History of the teddy bear
The origins of the teddy bear are not certain, but one theory goes as follows:
Theodore Roosevelt, whose nickname was "Teddy", enjoyed big game-hunting. According to one legend, the teddy bear received its birth at Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. To cheer Theodore Roosevelt after an unsuccessful day of hunting, Hotel Colorado maids presented him with a stuffed bear pieced together with scraps of fine material. Later, when he did bag a bear, his daughter Alice admired it saying, "I will call it Teddy." The term caught on.
For more information on the history of the teddy bear, you can visit the following links, or if you want to have a look at the hundreds of different teddy bears we have, have a look in the categories to the left.
History of the teddy bear, on wikipedia
History of the teddy bear, at the teddy bear museum.