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BEAR NAMES

  • MALE:

    1. ARCADIUS: Latin form of Greek Arkadios, meaning "of Arcadia." The place name Arcadia was derived from the word arktos, meaning "bear."

    2. ARKADIOS (Αρκάδιος): Greek name meaning "of Arcadia." The place name Arcadia was derived from the word arktos, meaning "bear."

    3. ARKTOPHONOS (Άρκτοφόνος): Greek name composed of the elements arktos "bear" and phonos "murderer, slayer," hence "bear-killer." In mythology, this is the name of one of Orion's dogs.

    4. ARMEL: French form of Welsh Arthfael, Old Breton Arthmael, meaning "bear chief" or "warrior prince."

    5. ART

      1. English short form of Celtic Arthur, possibly meaning "bear-man."

      2. Irish Gaelic name derived from the vocabulary word art, meaning "bear" and "champion." In Irish legend, this is the name of a son of Conn of the Hundred Battles. 

    6. ARTAIR: Scottish form of Celtic Arthur, possibly meaning "bear-man." 

    7. ARTHFAEL: Welsh form of Old Breton Arthmael, meaning "bear chief" or "warrior prince."

    8. ARTHMAEL: Old Breton name composed of the Celtic elements arth "bear, warrior," and mael "chief, prince," hence "bear chief" or "warrior prince."

    9. ARTHUR: Celtic Arthurian legend name of a famous King of Britain. The name is of obscure etymology, possibly composed of Welsh art/arth "bear" and Brittonic gur "man," hence "bear-man." The earliest mention of him is in Welsh texts, where he is never called "king," but rather dux bellorum, meaning "war leader." Medieval Welsh texts call him ameraudur "emperor" which could also mean "war leader." In early Welsh works the word art was used as a figurative synonym for "warrior." 

    10. ARTIE: Pet form of Celtic Arthur, possibly meaning "bear-man." 

    11. ARTO: Pet form of Finnish Artturi, possibly meaning "bear-man." 

    12. ARTORIUS: Latin form of Celtic Arthur, possibly meaning "bear-man." This is the first recorded form of Arthur's name that has been found.

    13. ARTTU: Pet form of Finnish Artturi, possibly meaning "bear-man." 

    14. ARTTURI: Finnish form of Celtic Arthur, possibly meaning "bear-man." 

    15. ARTÚR: Hungarian form of Celtic Arthur, possibly meaning "bear-man." 

    16. ARTUR: Early English form of Celtic Arthur, possibly meaning "bear-man." 

    17. ARTURAS: Lithuanian form of Celtic Arthur, possibly meaning "bear-man." 

    18. ARTURO: Italian and Spanish form of Celtic Arthur, possibly meaning "bear-man." 

    19. ÁSBJORN: Old Norse name composed of the elements �ss "god, divinity" and bjorn "bear," hence "divine-bear."

    20. ÅSBJÖRN: Swedish form of Old Norse Ásbjorn, meaning "divine-bear."

    21. ÅSBJØRN: Danish and Norwegian form of Old Norse Ásbjorn, meaning "divine-bear."

    22. ASBJÖRN: Variant spelling of Swedish Åsbjörn, meaning "divine-bear."

    23. ASBJØRN: Variant spelling of Danish/Norwegian Åsbjørn, meaning "divine-bear."

    24. AVONACO: Native American Cheyenne name meaning "lean bear."

    25. BARNEY: English pet form of Bernard "bold as a bear" and Greek Barnabas "son of exhortation." 

    26. BEARNARD: Gaelic form of French Bernard, meaning "bold as a bear."

    27. BEÑAT: Basque form of Latin Bernardus, meaning "bold as a bear."

    28. BEORNHEARD: Anglo-Saxon name composed of the Old English elements beorn "bear" and heard "brave, hardy," hence "bold as a bear."

    29. BEOWULF: Anglo-Saxon name composed of the Old English elements beo "bee" and wulf "wolf," hence "bee-wolf," i.e. "a bear." From the Old English epic poem of the same name about a Germanic hero named Beowulf, who travels to Denmark to help defeat a monster named Grendel

    30. BER (בֶּער): Yiddish name derived from German baer, meaning "bear." It is often paired with Dov--for example, Ber Dov, Dovber--which also means "bear" in Hebrew and has been borne by many rabbis and Zionists.

