Kate Winslet defends baby name, tells world to deal with it
January 3rd, 2014
04:02 PM ET

Kate Winslet defends baby name, tells world to deal with it

Feel free to judge all you want when it comes to the name Kate Winslet has chosen for her recently born son, Bear.

The actress, 38, assures Glamour magazine's U.K. edition that she's more than comfortable with her decision to give Bear her last name instead of the surname of his father, Ned Rocknroll.

"People might judge all they like, but I'm a f*****g grown-up," she told the magazine.

The "Labor Day" star has two other children, 10-year-old Joe and 13-year-old Mia, from prior marriages, and each kid bears Winslet's name. So with her third baby with her third husband, the Oscar winner saw no reason to suddenly switch things up - even if Ned's moniker is particularly unique last name.

"It was always going to have my name," Winslet tells Glamour U.K., adding that the couple didn't even really discuss it. "Mia and Joe have it as part of their name, so it would be weird if this baby didn't. Of course we're not going to call it RocknRoll."

Calling their son Bear, on the other hand, seemed to have made more sense. Before becoming, through vows at least, Mrs. Rocknroll in 2011, Winslet was married to director Sam Mendes and then Jim Threapleton, respectively.

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  1. KLD

    Bear Grylls is going to take all you haters to the woods and leave you there. Find hobbies, weaksauce pedants.

    January 20, 2014 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • KCheshire

      I take that back, KLD. I don't know why I felt the need to reply there. You're right, I need a hobby. LOL
      Who cares what an actress names her kid? Bear is better than North West.

      January 21, 2014 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. tarlcabot

    Let's see – 3 kids by 3 different fathers....yea there's a stereotype in there somewhere....

    January 19, 2014 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      In her defense, she WAS married to each of those guys when they had they had their respective kids.

      January 19, 2014 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TheSadTruth

    Fer cryin' out loud Kate- couldn't you throttle back a bit and make Bear his middle name and give him something more conventional for a first? The kid doesn't need to be teased at school from day one, does he?

    January 18, 2014 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • cleareye1

      The name Bear is not a problem at all. My granddaughter is named Berlin and I love it! Hurrah for creative names.

      January 18, 2014 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Perhaps she trying to appease the Dad, with the ridiculous surname as it is. There are some women out there who find it necessary to have a baby with every man they are involved.

      January 19, 2014 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      David Bowie named his son "Zowie" (yes...Zowie Bowie). The moment he was legally old enough, he changed it to Duncan Jones. However, he had to live with that RIDICULOUS name for 18 years, just because his dad thought it would be "cute".

      January 19, 2014 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • jujubeans

      Yeah, Bear should have been his middle name. His first name should have been Theodore.

      January 20, 2014 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. lady grinning soul

    she doesn't seem to have much sense .....
    3 husbands, 3 children all from a different husband and now calling her son Bear. Seems like she's incapable of making good choices in life.

    January 18, 2014 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
    • pliny

      . . . other than to entertain large numbers of people with her talent and hopefully not to raise her children to be judgmental prigs.

      January 18, 2014 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
    • perla

      Maybe she has no sense but even though she has 3 kids with 3 different men but she is not a "Welfare Queen"....

      January 18, 2014 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Karennot

      Who name you a judge and jury to celebrities? It's their god given right to name their children whatever they please. Very sad that enough people placed judgement on Kate and she felt it necessary to defend herself. But Kate, you did it so well. My only comment to you is thank you for always entertaining the world with impeccable acting and I my two daughters always looked up to you as a wonderful role model. Stay you!

      January 20, 2014 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jo Momma

      LOL–you brought out the angry folks! (i.e. How dare you be Judgmental!!!–bwahahaha)

      January 21, 2014 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. polarbear59

    Fox Mulder?
    "Hoss" Cartwright?
    Ima Hogg?
    Rooster Cogburn?

    January 17, 2014 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glo G.

      'Hoss' was a nickname: his given name was Harold. And Rooster was also a nickname.

      January 20, 2014 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bob

    should have gone with "LongLive" (Rocknroll)

    January 17, 2014 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. hubert39

    My son is 44. He's always been called, Bear. Most people don't know his real name.

    January 17, 2014 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mike

    So she gave the her children her father's last name.
    Men – 1
    Women – 0

    January 16, 2014 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. helpme

    it could have been MOON UNIT,or DWEZEL....or however frank zappa named his kids...

