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Alicia Silverstone Welcomes Baby Bear

Alicia Silverstone Welcomes Baby Bear
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Alicia Silverstone is a mama (to) Bear!

The actress best known for her role in Clueless and her musician husband Christopher Jarecki welcomed their first child last Thursday, May 5. They named their bundle of joy Bear Blu Jarecki.

"We are all three in love!" the excited new mom tweeted on Monday afternoon.

With her days starring in Aerosmith videos behind her, Alicia has transitioned into a natural living expert with her vegan guide to nutrition, The Kind Diet, hitting the New York Times best sellers list. On her Web site, The Kind Life, she also blogs about food, her organic garden and eco-friendly home, where the couple live with their menagerie of rescued dogs. With her love of the earth and animals, it's no surprise she gave her son a natural and earthy name like Bear.

Bear is a masculine name which sounds strong and tough like the animal. But then there's the whole imagery of teddy bears -- the soft, cuddly stuffed animals that many young kids cling to and can't live -- or at least sleep -- without. And we can't help but wonder if Alicia is a fan of author William Faulkner's popular short story "The Bear," which is about a hunter whose mark is an elusive bear named Old Ben. Throughout the story, however, the huntsman shifts in thinking ultimately deciding that he shares his land with the animals on it and becomes an animal protector. In the story you can see hints of animal rights activist Alicia, who has long been vocal about how giving up meat changed her life. 

Alicia’s pairing of Bear with Blu makes us immediately think of Jamie Oliver’s latest addition -- Buddy Bear Oliver. With the double “B” names, they both flow well together. Red Hot Chili Peppers front-man Anthony Kiedis also is a fan of Bear, naming his son Everly Bear Kiedis. An adult with the name is Bear Grylls (born Edward Michael Grylls) who aptly is the host of the TV series Man vs. Wild.

The color name Blu -- more popularly, Blue, and even Bleu -- is big in the celeb world. For girls there's Ella Bleu Travolta (John Travolta and Kelly Preston), Blue Angel Evans (U2's The Edge), Jagger Joseph Blue Goldberg (Soleil Moon Frye) and even Bluebell Madonna Halliwell (Geri Halliwell). For males, famous offspring include Elijah Blue Allman (Cher) and Jackson Blue McDermott (Maria Bello).

What are your thoughts about the name Bear? A natural fan of the name? Too rough and gruff for a baby? Weigh in now.

-- S.B.


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May 9, 2011 5:42 PM
By Jennie

Funny...When I write this post on Fox, about a year ago, i didn't even think about Bear as a potential buddy for Fox!

May 9, 2011 7:33 PM
By Lane

You're right; the name "Bear" has a different connotation for such a famous animal rights activist.

Bear Blu definitely takes the name in a cutesy direction. I keep thinking Little Bear Blu, come blow your horn.

Is it better than Bunny?

May 9, 2011 8:46 PM
By Joyce (not verified)

Love the name. And Alicia is so cool!

May 9, 2011 9:59 PM
By Nance (not verified)

I really like this name and especially with all of her natural interests it makes so much sense. It also flows well and there is no doubt that he is a boy : )
Future teachers will have no problem figuring that out when they get their September list of students!

May 10, 2011 7:01 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Babies are not teddy bears. This poor kid is going to be teased mercilessly when he starts school.

May 10, 2011 12:13 PM
By Bee (not verified)

Well this is my cat's name so I can't pretend I don't love it, but I think it's horrible as a name for a person. It obviously means a lot to them though so who am I to judge?

May 10, 2011 12:30 PM
By Miriam (not verified)

Alicia Silverstone is Jewish, so it is entirely possible that Baby Bear's name was chosen according to the Ashkenazic custom of naming children after deceased family members. Dov('bear' in Hebrew) and the double name Dov Ber ('bear' in Hebrew and Yiddish) are fairly common Jewish names. If perchance one of Alicia's forebears had that name, she may have simply used the name in its English equivalent. Obviously this is just a guess--I have seen no explanation of the reasoning behind the choice (unlike the recent baby Moroccan who was named for interior decor).

May 10, 2011 12:53 PM
By clearly not crunchy enough to get it (not verified)

I completely agree. It's like a competition to see who can use the most idiotic name, and the ones who lose are the children.

May 10, 2011 12:54 PM
By clearly not crunchy enough to get it (not verified)

er, my previous comment was supposed to be a reply to Anonymous @7:01 a.m.

May 10, 2011 1:47 PM
By erin (not verified)

I like "Bear"! It's cute, and I think it grew on me because of the show Man vs. Wild. "Blu" is kind of stupid, though.

May 10, 2011 2:40 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Why not give the kid a decent name and just call him Bear? She might as well just pull his underwear up over his head every morning when he starts to school.

May 10, 2011 6:28 PM
By Miranda (not verified)

Bear Blu sounds like a muppet's name...

Actually, it is a muppet name. "Bear in the Big Blue House" was a popular young children's show produced by the Jim Henson Company; it ran from 1997 to 2006: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear_in_the_Big_Blue_House.

May 10, 2011 8:42 PM
By Rusty (not verified)

I just think it would be easier to have a formal name like Arthur, Dov, Bernard, Orson or Bjorn (which all mean "bear") and just use Bear as a nickname. Bear is a fine name for a sports team or a outdoors-man, but does Dr. Bear Jarecki sound right?

May 12, 2011 1:47 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Can you imagine a CEO named "Bear"? I sure can't. If they liked Bear I think they should have found a real name and then used Bear as a cute little nickname. Bartholomew could have been shortened to Bear I think since people often shorten it to Barry. Just a thought.

May 15, 2011 7:13 PM
By elleireland (not verified)

I agree with the above comment.....they should have used Bjorn, and called him Bear. Plus, it's a homophone with "bare," which is unfortunate.

August 26, 2011 4:44 AM
By AJ@ Bird Feeder (not verified)

Definitely a cute name! And I'm so glad for Alicia, I hope they'll have a happy and healthy family.

October 1, 2012 2:03 AM
By down for me (not verified)

yeah!!! i totally agreed with this.
Hope Alicia and her family have a happy life.
Thanks for your info.

November 14, 2012 12:02 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

What are your thoughts about the name Bear? A natural fan of the name? Too rough and gruff for a baby? Weigh in now.

September 8, 2014 7:01 AM
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