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Need help deciding on stuffed animal names for your child’s favorite toy? Today, we present names for teddy bears, as well as ducks, dogs, dinosaurs, and many more besides! We also cover the importance of giving your stuffies a cute name, as well as the origin of the teddy bear.
Have you ever had that toy stuffy from when you were a child? Can you remember what its name was? Many of us have amazing childhood memories of our favorite stuffed animals or teddy bear. As we dive into parenthood you may find that your kids are starting to come up with fun names for their own stuffed animals.
It makes us think what is the best name for a teddy? In this article, we are going to look into as many different fun ways to name a stuffed animal.
First of all, you need to understand that to your child their furry friend is not just a toy. To your children, their toy is an important member of their life at that moment which is why they take naming their toys so seriously.
Table of Contents
- 1 Stuffed Animal Names Aren’t Just Cute–They’re Critical to Development
- 2 Best Stuffed Animal Names
- 3 Names for Different Types of Stuffed Animals
- 4 Pop Culture Names
- 5 Meaningful Stuffed Animal Names
- 6 Fun Ways You Can Name Your Stuffy
- 7 Where Did the Teddy Bear Come From?
- 8 Stuffed Animal Names FAQs
- 9 Conclusion
Stuffed Animal Names Aren’t Just Cute–They’re Critical to Development
As a mom, you may wonder why it is important to give your child’s play buddies names. I mean if you have a child like mine then you could be facing dozens of stuffed animals which in turn all need a different name–and you must always remember them!
There is a really good reason we should pay attention when our children choose names for their stuffed toys. Allowing them to name their soft toys gives them a sense of ownership. Emotional and social development is enhanced when our children play–and all the more when children give their stuffed animals a personality and being. This will help develop their creativity and most importantly it will just make them happy.
Think back to when you were little. Did you have an important childhood toy? How does it make you feel when you dig deep into the memories of playing with your stuffed animal toy? Just thinking about these questions is enough to unveil the deeper yet different connection you once had with your own toys.
Best Stuffed Animal Names
So we are now looking at the new arrival in your home. Whether it is a stuffed animal octopus or a character from their favorite movie, you now have the joy of helping your child to name their new friend! To help you out I have created a summary of popular teddy bear names.
Having two daughters means that many of our stuffed animals are female. We are all about the girl power in this house! There is something about suggesting that the stuffed animal may be the opposing gender that makes our daughters indignant. (That may not be the case in your household, but it’s good to be prepared just in case!)
Here are some cute girl names that you could suggest to your child for their stuffed animal:
If you find that the new toy is actually a boy, then read further to see if we have the best stuffed animal names for your child’s new best friend:
- Mr. Cuddles
Cute Stuffed Animal Names
A cute name can be for either gender. Maybe you wish to pick a name that describes the bear’s appearance or feel? Either way, the ideas below can help with your inspiration.
- Scruffy Pup
Funny Teddy Bear Names
Picture this, you are in a popular place, fairly crowded and your child has misplaced their fluff buddy. Without hesitation you find yourself screaming out for this stuffed animal as if it were a famous person. You are calling out their name as if they can hear you. This is when giving the stuffed animal funny names can make fantastic memories. I mean it is not funny when you are frantically looking for Mr. Fuzzy Butt, but when your child gets a little older you will sit back and laugh about how precious he once was!
Check out the funny suggestions we have come up with.
- Mr. Fuzzy Butt
- Hairy Beary
- Mr. Jangles
- Sparkle Horn
- Honey Pookie Snowball Cuddles
- Chubby Tubby Pebbles
- Crazy Pops
Names for Different Types of Stuffed Animals
Many stuffed bears are animals. If you find that you have stuffed cats, dogs, dinosaurs, octopi, etc. Then using this can give you the idea for just the right name. Check out a few names below.
- Jelly Bean
- Big Foot
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- Sprinkle Horn
- Glitter Bell
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Pop Culture Names
By people we also mean character. There are plenty of movie and book characters to base your stuffed animal on. Check out some of our favorite names based on a popular character.
- Hairy Potter
- Yogi Bear
- Beary Potter
- Care Bears
Meaningful Stuffed Animal Names
Not every stuffed animal name needs to reflect the gender, species, or appearance of your plushie. Instead, it can be more sentimental and connect to an important person in your life.
