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What does Bear mean?

Bear Pronunciation of 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


ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA BERNARD Barny, Bern, Bernarr, Bernd, Bernt



Bear Alec (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 #1005 in the U.S. in 2018. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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?

Bernard (#1151 LAST YEAR) is the only other prominent alternative form of Bear (#1005). These forms of Bear were popular with parents in the 1920s (ADOPTION OF 0.38%) and are now significantly less conventional (ADOPTION 0.02%, DOWN 95%). Bernard has generally been a favorite of parents, though Bear has become trendy as well, while Bernard is now somewhat dated.

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-sounding 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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