    January 15, 2014 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Marc

    I think its a nod towards her hero Edward Michael "Bear" Grylls, and for what its worth,, i think its a great name. 🙂

    January 15, 2014 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. Anne

    She didn't "become Mrs. Rocknroll, through vows at least". She just married someone. She didn't change her name. I didn't either and I wouldn't - not because I worry about professional reasons, but because I don't want to! My kids have my last name, and their father, my dear fellow, is fine with that. As for naming the child, here, the parents may choose any last name they like, if they agree. Otherwise, the child’s last name will be a hyphenated combination of both surnames in alphabetical order. If only the birth mother signs the birth registration, she can choose the last name.

    January 14, 2014 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jo

    I think its a perfectly cute name. All you haters need to get a life an stop getting so excited about stuff that really doesnt matter. Go yell at your local courthouse about injustice or something. lol

    January 13, 2014 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. stan0301

    Well, as names go "Bear" isn't all that bad–every hear of king Arthur?–in Old English "Arthur" meant "Bear"–and all concerned knew that perfectly well–Hope the kid is still remembered 1500 years from now..

    January 13, 2014 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Doesn't anyone remember Bear Bryant? i think it is a perfectly fine name.
      Congrats on the new arrival.

      January 13, 2014 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Zzz

    You may be an adult, but it's still a REALLY STUPID NAME!

    January 12, 2014 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mick

    Bear Winslet,I like it! This is not a good photo of Kate BTW. She is still a looker! Live on Kate!

    January 12, 2014 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  16. porttabacco

    Kate Winslet should learn from actress Barbara Hershey! In Barbara's hippy days she named herself Barbara Seagull
    due to stupidly breaking a seagulls neck during a film. Then Barbara names her poor innocent son FREE??
    Barbara finally grew up and realized she was an airhead and went back to using Barbara Hershey and her son probably got tried of the name calling at school and changed his name. I still like Barbara even though she was an airhead. I also like
    Kate Winslet too!

    January 12, 2014 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  17. porttabacco

    Barbara Hershey should advise Kate not to give the baby that weird name!
    Barbara in her hippy days named herself Barbara Seagull and her son Free! Eventually Barbara grew up and realized what an air head she was and changed her name back to Hershey. Her son probably got tried of being called Free and also changed his name.
    Don't be stupid Kate Winslet you are all grown up but still an air head.

    January 12, 2014 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Observer

    Her husbands real name is Abel Smith

    January 12, 2014 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  19. akababysitter

    Bear is better name than some of the other stupid names celebrities come up with.....North West.....really? poor little girl

    January 12, 2014 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  20. Liz

    I assumed she was a fan of the Crimson Tide.

    January 12, 2014 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Chappy Sinclair

      She has not aged well. Auburn must have caused her to age 10 years.

      January 12, 2014 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  21. citizenUSA

    Yes, I've lost countless hours of sleep over this...

    January 10, 2014 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  22. timverba

    This article seems to imply that parents can name their children with any sirname. To what extent, could a Mr and Mrs Charles Brown name their child Charles Green? Are the laws different in the United Kingdom versus those of the several states in America?

    January 10, 2014 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • @timverba

      I suggest you do extensive research into how and why laws differ in the UK from those in the USA, with emphasis into those governing the naming of children, particularly as it applies to surnames, then get back to us with your findings. You have one week.

      January 10, 2014 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jackson

      It's not "any" surname, it's the mother's surname.

      At least TRY and form a cogent argument next time.

      January 10, 2014 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Frank

    Interesting how she kept calling Bear "it" instead of "him".

    January 10, 2014 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  24. Sunflower2

    Kate, we nicknamed our son Bear when he was 2. It stuck... He's now 26 and we still call him Bear... I like the name, obviously.... It's a great name for a boy.... and he even likes it!! So don't listen to all the freaks on here.....

    January 10, 2014 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Beccalee

      I see nothing wrong with the name – it's strong, not like a direction, piece of fruit or color – and so what?? Bear is a cute name, some people adopt horrid nick name's that stick with them for life. What's in a name. Well – everyone here so up in arms...if she wasn't a celebrity, I guarantee you wouldn't give 2 cents about it!

      Wish people would use the board to truly celebrate the birth of her new son "Bear" , wish her well. She's a talented beautiful actress – Bravo, wishing you well with your family 🙂

      January 12, 2014 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Bert974

    How about Clothed Winslet? Much more appropriate.

