Oh what to do, what to do!

Update February 26, 2010 - 8:47 PM CST

It’s almost time to pick a name, and I’m not a good decision-maker.  I want it to be perfect.  But you sent so many perfect names—over 3,100 names in over 7,400 submissions—with more coming in fast to beat tomorrow night’s deadline.  The contest drew on so many minds with so much knowledge, we have cub names for years to come.  They cover the range of cute, clever, meaningful, and just nice to say.

So far, 282 names play on the theme combining Lily and Ely to make Elly, Princess Elly, etc.

The next most popular is Daisy (166 entries) which outranked all the other flower names submitted.

Then come 163 name entries with the theme Camden, Cameron, Cami, etc.

Hope ranks high (131), and the four letters spell out what these bears are giving and doing: Hope for the future of all bears, Opportunity to better understand bears, Progress correcting misconceptions and changing attitudes, and Educating the public on hibernation and bear life.

The theme Lyla, Laila, etc, (120 entries) from the Arabic name for ‘dark beauty’, struck a chord with me because Lyla was my mother’s name.  More than anyone, she encouraged my interest in nature.  I’ve been saving her name for a very special bear, and Lily and the cub certainly have encouraged people’s interest in nature.

Joy is appropriate for the feelings this cub engenders.

Honey is nice, but would be confusing because that’s what I call my wife.

Hundreds of cute and clever names included Bearock Obama, Brrrtha, Lilyette, Cubsota, Minnie-sota, Ursa minor, Webbie (short for Web-Bear), Squeaker, Peekaboo, and Bigfoot.  I could imagine the cub waving a big foot and doing other things to inspire some of those names.

Another theme is Native American names with appropriate meanings like Koda (friend), Migwetch (thank you), and many more.

Oh what to do, what to do!

Thank you again for donating and we’re all looking forward to the Lilypad Picnic July 30-Aug 1.  We’re planning special evenings at the Bear Center for people to mingle and learn.

—Lynn Rogers, Biologist, North American Bear Center