Emily P. Contributor

Bear is an outrageously cool dog name, perfect for a pup that's as cuddly as a teddy but as brave as a grizzly.

It reminds me of the lovable Baloo from Jungle Book, and the legendary Bear Grylls, symbolizing both fun and resilience.

In terms of etymology, 'Bear' means 'strong and brave', a fitting tribute to your canine companion's loyalty and courage. Plus, imagine the hilarity when you say, "I'm taking Bear for a walk," and your neighbors look out expecting a wild beast!

So, if you want a name that's equal parts adorable, fierce, and humorous, Bear is the way to go!

Traits associated with the name Bear:

Dogs named Bear tend to be loving, loyal, affectionate, and good-natured. This name is also associated with companionship, and beauty.

What does it say about you to have a dog named Bear?

That you have a fondness for animals and have a creative side when it comes to naming them.

Is Bear a good dog name?

Bear is a one-syllable dog name, making it short and snappy. Bear is a widely loved dog name for good reason. If you like it, go for it!

Popularity: Overall

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Bear is one of the more popular dog names out there. According to our data, Bear outranks the great majority of names.

Popularity: Historical Trend

Bear was, in the past month, the 419th most viewed dog name on

As of June 2024, Bear is becoming ever more niche with new puppy owners. Our stats suggest that the name is less fashionable than it was at this time last year.

In general, this name has held steady in popularity with visitors.

In the past week, Bear was viewed 0 times, and liked 3 times.

Popularity: United States

The map below shows Bear's popularity across the United States, according to PupNames data.

Bear is most adored in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois.

By contrast, the name has been shown the least amount of interest in Nebraska, Missouri and Alabama.

Popularity: Around The World

And this world map shows which countries have the greatest love for the name Bear.

Most popular breeds named Bear:

  1. Chow Chow
  2. Labrador Retriever
  3. German Shepherd
  4. Rottweiler
  5. Pomeranian

Famous dogs named Bear:

  • television icon A belgian shepherd named Bear featured in the television show Person of Interest.

Bear is found in these categories:

badass dog names

Connotes strength, power, and wilderness, evoking images of a fearless, protective, and adventurous canine companion.

small dog names

They're cuddly, fierce, and loveable, just like real bears!

fluffy dog names

Their thick fur and cuddly nature resemble a soft, huggable teddy.

tough dog names

Bears symbolize strength, courage, and fierce protectiveness.

nature dog names

Bears are wild animals, symbolizing strength and wilderness, traits often associated with dogs.

famous dog names

Popularized by canine characters in movies and literature.

big dog names

Bears are hefty, strong and cuddly, just like some pooches!

animal dog names

Resembles furry woodland creatures, popularized by famous canines like Gentle Ben.

funny dog names

Irony strikes as this colossal wildlife moniker graces a petite pooch.

cute dog names

Evokes cuddly imagery, referencing adorable, fluffy wildlife creatures.

hunting dog names

Bear signifies strength, power, and wilderness, traits associated with hunting dogs.

Dog names like Bear:

Leader, commander, governor of a province
Bright and shiny.
Explosive leap forward or upright; the action of a rifle.
Deer, Cowboy
Stingy or pointed.
Death, destruction and run.
Bear dog name meaning

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