    January 10, 2014 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  26. Bayousara

    OK, Bear is cute...if it is Teddy Bear. Bear for an adult male is a bit childish. But the baby is who will have to live with it. I saw a list of outrageous (to me) names for celebrity babies and noted that one of them is now an adult and had his name changed to something else. My nephew and his girlfriend apparently hate their new baby girl so much that they named her "Rogue." That name in New Zealand (they live in the US) is on the same list as Hitler and is not allowed there as a baby name.

    January 9, 2014 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  27. The Truth

    It's all fun and games until the kid goes to school. That is when his fellow students teach the parents a very important lesson on why their cute little unique name has consequences.

    Always think carefully about what you are going to name a child, it tends to stick with them for life.

    January 8, 2014 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Crod

    Ursula, Urs, Bjorn, Arthur, Bernadette, Bernard, and many more names mean Bear. So why not just name him Bear?

    January 8, 2014 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  29. ryan

    that's the Chinese way of having English name? O guess she name her son Bear while visiting China

    January 8, 2014 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  30. Zander Greenway

    Ms. Winslet is the premiere actress of her generation and has the right to name her child whatever she choses. With a surname of "Rocknroll" I expect she's done the tot a great favor. Perhaps "Dad" can think of his son's wellbeing and commend the choice. In any case, the child shall be having enough scraps dealing with "Bear".
    Coming from a generation of boomers who tagged their offspring with monikers ranging from "Sunshine" to "Moon Unit", the whole matter seems like foolish topic for even those engages about the career of being "professionally outraged."

    January 7, 2014 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • bowenj10

      Premier actress of her generation? Based on what?

      January 8, 2014 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Diablo135

      Even if she was the premier actress of our time, why does that give her the right to name her kid anything she wants? Isn't being the mother good enough, or is that what you were getting at?

      January 8, 2014 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  31. sara

    Bear Winslet is a great name. You tell them off good Kate.

    January 7, 2014 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      I agree, with all the real problems in the world you almost have to be mental to get upset over a name.

      January 8, 2014 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Jenny

    Really she does not care what people say?? sure...is that why she had to give her five cents about Miley Cyrus needing help...my dear Kate you have three children from three different men....

    January 7, 2014 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • OhioMario

      @Jenny, and who are you to judge someone you don't know personally for having 3 kids from 3 different marriages? Judgmental, judgmental.

      Also, you are confused. It was Sinéad O'Connor who chose to tweet her opinion about Miley Cyrus.

      Go back to your household chores, or Jerry Springer show or whatever it is that you do with your time.

      January 7, 2014 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • bjaneyre

      Jenny, I was trying to find a way to comment. You gave my comments, for me. She stressed concern about Miley, who has a mother and father. Perhaps, she should concern herself, with her own children. Seems, she has no room, to try and teach Miley about life...

      January 9, 2014 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Gogu

      Miley Cyrus the tongue sticking singer? She got this habit I hear from her puppy. Any truth to it?
      Wonder what she will name her baby?

      January 15, 2014 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  33. Skeptacular

    Personally, I was advocating for her second choice....Cornichon.

    January 7, 2014 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  34. RC Roeder

    Ms. Winslet can name her child any name she wishes, it is the child that will have to suffer from her, in my opinion, poor choice for a name. Then again, her child is now in a small group of celebs children's name like moon zappa, and most likely not come in contact with "normal people"

    January 7, 2014 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Anne

    Fast f
    Onward to 1st day of school. Poor kid. Children are cruel. Get ready for the bullying

    January 7, 2014 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  36. fern

    It is not such an unusual name. Björn is a common name in Scandinavia meaning bear. The old English word for bear, beorn, used to be a name. Buck, Drake, Colt and Cat are common names today.

    January 7, 2014 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  37. aspen rain

    She is such a DING BAT!! what till he gets older and kicks her ass for giving him such an ignorant name...

    January 7, 2014 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Kelly Frank

      Aspen Rain.... I imagine you had to have that same talk with your folks if that isn't an imaginary moniker.

      January 9, 2014 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |

    This woman has married each of the men she had a child with, people have multiple children with multiple donors and never marry so she covered that part. People can name their children whatever they choose, if the child doesn't like it then the child can change it when they reach the age of majority.