For example, you might consider naming your stuffed animal after a beloved pet who has crossed the rainbow bridge. We had a Golden Labrador when I was growing up, and ever since every golden lab stuffed toy I received bore the name Suzie in memory of my old faithful friend.
Choosing a meaningful name can be a fun way of remembering those close to us or a cute representation of someone or something in our lives.
Fun Ways You Can Name Your Stuffy
If your child is finding it hard to decide why not turn it into a great problem-solving game. You will not only have fun but you could end up with a brilliant stuffed animal’s name.
It is important that you allow your child to choose the names and get your child to pick the winning name. Below are ways you can make naming the new addition to the family.
- Pick a name out of a hat – This is where your child creates a shortlist of their favorite names and picks one out of a hat without looking. Not only is this fun and exciting but it gives you the official name for their bear.
- Matching game – A little like the game snap, you add all the best names on paper pieces. Make sure you create doubles on them all and flip them over. Once you find a match that could be the bear’s name.
- Flip a coin – This is when you are torn between two names. If your child cannot decide then choosing a probability game leaves the responsibility up to fate.
Naming your child’s stuffed bear may seem like an unimportant job but to your son/daughter you may find that it is in fact the biggest deal ever!
The most crucial part of naming a stuffed animal would be to relax and have fun with it. Allow your child to play with him/her for a bit before making the final decision. They may wish to call it one name one day and change it the next. No matter what happens every time your child plays with it they will be gaining a deeper connection to their stuffed toy.
If your child has asked you for help with ideas then make sure that you keep it simple. Looking on the internet will help guide you to a website where you will find plenty of ideas. Depending on the age of your child will depend on what names you should offer. Giving them a name they cannot pronounce will be a waste of time.
Think of clues the bear may be giving you. Look at its appearance, does it have big eyes? Fluffy fur? The way a teddy bear looks can be great for naming inspiration.
Also, look at what the bear is wearing. If it is dressed for winter then you could call it snowy, If it is in sunglasses and a hat then Summer could be a great choice.
Where Did the Teddy Bear Come From?
Ever wonder how the teddy bear came about? It actually has a pretty intriguing story behind it, centering on former US President Theodore Roosevelt.
A keen big game hunter, one of President Roosevelt’s assistants tied a black bear up to a willow tree to provide an easy target. Roosevelt, however, was appalled, and very publicly refused to shoot the poor creature in such a fashion–an event which sparked extensive media coverage.
In fact, a political cartoon went “viral” depicting the moment, which inspired a Brooklyn toymaker to dedicated a stuffed bear to “Teddy” Roosevelt. The rest, as they say, is history.
Stuffed Animal Names FAQs
Should I name my stuffed animal?
Giving your child’s stuffed animal names can help them create a personality. To you, it is simply a stuffed animal but to your child, it is their friend whom they can share different experiences with.
How do you name your toys?
Try not to name the teddy anything that is too hard to pronounce or too long. The perfect name is generally three to seven letters. You may wish to choose a long name but shorten it to a nickname.
Is it good to form attachments to stuffed animals?
Between the ages of 8 – 12 months, you may find that your child develops an attachment to an item, be it a teddy bear, blanket, or any soft object. Giving your child the opportunity to have a favorite object can help them adjust to new situations, like starting school or visiting new places.
What is a “lovey” stuffed animal?
The term stuffed animal or teddy bear is actually overused, and the more categorical term for these is “lovey” or “calming object”. Your child may not have any actual teddy bears at all but they may all represent their interests or the animals they love. The main thing is that your child has the opportunity to have a favorite softie to hold and cherish.
Overall we have examined many cute names for stuffed animals. From Winnie the Pooh to traditional names for teddy bears, we have created an extensive list to inspire your child and you on your naming journey.
Naming stuffed animals is just the beginning to helping give your child memories for life, not to mention it helps develop their creative skills and imagination. Naming a stuffed animal can engage and spark a great conversation between you and your kids.
Remember to have fun, the perfect name is out there. Soon you won’t be leaving the house without the new dinosaur, cat, or even elephant. I’m sure you will also gain a deeper connection to your new companion quicker than you think!
Let us know some of the crazy names that your little ones come up with for their stuffed animals in the comments.