Wednesday, February 18, 2009

What's in a name?

Naming a bear is sometimes the easiest part of the bear making process! Often the bear tells me his name just as soon as his eyes are set. "I'm Benjamin" he'll say!

Other times he'll be completely finished and just have a blank stare that says "I'm cute, but I'm not sure who I am. I'm waiting for you to tell me."

I tend to write down names, sometimes just words, that would be great bear names. Sometimes I pick a theme like names of spices, trees or poets. Other times I'll go through a book of baby names, the Bible or pick a state and look at names of towns. Usually a name will jump out that says "This is the one!"

Well, that hasn't happened yet for this bear. The names I think fit him are ones I've used already and I try real hard not to repeat a name. I'm at a loss.

How important is a bear's name? Does it make a difference to collectors if his name is Egor or Snuggles? Will someone fall in love with that face then look at his name and say "Raddish?" No way!"?

This guy just needs a name! I have until the end of March to figure it out as he'll be going to the Spring Teddies Show in Timonium, MD then in hopes of finding a new home. But the poor guy can't go nameless!!! Do YOU have any suggestions?

**Update: His name is Pippen! Thank you for the suggestions! Tami Eveslage offered the winning name!


FenBeary Folk said...

How about Riley, after one of your dogs

Sue xx

Shantell said...

He looks like a very curious bear. One that wants to know the answers to all his questions...a "why mom?" kind of guy. I'll think on it. Curious GEORGE comes to mind but he doesn't look like a George to me.

Very cute!!

Daphne Towle said...

Hi Sue! Riley has been used... great name though! :) Thanks!!

Shantell - I looked up the name of the author of Curious George thinking maybe I could him name after the author. Its Hans Augusto Rey. Hmmmm...

Nancy D said...

I love his color and Bernie(Burnie?) comes to mind. Is the Timonium show still at the Maryland fairgrounds? I used to love to do that show.

Daphne Towle said...

Hi Nancy! Bernie is good! Like that! No, the Timonium shows were taken over a few years ago and are now at hotels.... they are run by separate people. This will be my first time doing the spring show but I hear its good. The Nov. show is FANTASTIC!!!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Daphne,

Lovely looking bear and to me he looks like a James.

Thanks for wanting to play the game of chosing 10 things that you love - I pick the letter P for you.
Have fun.


Tami Eveslage said...

I have the same trouble sometimes, and I do think names are important! I think his name is Pippen. He reminds me of my neighbor's do and that is his name.

Tami Eveslage said...

My neighbor's DOG that is! I really should proofread!

veralisa said...

Hi Daphne,

He is cute and it is that reddish color - I'd call him "Rudy." :-) I had a reddish springer spaniel with that name, he always looked like he was full of mischief like your bear!

Daphne Towle said...

Decisions, decisions.....


And the winner is...... PIPPEN!!! Thanks for that suggestion, Tami!

They were all great names and I've added them to my "LIST"!!

Thank you, gals!!