Where does come from?
As modern legend has it, the teddy bear was created in 1902 by Brooklyn toymaker Morris Michtom. He was inspired by an act of mercy, popularly depicted in a political cartoon, on the part of President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt who refused to shoot a bear that was tied to a tree on a hunting trip.
Michtom put the soft, plush bear in the window of his shop with a sign “Teddy’s bear.” The name, eventually morphed into teddy bear, stuck, and the toy became one of the most popular the world over.
Teddy bears didn’t make it into emoji-land until 2018 under Unicode 11.0, though there are scores of bear kaomoji, a form of Japanese emoticons developed in the 1980s, as well as the popular bear face emoji 🐻 which debuted in 2010.
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In July 2017, Ariel Jacobs proposed a teddy bear emoji to the Unicode Consortium (which governs emoji standards), observing: “While there are many work-related emoji, there are no emojis that currently represent toys.” Jacobs added that a teddy bear would make for a useful distinction from the bear face emoji 🐻, which has been sometimes previously used for teddy bears online.
Who uses ?
As of July 2018, the teddy bear emoji is still a brand-new toy for users to play with.
On Twitter, people are using the emoji to signify actual teddy bears, such as toy collectors seeking repairs.
A question for @thenicolabryant, did you ever get your teddy bear repaired? If not, bring it to Wvorp and I’ll bring the teddy repair items and fix it there. 🧸
— Yvette Jessen (DO9YJ) (@FrauYvaJ) June 28, 2018
The teddy bear emoji can also signify charity, like toys and books gifted to children in need.
Miss Stephenson & Mrs Shaw will be running a £1 stall at the Summer Fayre. If you have any unwanted gifts, toys, books etc, that you are willing to donate, please drop them in at either office. 🧸📚
— ThorpeHesleyPrimary (@ThorpeHesleyPri) June 12, 2018
Beloved as they are by children, it’s no surprise that the teddy bear emoji is marking all things children, especially the joy, fun, innocence, and preciousness of youth.
Buy your tickets to this weekends Teddy Bear’s Picnic in advance for every adult ticket bought get a free child’s ticket! On the day prices of Adults £7 and Children £4, under 3’s and Teddy Bear’s go free 🧸😄 https://t.co/HfWug4KRoh pic.twitter.com/HCOqNg8WaU
— Cholmondeley Castle (@CholmondeleyCas) July 3, 2018
Teddy bears are cute and snuggly, like K-pop stars or good boyfriend material, which the teddy bear emoji is helping to note.
A fluffy, 37 year-old, 6′ 2″ tall 🧸… can I have one? https://t.co/gWMUIVCHaA
— ♉Sara D’Ignoti♉ (@Saruppa) June 30, 2018
Park Jimin 🧸🌈🖍👶🏻
— 防彈軍隊。땡! 🌸 (@BulletproofAne) July 4, 2018
Expect a spike in the teddy bear emoji every September 9, National Teddy Bear Day