    I read all the time where people complain about PC (politically correct) crap being forced on them, well it is rather hypocritical to do the same thing to someone else. Just because she didn't name her son Joseph David doesn't mean there is anything wrong with her. The problem here is that we spend too much time worshiping at the feet of entertainers so we think we have a right to pass judgment on them. I think it is safe to say that Ms. Winslet has communicated just how she feels about this and I say bravo!

    January 6, 2014 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maha

      Just because you can name your kid whatever you choose doesn't mean you should. There's greater potential for social stigma when you give your kid an atypical name like that.

      January 8, 2014 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  39. Quiet Time

    She is a very talented actress. Although I would never name a child "Bear," she sees the world much differently than I do. I have always liked her for her honesty and her confidence to offer herself as an alternative to the size 0 medicore actress. Kate Winslet does not seem to be afraid of taking chances or appearing to be less-than-perfect.

    January 6, 2014 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Alex

    In Sweden, Björn (meaning bear) is a very common name. You may remember it as one of the ABBA's B's.

    January 6, 2014 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  41. phaedron47

    Bear McCreary wrote the music to "The Walking Dead," among other things. So, I mean, the name isn't exactly unheard of...

    January 6, 2014 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Thomas

    If someone is using profanity when they say they are grown up, they should learn that it actually conveys they need to grow up some more. Yes, I know Kate is a grown up and I couldn't care what she names her son, but the profanity really didn't help her point.

    January 6, 2014 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  43. thetack

    My favorite dog is named "Bear" and I love him to pieces. Maybe they named their kid after their dog...it's been done before. Hopefully, he didn't get his mom's fat genes or Middle School is going to be an outright nightmare!

    January 6, 2014 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Waldo

    Look at the photo. It's like she's saying "COME AT ME, BRO!"

    January 6, 2014 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Keith

    We named our kids unusual names in the 70's and they grew up well adjusted and do just fine with names like Stormy, Blue, Chrysalis, Creed, and Sunny.

    January 6, 2014 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  46. kingparkerent

    ha...she's either building the new voltron or the thundercats but wait...it's her baby? um...no....it's THEIR baby. sounds like most men he's p* whipped and decided to keep the peace. lucky for him she's the man.

    January 6, 2014 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Stacey

      Hey dumb a$$ ... if it's THEIR baby, why does it have to have HIS name? Why not a combination of both?

      January 6, 2014 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Jo Momma

      Angry Woman (Stacy) Alert!!!

      January 21, 2014 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  47. KATHY H

    This world is getting WAY to judgmental. Who the hell cares what she and others name their child. Its nobody's business, period.

    January 6, 2014 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  48. morganfrost

    Why not? And, more importantly, why do people give a damn what some actress who can't manage a stable relationship calls the third child in as many marriages? Assuming there were a problem with the name "Bear" (and I'm not sure I can figure out why there should be), it is probably not this woman's biggest issue.

    January 6, 2014 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  49. DC

    Not sure why anyone cares what Ms. Winslet named her son or how many times she has been married or if she chooses to retain her own surname. Maybe you should all m.y.o.b.

    January 6, 2014 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  50. Rachel

    I live in the real world with real people....and I know two Bears.

    Get over it, people.

    January 6, 2014 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  51. Jones

    Seems like these people are trying to make their children social outcasts from birth, this is a pathetic attemp for more attention from mentally I'll parents

    January 6, 2014 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  52. Adam

    There's no doubt in my mind that nearly two decades from now, a lot of children of celebrities will be having their names legally changed

    January 6, 2014 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  53. William

    Shame on her. I think a name like Moon Unit would be far more appropriate.

    January 6, 2014 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  54. John N Florida

    No Kate, The WORLD won't have to deal with it.
    Your child will have to deal with it hours every day when Mum isn't around and his friends are making fun of him.
    So SELFISH and immature.

    January 5, 2014 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susie

      What are you on? Firstly, Bear is a seriously cool name, and secondly, why can't her child have her surname? Yes, traditionally the child takes the father's surname, but the world evolves not because of the traditionalists. She's retaliating against those who have judged her for being different. As for the child, having Winslet as a surname as opposed to RocknRoll is a win.

      January 5, 2014 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  55. shana k

    If she and Ned had a lauqh, that's all that matters.....riqht Miss Winslet?

    January 5, 2014 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  56. The Wizard of OZ

    I heard that she is going to have 2 more and name them Lion and Tiger.