    31. BEREND: Low German form of Old High German Bernhard, meaning "bold as a bear."

    32. BERENGÁR: Portuguese form of Latin Berengarius, meaning "bear-spear."

    33. BERENGAR: Italian form of Latin Berengarius, meaning "bear-spear."

    34. BERENGARIUS: Latin form of German Beringar, meaning "bear-spear."

    35. BERENGER: Old French form of Latin Berengarius, meaning "bear-spear."

    36. BERENGUER: Spanish form of Latin Berengarius, meaning "bear-spear."

    37. BERINGAR: Old German name composed of the elements berin "bear" and ger "spear," hence "bear-spear."

    38. BERINGARIUS: Latin form of German Beringar, meaning "bear-spear."

    39. BERNARD

      1. English form of Anglo-Saxon Beornheard, meaning "bold as a bear."

      2. Norman French form of Old High German Bernhard, meaning "bold as a bear." 

    40. BERNARDINO: Pet form of Italian Bernardo, meaning "bold as a bear."

    41. BERNARDO: Italian and Spanish form of Latin Bernardus, meaning "bold as a bear."

    42. BERNARDUS: Latin form of Old High German Bernhard, meaning "bold as a bear."

    43. BERNÁT: Hungarian form of Old High German Bernhard, meaning "bold as a bear."

    44. BERNAT: Catalan form of Latin Bernardus, meaning "bold as a bear."

    45. BERND: Contracted form of Low German Berend, meaning "bold as a bear."

    46. BERNDT: Variant spelling of Low German Bernd, meaning "bold as a bear."

    47. BERNHARD: Old High German name composed of the elements bero "bear" and hard "brave, hardy, strong," hence "bold as a bear."

    48. BERNHARDT: Variant spelling of Old High German Bernhard, meaning "bold as a bear."

    49. BERNIE: Pet form of English Bernard, meaning "bold as a bear."

    50. BERNT: Variant spelling of Low German Bernd, meaning "bold as a bear."

    51. BIORNA: Gaelic name of Nordic origin, meaning "bear."

    52. BJARNE: Modern Scandinavian form of Old Norse Bjorn, meaning "bear."

    53. BJARNI: Icelandic form of Old Norse Bjorn, meaning "bear."

    54. BJORN: Old Norse name derived from the word bjorn, meaning "bear."

    55. BJÖRN: Swedish form of Old Norse Bjorn, meaning "bear."

    56. BJÖRNE: Pet form of Swedish Björn, meaning "bear."

    57. BURNEY: Irish surname transferred to forename use, from an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Biorna "son of Biorna," hence "bear."

    58. DOV (דּוֹב): Hebrew name meaning "bear."

    59. ESBEN: Scandinavian form of Old Norse Ásbjorn, meaning "divine-bear."

    60. ESPEN: Swedish form of Old Norse Ásbjorn, meaning "divine-bear."

    61. GERBEN: Dutch name composed of the Germanic elements ger "spear" and bern "bear," hence "spear-bear."

    62. HALLBJÖRN: Icelandic and Norwegian name composed of the Old Norse elements hallr "rock" and björn "bear," hence "rock-bear."

    63. MAHON: Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Mathúin, meaning "bear calf."

    64. MATHGHAMHAIN: Old Gaelic byname meaning "bear calf."

    65. MATHÚIN: Modern Irish spelling of the Old Gaelic byname Mathghamhain, meaning "bear calf." 

    66. MECHO (Мечо): Bulgarian pet name meaning "teddy bear."

    67. NANOOK: Inuit (Eskimo) myth name of the master of bears, meaning "polar bear" in Inuktitut. 
    68. NANUK: Variant spelling of Inuit Nanook, meaning "polar bear."
    69. ORSINO: Italian form of Roman Latin Ursinus, meaning "bear-like."

    70. ORSO: Italian form of Roman Latin Ursus, meaning "bear."

    71. ORSON: English surname transferred to forename use, from an old Norman French byname, ourson, a diminutive of ours "bear," hence "little bear" or "bear cub."

    72. OSBEORN: Anglo-Saxon name composed of the Old English elements os "divinity, god" and beorn "bear," hence "divine-bear." Equivalent to Old Norse Ásbjorn.

