Now this is intriguing. Musician Joel Madden, father of baby Sparrow, had this to say about Sparrow’s name in the most recent issue of People:
My worry raising a son in Hollywood is what will he have to struggle for? I wanted to give him a name that he’s going to have to stand up for.
Call me crazy, but I appreciate his reasoning. I like that he was thinking beyond style in considering the potential value this name might have for his son. He wants Sparrow to be able to defend himself, and his identity, when he’s older. That’s a good thing.
That said…I don’t know if an unusual (and gender-less) first name is the best way to teach a child — a young boy — how to “struggle for” something. Because an unusual name will often mess with a child’s self esteem. If the plan backfires, Sparrow could grow up hating his name, hating his parents for giving him the name, etc.
But I hope it works. I hope Sparrow learns to take pride in his name, and I hope his name somehow helps him take pride in himself.