    January 5, 2014 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Bear

    Mom, I hate you. Never have another kid...ever

    January 5, 2014 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  58. gwats1957

    If she was a real 'grown up', she would have gotten married ONCE, and put in the 'work' to make it last...... that's what 'adults' do.... You're a washed up, 38 year old actress who knew giving your kid a stupid name would generate a little 'buzz' in the media. I feel sorry for your kids.... and yes, that name is beyond stupid.......

    January 5, 2014 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  59. bb

    Alicia Silverstone's son is also named Bear. What's the big deal? Its not like she named her kid something horrible like Rapeist or Lucifer or something. Just because he's not named Bob or something completely dull? This isn't 1950 anymore and this isnt N. Korea , with an acceptable list of government mandated names. To each there own. Of course i may be biased, my Pomeranian is named Bear too.

    January 5, 2014 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • burkhartonline

      Well... it's better than the names Frank Zappa gave his kids.

      January 5, 2014 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Mary

    I remember this nutjob in my church when I was a kid who named his 3 daughters: Ford, Chevy and Dodge. I kid you not.

    January 5, 2014 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • annica

      I too remember a family of 3 girls..in order of birth , April, May , June. We are running out of normal names we have to make up some new ones. Have at it. Poor little people.

      January 5, 2014 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rock

      Those must be lazy kids since neither of those 3 run for long

      January 5, 2014 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • shana k

      Hey Winslet. Your son is now a huqe furry herbivore, known for raidinq dumpsters. qood choice. quess you were so busy planninq your snobbish over the top life that you couldn't carve out an hour to find a decent name for your child.

      January 5, 2014 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • @shana k

      Bears are more carnivore than herbivore. Omnivore might be a better descriptive.

      January 5, 2014 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angelina

      Oh my! My daughter knew a girl at church whose family named her "Nestle", and their last name was "Fudge". I kid you not! Now that is crazy!

      January 9, 2014 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • keelie

      I know a family named Packer who named their son Fudge.

      January 9, 2014 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Jo Momma

      Keelie= WIN!!! (coffee on screen here)

      January 21, 2014 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  61. Pensimmon

    Who cares? Aren't there more important things to spend you energy on? Let anyone call their kids what they like. It's a free country. If the kid doesn't like it, he/she can pick a nickname or use a second name. It doesn't matter one iota.

    January 5, 2014 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  62. joe

    lol @ "I'm a f*****g grown-up." Yes Kate, that was a very grown-up reply. Classy too. How typically Hollywood.

    Anyway......as idiotic of a name as "Bear" is, I've heard worse. Musicians seem esp prone to this idiocy, with Zappa being the most obvious. Yes use the name of your child as the butt of a joke, brilliant idea. And didn't Grace Slick (does anyone even remember her) name her kid "God?" Funny. hahahaha. Good grief – what morons.

    January 5, 2014 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Vi

    What these egocentric "artistes" don't realize is that naming one's child is not an exercise in narcissistic flights of fancy. It's a pity that they are unable to consider what these absurd names can do to hurt their children.

    January 5, 2014 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • porkchops

      How can it hurt them? Mom has enough money for all of them to live like kings and never have to work.

      January 5, 2014 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Shelly Lieff

    I suppose nobody remembers the coach, Bear Bryant?

    January 5, 2014 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      Apparently you don't remember that that was a nickname, not his actual name (which was Paul).

      January 5, 2014 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • will

      Mr. Bryant was named Paul William Bryant by his parents; Bear was merely a nickname. BIG difference.

      January 5, 2014 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anne

      I don't remember him, but I remember Max Bear, and they can always call him Max. I hope the don't call him Winnie.

      January 5, 2014 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert A. Hamilton

      ^Paul William Bryant. "Bear" was his nickname.

      January 5, 2014 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Anne

      Are you thinking of Max BAER, Jr., the actor who played Jethro?

      January 5, 2014 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • FQMiami

      Bear Bryant and Bear Grylls are always referred to by their nicknames, not given names. So yeah, it's not an alien or extremely unusual name.

      January 5, 2014 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      But, everyone remembers Bare Lady Godiva.

      January 5, 2014 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Rod C. Venger

    I knew a guy named Bear once, but it was his nickname during the early 70's, not his given name, not in English anyway. His given name was "Urso" in Portuguese, since that's what he was. Still, it's not appropriate as a real first name. Celebs are doing their kids a disservice.

    January 5, 2014 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • FQMiami

      Urso and Ursula are foreign language variants of the word "bear".

