Polar Bear Names

cute polar bear cub

Polar bear names can be inspired by their huge build, white color, black noses or bold personality. Today we’ll share dozens of awesome names for polar bear plushies and polar bear looking pets like Samoyed, Great Pyrenees and German Shepherd dogs!


Let me guess: you’ve found your way to this article because you are the proud owner of a new polar bear that you need a name for. No? Me neither, but I keep setting a bowl of fish out for them, just in case. To be prepared for when that happy day arrives, and a polar bear finally follows me home from the pet store, here is a list of amazing names for polar bears.

Finding Polar Bear Style Names

I might still be waiting a long time for my polar bear, but if you need a name for a big, strong dog that reminds you of a bear, a favorite plush toy, or even a Pokémon with arctic affinities, this list has got you covered!

Whether you’re looking to play it cool, have a laugh, or impress everyone with how big and strong your pet is, you’ll find just the right name here.

Top Polar Bear Names

Looking for a great name that’s guaranteed to bring to mind a polar bear? Try one of these favorites! Here you’ll find names with meanings related to bears, winter, snow, ice, and the white fur we associate with polar bears.

  • Nanuq
  • Nanook
  • Callisto/Callista
  • Mishka
  • Arktos
  • Aurora
  • Ursa/Ursus
  • Bjorn
  • Glacier
  • Bernard
  • Tundra
  • Valkyrie
  • Taiga
  • Winters
  • Opal
  • Nova
  • January
  • Minka
  • Pearl
  • Noel/Noelle

Female Polar Bear Names

Polar bear cubs stay with their mothers for 2.5 to 3 years, learning to hunt and swim while they grow big and strong to survive the Arctic conditions. These beautiful names would do any mother bear proud.

  • Misty
  • Blanche
  • Nadine
  • Valentina
  • Alba
  • Ursula
  • Angelique
  • Nadetta
  • Ivory
  • Bernadette
  • Jasmine
  • Astra
  • Camellia
  • Breanne
  • Calla
  • Lacey
  • Kahlan
  • Damia
  • Kitana
  • Daisy
  • Calliope
  • Roxie
  • Daphne
  • Magnolia
  • Cybele
  • Kiama
  • Tika
  • Lily

Male Polar Bear Names

Adult male polar bears can weigh as much as 1,300lb (600kg)! An enormous layer of body fat keeps polar bears warm while they swim to hunt. Here are some names worthy of these giants of the sea ice.

  • Albus
  • Valentino
  • Boro
  • Max
  • Nicholas
  • Alpin
  • Boris
  • Baxter
  • Cooper
  • Sven
  • Rocco
  • Darwin
  • Zed
  • Beaufort
  • Yule
  • Theodore
  • Lancelot
  • Fyrsil
  • Jax
  • Berchan
  • Torben
  • Maverick
  • Uther
  • Ace
  • Bruxo
  • Galdur
  • Magus
  • Archibald

Cool Polar Bear Names

When you think about it, is there anything cooler than a polar bear? Get it? But for real, you’ve got to have a name for your polar bear that’s awesome enough for such an unbelievably cool creature. Try one of these on for size.

  • Dov
  • Colden
  • Jenara
  • Topaz
  • Beluga
  • Blaze
  • Skadi (the Norse winter goddess of the hunt)
  • Nebula
  • Aquilo (Roman god of the North wind)
  • Loki
  • Shades
  • Illusion
  • Oslo
  • Cash
  • Ragnar
  • Phantom
  • Howlite
  • Flare
  • Alaska
  • Sailor
  • Thorborg
  • Clymene
  • Domino
  • Altitude
  • Arnbjorn
  • Rider
  • Jasper

Cute Polar Bear Names

What’s the difference between a pet and any other animal? It’s the bond between you and your pet. And sometimes that bond means telling Mr. Snookums what a precious little sugarkins he is and how his belly is the softest that anybody ever petted, yes it is.

When you need a name that expresses just how adorable your polar bear is, one of these might work–but only if you say it in baby talk while looking lovingly into their eyes, of course. Treats might help too.