    73. OSBORN: Middle English form of Anglo-Saxon Osbeorn, meaning "divine-bear."
    74. OSBOURNE: English surname transferred to forename use, derived from a variant of Osborn, meaning "divine-bear."
    75. OTSO: Finnish name meaning "bear."
    76. PREBEN: Contracted form of Danish Predbjørn, meaning "magnificent bear."
    77. PREDBJØRN: Modern form of Old Danish Pridbjørn, meaning "magnificent bear." 
    78. PRIDBJØRN: Old Danish name composed of the Old Norse elements prýðr "magnificent, stately" and bjørn "bear," hence "magnificent bear." Equated with Slavic Pridbor ("foremost warrior").
    79. TARBEN: Variant spelling of Danish Torben, meaning "Thor's bear."
    80. THORBEN: Contracted form of Danish Thorbern, meaning "Thor's bear."
    81. THORBERN: Danish name derived from Latin Thorbernus, meaning "Thor's bear."
    82. THORBERNUS: Latin form of Old Norse Þorbiorn, meaning "Thor's bear."
    83. ÞORBIORN: Old Norse name composed of the name of the god Thor and the word biorn "bear," hence "Þórr's bear."
    84. ÞORBJÖRN: Icelandic form of Old Norse Þorbiorn, meaning "Þórr's bear."
    85. THORBJØRN: Norwegian variant form of Old Norse Þorbiorn, meaning "Þórr's bear."
    86. THORBURN: Scottish surname transferred to forename use, derived from Old Norse Þorbiorn, meaning "Thor's bear."
    87. TORBEN: Variant form of Danish Thorben, meaning Thor's bear." 
    88. TORBERN: Swedish short form of Latin Torbernus, meaning Thor's bear." 
    89. TORBERNUS: Variant spelling of Latin Thorbernus, meaning Thor's bear." 
    90. TORBJÖRN: Swedish form of Old Norse Þorbiorn, meaning "Thor's bear."
    91. TORBJØRN: Danish and Norwegian form of Old Norse Þorbiorn, meaning "Thor's bear."
    92. URS: German form of Roman Latin Ursus, meaning "bear."
    93. URSINUS: Roman name derived from Latin ursus ("bear"), meaning "bear-like."
    94. URSUS: Roman name derived from Latin ursus, meaning "bear."
    95. UTHER: In Arthurian legend, Uther Pendragon ("Uther, chief dragon") was the youngest son of King Constantine and father of King Arthur. The name may be a variant form of Arthur, possibly meaning "bear-man."
    96. UZUMATI: Native American Miwok name meaning "bear."
  • FEMALE:

    1. ARCADIA: Feminine form of Latin Arcadius, meaning "of Arcadia." The place name Arcadia was derived from the word arktos, meaning "bear."
    2. BERDINE: Contracted form of French Bernardine, meaning "bold as a bear." 
    3. BERENGARI: Short form of Latin Berengaria, meaning "bear-spear."
    4. BERENGÁRIA: Feminine form of Spanish Berengár, meaning "bear-spear."
    5. BERENGARIA: Feminine form of Latin Beringarius, meaning "bear-spear."
    6. BERNÁDETT: Feminine form of Hungarian Bernát, meaning "bold as a bear."
    7. BERNADETTE: Contracted form of French Bernardette, meaning "bold as a bear."
    8. BERNADINE: Contracted form of French Bernardine, meaning "bold as a bear."
    9. BERNARDE: Feminine form of French Bernard, meaning "bold as a bear."
    10. BERNARDETTA: Feminine form of Italian Bernardo, meaning "bold as a bear."
    11. BERNARDETTE: Pet form of French Bernarde, meaning "bold as a bear."
    12. BERNARDINE: Pet form of French Bernarde, meaning "bold as a bear."
    13. BERNARDITA: Feminine form of Spanish Bernardo, meaning "bold as a bear."
    14. NITA: Native American Choctaw name meaning "bear." Compare with other forms of Nita.
    15. ORSINA: Feminine form of Italian Orsino, meaning "bear-like."
    16. ORSOLA: Italian form of Latin Ursula, meaning "little she-bear."
    17. ORSOLYA: Hungarian form of Latin Ursula, meaning "little she-bear."
    18. URSA: Short form of Latin Ursala, meaning "little she-bear." 
    19. URSALA: Variant spelling of Latin Ursula, meaning "little she-bear."
    20. URSEL: German form of Latin Ursula, meaning "little she-bear."
    21. URSELLA: English variant spelling of Latin Ursula, meaning "little she-bear."
    22. URSINA: Variant form of Latin Ursula, meaning "little she-bear."
    23. URSINE: Variant spelling of Latin Ursina, meaning "little she-bear."
    24. URŠKA: Pet form of Slovene Uršula, meaning "little she-bear."
    25. URSULA: Latin name composed of the word ursa "she-bear" and a diminutive suffix, hence "little she-bear."
    26. ÚRSULA: Portuguese form of Latin Ursula, meaning "little she-bear."
    27. URŠULA: Czech and Slovene form of Latin Ursula, meaning "little she-bear."
    28. URSULE: Variant spelling of Latin Ursula, meaning "little she-bear."
    29. URSZULA: Polish form of Latin Ursula, meaning "little she-bear."
    30. USCHI: Pet form of German Ursel, meaning "little she-bear."

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