Shycat (tawnykit) wrote in little_details,

Russian Child's Toy

Setting: modern/near future United States (but the character is Russian)

I posted a few days ago with a question for a story I'm working on where one of the main characters is a Russian little boy. (Here's that post if anyone wants a reference.) Said boy has a stuffed animal (a polar bear) that has some plot significance.

Question: Does anyone know of a name that a Russian boy (he's about eight years old) might give to a favorite toy? I'm looking for something along the lines of "Teddy" (every American kid's had a stuffed bear named "Teddy" at one point or another...) or "Nanuk," which I would probably have used if he was American. I looked online to see if there was a word for "polar bear" that I could find a diminutive for, but the closest I could get was "medved/медведь" (just plain "bear") from Google Translate, and I don't know how good a name that would be for a toy.

If there isn't anything that would be polar bear (or just plain bear) specific, I'm open to pretty much any other suggestions. My stuffed animals that are in my room right now from when I was a child include names like "Blizzard," "Fuzzy," and "Soft Kitty;" the character has a triceratops toy named "Tricey." Anything along those lines (but in Russian, obviously) would be wonderful!

(Also, I can't read Cyrillic, so if you have any suggestions could you please include a romanized version? I'd love to see the actual Russian as well, but I'd need the English spelling to know what I'm looking at.)

Search terms I tried: Googled various combinations of "Russian polar bears" and "polar bears in Russia," "Russian stuffed animals," "Russian stuffed animal names," etc. Turned up a lot of results about hunting and climate change, and even more results about Cheburashka dolls, but nothing I could use.

Eta: All set! Thanks guys! :)
Tags: russia (misc), ~names

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