Why is Teddy Bear called so?

Why is Teddy Bear called so?

Why is Teddy Bear called so?

Teddy Bears are the most adorable toys that ever “walked” on Earth. They are furry, fuzzy little creatures that are usually filled with cotton, soft filling or even small grains of safe material for babies, toddlers and children.

The history and origins of the Teddy Bear are very mixed, because it has two different possible creations in very different parts of the world.

In spite of this, there is one very clear origin and it’s safe to say that the cutest toy in the world was named after a very important and famous person. Keep reading to find out the history of the Teddy Bear and why is it named this way.

Teddy Bears: Why They're So Much More Than Just a Name

History of the Teddy Bear

The most known theory is that the name of Teddy Bears comes from the 26th president of the United States of America.

This man was commonly known as Teddy by friends and family (even though he really disliked the nickname).

But this name wasn’t given by mere coincidence. The name of the fuzziest creature in the toy world comes from a very specific incident in which Theodore Roosevelt was invited by Governon Andew Longino to the Mississippi lands for a hunting trip in November of 1902. 

The place was filled with hunters who had experience killing animals, so they cornered and tied up an American black bear to a willow tree; and they brought Roosevelt to the site and suggested that he shoot the bear.

The then president refused to shoot the bear by himself because he considered he wasn’t ideal for the task, but he demanded that the bear be killed to put it out of its misery.

This even became the main theme of a political cartoon by Clifford Berryman, in the Washington Post edition on November 16, 1902.

The original cartoon depicted an adult black bear with a wild appearance, but in later issues of the Berryman cartoonist, the bear was drawn cutter and smaller in size.

Toy maker Morris Michtom saw the drawing of Roosevelt and felt inspired to create a cute Teddy Bear.

He built a tiny bear cub with soft filling and placed it in the shop window with a sign that read “Teddy’s bear” (not before asking for permission for the president).

These adorable toys soon became a success and led to Michtom founding the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co.

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Alternative theory of Teddy Bears

Around the same time from the first event, in Germany a toy firm called Steiff produced a stuffed bear directly from Richard Steiff’s original drawings and designs.

This stuffed bear was exhibited at the Leipzig Toy Fair in March, 1901. At this exhibition, a buyer from George Borgfeldt & Company in New York called Hermann Berg saw the bear and ordered 3,000 units to be sent to the US.

In spite of this order being lifted and there being proof by Steiff’s records, there’s no recollection of the Teddy Bears ever arriving in the United States.

Some people say the bears did arrive but they were so poorly constructed that they wouldn’t have survived until present day.

Although both Steiff and Michtom came up with the idea for the Teddy Bears around the same time, there’s no way one could have known of the other’s plans, so it was mere coincidence.

We should mention that early Teddy Bears were constructed to look like real life bears, with extended snouts and beady, realistic eyes.

With time, though, bears started being modified to have larger eyes, smaller noses and even babylike features to enhance their cuteness. Early Teddy Bears were also covered in mohair fur which had a very realistic appearance.

Is Teddy Bear a trademark?

While this is one of the most known words in the English language, the term “Teddy Bear” was never really registered by its creator, Morris Michtom under the Ideal Novelty & Toy Company.

Nowadays the name is mostly descriptive. In 1950 the first trademark listed for the words “teddy bear” were under the description under Nice class 28, and today; over 50,000 live trademarks list “teddy bear” as a product description.

The terms were described, in order of volume: China (21.8%), South Korea (12.2%) and Russia (11.3%).

So now you know why are Teddy Bears called this way.

The history of this adorable type of toys is a very charming one, one that involves mercy for an animal and a cuteness overload. Next time you go shopping for a Teddy Bear you’ll know the origin of their fluffy face.

Explain how teddy bears have become a symbol of comfort, love, and security for people of all ages.

Teddy bears have been a part of our culture for over a century and have become a symbol of comfort, love, and security for people of all ages. As a result, these furry companions have found their way into our hearts and homes, becoming an indispensable part of our daily lives.

For children, teddy bears can provide a sense of comfort and security. Children often turn to their teddy bears when feeling scared, lonely, or upset. The softness and familiarity of their teddy bear can help them feel safe and comforted, providing a sense of security and reassurance.

As a result, many children form strong emotional attachments to their teddy bears, which can last well into adulthood.

But teddy bears aren't just for children - adults also find comfort in these furry companions. Many people turn to their teddy bears during stress, anxiety, or loneliness. Holding or cuddling a teddy bear can be soothing, providing emotional support and comfort.

Moreover, teddy bears have become a symbol of love and affection. They are often given as many gifts to express love and appreciation for someone special. A teddy bear can be a romantic gesture for a significant other, a sweet present for a child, or a thoughtful gift for a friend or family member.

Teddy bears have become a cherished part of our lives because they provide comfort, love, and security. These furry companions have a special place in our hearts and homes, and their enduring popularity is a testament to their enduring appeal.


What types of Teddy Bears do you offer?

We offer a wide range of Teddy Bears, including classic Teddy Bears, personalised Teddy Bears, themed Teddy Bears, and more.

Are your Teddy Bears safe for children to play with?

Yes, our Teddy Bears are made with child-safe materials and are tested for safety to ensure they meet all industry standards.

Can I personalize my Teddy Bear?

Yes, we offer personalised Teddy Bears that can be customised with names, dates, or special messages to make them a unique and memorable gift.

How do I care for my Teddy Bear?

We recommend spot cleaning your Teddy Bear with a damp cloth as needed. Avoid exposing it to heat or direct sunlight, as this can cause fading or damage.

What is your return policy?

We offer a hassle-free return policy for any products that are defective or not as described. Please see our website for more information.

Do you offer international shipping?

Yes, we offer international shipping to most countries. Please check our website for more information and shipping rates.

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