      January 5, 2014 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  66. DC guy

    But, really, who cares? Get a life people!

    There are a lot of "stars" in life, teachers, first responders, service men and women, appearing in a film is really not much to make you important or in some way an example. Most are people not real or in any way intelligent "only playing that part on screen". Proven every day in the press, drugs, car crashes, lives in ruin, I guess we all like watching that car crash, sad.

    January 5, 2014 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  67. MrsFudd

    She may be grown up chronologically, but judging by her maturity level, I'd say she's around junior high level. Mature adults do not name their children stupid names like "Bear". This poor boy will be hounded for years and teased because of his mother's ridiculous choice for a name. Parents today just don't think ahead and think of what it will be like for their kids to be stuck with monikers like "Bear" or "Fifi Trixibelle" or "Moxie Crimefighter" or "Bear Blu" or "Midnight James Sparrow' or other stupid Hollywood baby names.

    January 5, 2014 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • TrekMom

      Instead of chastising the parent for not conforming to perceived rules when it comes to naming their child, perhaps we could teach our own children not to make fun of others names, looks, disabilities, etc.

      January 5, 2014 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • FQMiami

      Bear Bryant and Bear Grylls seem to have done just fine being called by the name "bear".

      January 5, 2014 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ingot

      Yogi Jones had tremendous success with the Hanna-Barbera company after changing his last name to Bear.

      January 6, 2014 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  68. Numnuts

    Well everyone, please 'bear' with her stupidity

    January 5, 2014 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Giorgio

      Imagine if the girls becomes obese.... It will be sooo cool to introduce herself as Bear...Are they calling her Teddy until she grows up?? What a demented b***ch...

      January 5, 2014 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Giorgio

      It's her SON – a boy, not a girl – you demented b***h...

      January 6, 2014 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  69. stone

    Nobody cares

    January 5, 2014 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  70. JimfromBham

    What about naming the kid "Bear With It"?

    BTW – the article apparently was edited to death. The final paragraph begins with a topic sentence which states that "Calling their son Bear....seems to have made more sense.", but then the rest of the paragraph deals with prior marriages. Also, it is difficult to imagine if the photographer could have selected a less flattering camera angle.

    January 5, 2014 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |
  71. Sonja

    Why is naming a kid Bear any worse than naming it Wolf? Or Leo, for Lion?

    January 5, 2014 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
    • JGN

      Couldn't agree more. My nephew's name is Chance and when paired with his last name it seemed a recipe for disaster but he was always so well liked from the first year that it never occurred to anyone to tease him. He BECAME his name and it carried it's own cache because of that. I'm sure it will be the same with Bear.

      January 5, 2014 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Puja

      Or Tiffany, Silver, Diamond, Ruby....

      Maturity is not defined by age. Its the the Media going after silly things like the babies name.

      January 14, 2014 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  72. Kate

    She's a f....ing what? oh yes sorry she's a grown up- forgot that part- she's all grown up- nice one Kate- glad you reminded us-

    January 5, 2014 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  73. Janky

    @ Guest: Alicia Silverstone named her boy Bear Blu, so it's hardly original. My nephew has a dog named Bear. Bear is an okay name for a dog, but not for a human being.

    January 5, 2014 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  74. EJ

    Bear is a whole lot better than some ghettofied name like Marquantavious and Daquantay

    January 5, 2014 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      But the names are original. You have to give credit for originality. Bear? Sheeeeeit.

      January 5, 2014 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
    • I Hate Mustard

      I agree. Those made-up names sound so stupid. Though I did like Lafawnduh (in Napoleon Dynamite). There's a difference between choosing uncommon names (I have a son named Dashiell), and choosing weird names. I think Bear is a better name than Apple or North. I knew a family that named their daughter Jill Winter Knight! And they actually called her Jilly! How cruel is that?

      January 5, 2014 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  75. agentxyz

    I like moose better

    January 4, 2014 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  76. RCDC

    I need a hug from her to check if she's grown up.

    January 4, 2014 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Ty Rex

    I'm a dinosaur - RAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWRRRRRRR!!!!!

    January 4, 2014 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Bear Winslet


    January 4, 2014 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Shelby

    Gotta love how accurate the info is on these "news sites": "Before becoming, through vows at least, Mrs. Rocknroll in 2011, Winslet was married to director Sam Mendes and then Jim Threapleton, respectively." WRONG. She was married first to Jim Threapleton and had Mia, and THEN to Sam Mendes and had Joe.