  • Chilly
  • Cubes
  • Frosty
  • Berg
  • Sparkles
  • Snowflake
  • Breezy
  • Slushie
  • Crystal
  • Holly
  • Baby
  • Angel
  • Cuddles
  • Sweetheart
  • Boo Boo
  • Peaches
  • Snuggles
  • Buttons
  • Twinkles
  • Bubblegum
  • Precious
  • Sno-Cone
  • Tickles
  • Glitter
  • Bitsy

Funny Polar Bear Names

Sometimes life can be so bear-y hard. But if you invite a polar bear into your life, maybe you’ll start to see the lighter side of things. After all, a life without humor would be un-bear-able.

So have some fun with your furry friend, and try out one of these humorous names–that is, if you can bear any more pun-ishment.

  • Barry
  • Blue-beary
  • Polar Opposite
  • Tiny
  • Cola
  • Gummy
  • Snoopy
  • Teddy
  • Mermaid
  • Honey
  • Sugar
  • Sundae
  • Mistletoe
  • Claus
  • Taffy
  • Fuzzy Wuzzy
  • Care Bear
  • Snowball
  • Rudolph
  • Gelato
  • Blizzard
  • Yogi
  • Fozzy
  • Paddington
  • Smokey
  • Winnie
  • Niels Bear
  • Vanilla
  • Bongo
  • Beware

Unique Polar Bear Names

Isn’t it fantastic to come up with a really unique name for your pet, something that no one else would ever have chosen? It’s even better when it’s a name that’s perfectly suited to the character or spirit of your companion. If you’re looking for something really unique, this is the section of the list for you.

  • Agdulak (Greenlandic meaning “hole in the ice for fishing”)
  • Eirwen (Welsh meaning “white as snow”)
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Alabaster
  • Flykra
  • Chukchi
  • Neve (Latin meaning “snow”)
  • Miyuki (Japanese meaning “snow”)
  • Midnight
  • Linette
  • Amaryllis
  • Matoskah
  • Balthazar
  • Arkadios
  • Oddbjorn
  • Nokoski
  • Andri (Old Norse meaning “snowshoe”)
  • Vorsila
  • Authurine
  • Philomena
  • Ibatu

Tough Polar Bear Names

Polar bears are incredible hunters, using their powerful jaws to grab prey from the water. They have claws that are nearly two inches long, and paws the size of dinner plates. All of that size and strength deserves a tough name! These names will let everyone know your polar bear is not to be trifled with.

  • Rocky
  • Hunter
  • Jack
  • Bruin
  • Berengaria (Latin for “bear spear”)
  • Atlas
  • Oberon
  • Ghost
  • Avalanche
  • Griffin
  • Zeus
  • Tank
  • Banshee
  • Storm
  • Trigger
  • Beast
  • Ranger
  • Gunner
  • Wyborn (Scandinavian meaning “war bear”)
  • Kratos
  • Hades
  • Empress/Emperor
  • Fender
  • Shredder
  • Tarben (Old Norse for “Thor’s bear” or “thunder bear”)

Fun Facts About Polar Bears

See how many you knew!

1. Polars bears aren’t really white

When we think about polar bears, the first thing that springs to mind is their lush, white fur. But the funny thing about it is that it’s not white at all: it’s actually clear!

The light that is scattered as it comes through the clear fur makes it appear white, and provides the polar bear with camouflage for hunting. Its skin is actually black, to help it absorb as much heat as possible. This characteristic also makes their tongues appear blue.

2. Polar bears can swim for days

You may know that polar bears hunt in the water, but did you know just how incredible they are at swimming? They can swim for days at a time!

Polar bears also swim at speeds of about 6 miles per hour, which is comparable to Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps. Us mere mortals can only swim about 2 miles per hour.

3. They have an incredible sense of smell

Polar bears have an astonishingly strong sense of smell. How strong? They can find a seal swimming in the water under three feet of solid snow, just by the scent!

4. Polar bears are the biggest meat eater on land

Polar bears are the world’s largest land-based carnivores. You might think that means they’re big when they’re born too, but surprisingly, newborn polar bears are the same size as a guinea pig.

5. Polar bears don’t hibernate

Unlike many other species of bears, polar bears don’t hibernate. Sometimes they will dig in to sleep out a snowstorm, though. They spend the majority of their time roaming extremely long distances to hunt their favorite food: seals.

Naming Your Polar Bear Pet

Now that you’ve learned something about polar bears, it’s your turn to pick the perfect name for your polar bear–or your polar bear-inspired companion. Which name was your favorite? Who’s the furry friend you’ll be bestowing your new name on? Tell us all about them in the comments!

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