their teddy bears. They refuse to go out of the house without it so make sure you get your child something that is handy enough to bring anywhere.

You don’t have to worry about teddy bears replacing you because it is more of an extension of you.

Be careful in the way you handle your child’s teddy bear. Needless to say, you need to be careful even when washing it.

If it is possible, involve your child in bathing his or her teddy bear.

Teddy bears are more than stuffed toys or objects. They are precious and can help your child handle stress, fear, and it can even help them learn to calm themselves becoming self-sufficient in the future.

Finally – Some Teddy Bear History

Did you ever wonder where the idea of Teddy Bear came from, and what it represents?

Probably not…. But if you want to add to your trivia game read on!

Believe it or not, it symbolizes compassion.

It all started back in 1902 when U.S. President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt refused to kill a bear they captured on a hunting trip.

The story of the President, not the shooting the bear circulated and caught the eye of famous political cartoonist Clifford K. Berryman.

He drew a cartoon titled Drawing the Line in Mississippi – pictured below:

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A toy shop owner named Morris Michtom saw the illustration and created a small bear that looks like the one from the illustration.

He put it on the window of his shop with a sign Teddy’s Bear.

The toy gained popularity and demand became so high that it prompted Michton to ask the permission of President Roosevelt to officially name the toy Teddy Bear.

And the rest, as they say, is history…

Somehow, Teddy Bears became an efficient transition object for kids.

It represents their mom and dad when they are away for work. It helps them adjust better and provide much-needed comfort during stressful situations.

Given that the original Teddy Bear came from an act of compassion it is fitting to see why.


You can have a lot of fun trying to think of cute names for stuffed animals. Our list of good bear names is a great way to get started, but should only be used as a backup plan if your child is struggling to get creative.

This is probably going to be an exercise you can repeat multiple times when they get a new plushy for Christmas or need to think of a build-a-bear name. So be sure to bookmark this page so you can come back every time you need it!

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