    January 4, 2014 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  80. I. Dunne Noe

    Bear Winslet?

    She should have let the kid be named Bear Rocknroll.

    What kind of parents would name their kid Bear Rocknroll? Awesome ones, that's who!

    January 4, 2014 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Clete

    I like the statement about her being a f.....ing grown-up. That has yet to be proven.

    January 4, 2014 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • dubin is done....


      January 4, 2014 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Why? I love her brutal honesty. And I think it's cool she named her kid Bear. Just because no one else has named their kid that name in particular, it's her business, because after all, yes, she's a grown-up. What, do all grownups name their kids Jane and Brianna and Jeffrey? Whatever...I think what's weird is that the world seems to think that they have the right to comment and judge the baby names that celebrities choose, like it's open to public debate as being acceptable or not.

      January 4, 2014 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Mr My Way

    You people need a hobby. HOw about concerning yourself with the misery in South Sudan. Could you find it on a map? Ever hear of it?

    January 4, 2014 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • ebonics_hater / aka SoKKKman

      Our resident white supremacist troll.

      January 4, 2014 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • JGN

      Yet you seem to have somehow found your way to this story and thus to comment on it. Hmmm.

      January 5, 2014 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  83. how sick

    I came here to post a comment. But you all are a bunch of freaking trolls. Forget it. I'm going back to tji.

    January 4, 2014 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  84. Her choice, her consequences.

    Why shouldn't she give the kid her surname...she did all the work...and so many Women keep Their surname for professional reasons.

    January 4, 2014 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
    • JAG

      I agree. Why on earth in the 21st century do we continue to critique a woman who either keeps her last name and/or gives it to her children. Why do we assume fathers should have a monopoly on names?
      It's a personal choice. With thousands sharing most last names anyway I always thought the obsession more of an absurdity.

      January 4, 2014 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • One out of ten

      Women should give her baby her last name. With the high percentage of divorce women get to keep her kids any way.,. The kid grows up .... Gets confused suffer from scars & mental illness because he was raised by mom. He estranged that mother & breaks her heart but who cares a dam about this? It one out of every ten family!

      January 14, 2014 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  85. Joe

    What I want to know is why such a talented actress continues wh0ring herself out to successively richer and richer husbands....

    January 4, 2014 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Why does that matter so much to you, Joe?

      What do you have to gain from that knowledge, or lose from the fact that she's "wh0ring herself out?" What do you have at stake here?

      January 4, 2014 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  86. Ginger

    It's an idiotic name. She may be an "F'in grown-up", but her kid will hate it for it later.

    January 3, 2014 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  87. lyn

    Boy this chick gets around..........

    January 3, 2014 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Jeff Roem

    Actually, I'm de baby daddy, not dat other dude.

    January 3, 2014 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Tony

    And you lot are all so perfect of course! It's her life not yours so keep your big traps shut!

    January 3, 2014 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  90. bmsvds

    Married 3 times but still legally goes by Winslet? This should tell these guys something. Also the Winslet surname for all of these kids? Should tell these guys something more. We see who wears the pants, don't we, and how committed she is to these relationships.

    January 3, 2014 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fai

      What a ridiculous comment. How often do you have to clean the bubble that you live in? Do you know how many (non-famous) women marry and keep their maiden names? Hundreds of thousands. Whether it's for professional reasons or simply choice, it has nothing to do with one's commitment to a relationship. I have a friend who chose to keep her maiden name simply because she was the only child and, being a female, was the last in her "line" (for lack of a better word) and she wanted to preserve the name. How selfish and thoughtless, right? Definitely a cause for concern in any relationship that should send any sane man packing!. Winslet was married to Sam Mendes for 7 whole years, so I can see your concern with her loyalty there too.

      Please exit your bubble once in a while to get a clear view of the world and the people in it. You'll be much better for it.

      January 17, 2014 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Barbara Bush

    Darn right. Use your name for the kiddo.
    Still stuck in a hospital room.
    Food here is for the birds. Yuk!
    I want a Big Mac combo.

    January 3, 2014 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Ben

    Just like father's day at SoKKKman's trailer park in KC.

    January 3, 2014 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Agrav8td

    Wow, 3 kids with 3 different guys...Father's Day must be getting a little confusing in the Winslet household...

    January 3, 2014 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      She was married to each of them. That's better than the typical southerner.

      January 12, 2014 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |

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