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Bear

What does Bear mean?

Bear Pronunciation of Bear [bear] as a boys' name. The name Bear means "strong, brave bear". Bear is an alternate form of Bernard (Old French, Old German).

Associated with: strong, brave, bear.

Variations

5 alternative forms via Bernard: Barny, Bern, Bernarr, Bernd and Bernt.

Creative forms:
(male) Beara, Benar, ..

(female) Bean, Bene, ..

Middle name pairings:
Bear Armaan (B.A.), ..

How popular is Bear?

Bear is a rare given name for males but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#4278 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Bear entered the list in 2011 and reached its peak position of #1307 in the U.S. in 2015. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bear name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bear outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Bernard (#1218 last year) is the only other prominent alternative form of Bear (#1307 last year). These forms of Bear were popular with parents in the 1920s (adoption of 0.38%) and are now significantly less conventional (adoption 0.01%, down 96%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bear, Bernard in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bear and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Bear is pronounced similarly to Bar, Barr and Burr. Other suggested similar names are Adar, Ban, Bard, Bari, Bart, Bat, Bax, Bay, Baz, Beach, Beal, Beale, Beall, Beals, Beamer, Beaty, Beau, Beck, Beda, Bede, Bell, Ben, Benn, Bent, Berg, Berk, Berl, Berry, Bert, Bev, Bevan, Bjarn, Blair, Blayr, Boas, Boaz, Bonar, Brad, Brae, Bram, Bran, Bray, Cesar, Cezar, Czar, Dar, Demar, Ezar, Ilar, Inar, Ivar, Iyar, Jemar, Kedar, Lemar, Mar, Omar, Par, Petar, Segar, Sezar, Spear, Tsar, Umar and Yaar. These names tend to be more frequently used than Bear.

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