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 like his reasoning.
I don’t like the name.
I don’t think this is the best way to give a child something to “struggle for.” (How about a normal name, and the whole family start volunteering at a soup kitchen as soon as the kiddies are old enough? How cool would it be to teach your kids to “struggle for” the less fortunate?)
But I do like that he was thinking beyond style. That he was considering the value this name might have for his son one day. That he wants Sparrow to defend himself, and his identity, when he’s older.
Of course, the plan could backfire. Sparrow could grow up hating his name, hating his parents for giving him that name, and who knows what else.
But I hope it works. I hope Sparrow learns to take pride in his name, and that his name, in turn, helps teach him to be proud of himself.