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Popularity of the Baby Name Blu

Number of Babies Named Blu

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Blu

Rawr! Here Come the Bears…

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The name Bear was just barely being used before adventurer Bear Grylls (birth name: Edward Grylls) came to our attention via the TV series Man vs. Wild (2006-2011).

Since then, usage has increased steadily — both among regular folks and among celebrities:

  • 2017: English musician Liam Payne had son Bear Grey
  • 2017: English musician Howard Donald had son Dougie Bear
  • 2013: English actress Kate Winslet had son Bear Blaze
  • 2011: American actress Alicia Silverstone had son Bear Blu
  • 2010: English chef Jamie Oliver had son Buddy Bear Maurice

In the U.S., the baby name Bear is currently sitting just outside the top 1,000:

  • 2016: 186 baby boys named Bear [rank: 1,055th]
  • 2015: 134 baby boys named Bear [rank: 1,311th]
  • 2014: 131 baby boys named Bear [rank: 1,327th]
  • 2013: 84 baby boys named Bear [rank: 1,730th]
  • 2012: 79 baby boys named Bear [rank: 1,845th]
  • 2011: 85 baby boys named Bear [rank: 1,728th]

The England and Wales data for 2016 isn’t out yet, but Bear entered the top 1,000* there in 2015:

  • 2015: 36 baby boys named Bear in E/W [rank: 859th]
  • 2014: 19 baby boys named Bear in E/W [rank: 1,330th]
  • 2013: 15 baby boys named Bear in E/W [rank 1,546th]
  • 2012: 19 baby boys named Bear in E/W [rank 1,319th]
  • 2011: 7 baby boys named Bear in E/W [rank 2,650th]

But this data only accounts for first names. The principal usage for Bear could be happening under the radar, with middles. Two of the celebs above used Bear as a middle, and so did this Canadian couple who hit on a bear on the way to the delivery room. And don’t forget American actress Zooey Deschanel, who didn’t opt for Bear, but did give her kids the animal-middles Otter and Wolf.

Do you like Bear as a baby name? How high do you think it will climb on the U.S. charts?

*I assigned rankings to the E/W names the same way the SSA assigns rankings — breaking ties by assigning rank in alphabetical order.


Newborns with Unique Names – Atreyu, Elegance, Matixx, Zowie

Here are some baby names (first & middle combos) that caught my eye as I read through birth announcements yesterday…

Boy names:
Amalgam Justice, Arrow James, Atreyu Allen, Breckenridge Isaac, Catcher Phoenix Brandon, Chancellor Neal, Culture Freedom, Danger Taylor, Diesel Ray, Edblom River Alan, Koolax Rockey, Matixx Brian, Memphis Hawk, Monoxide Devan, Moyocoyani, Omni Tongsai, Sirralton, Sitka Shae, Stev-O Elihel, Torrent Bradshaw, Tscharner Samuel

Girl names:
Azaleigha Iris, Elegance Gail Landis, Heavenly Linda, Infinity Nuala, Katterli Helena, Magnolia Rain, Meridian Kate, Mystry Kimberly, October Faith, Persephone May, Rhyple Adrianne Terrance, Sapphire Anne Marie, Scylla Mychelle, Serenity Love, Tuesday Rain, WillowMae Adalaide, Xithlaly, Xyline Inez, Yoltzin Beatriz, Zowie, Zsaleh Blu

I was surprised by the number of Paisleys I saw overall. Paisley ranked nationally for the first time last year (at 835th place), so if what I noticed is indicative of a larger trend, Paisley will definitely be appearing on the 2007 list as well.