Sparrow?? Seriously? Are you kidding me?? Sparrow? Sparrow James Midnight Madden? I know Nicole Ritchie is just another one of those dim-bulb “why is she famous again” ridiculous faux-celebrities, but seriously, naming a child Sparrow is just. not. nice.
I can’t imagine she’s the most culturally literate person on the planet and I have no idea who her husband even is, but does she know that a sparrow is a little beige and brown bird and is a frequent metaphor for someone who is drab and humble? Sheesh.
Contrast that with our friends across the pond in England and Wales. The most popular names over there are Jack and Olivia, and many of the other most popular ones are yuppie favorites here in the US like Sophie and Jacob. They certainly aren’t immune to celebrities with goofy names, but I think theirs are a bit icer than ours.
A few interesting points: Lewis is among the top five most popular names in Scotland. I think it’s a perfectly nice name, but I don’t know a single Lewis here and I also don’t know anybody who has named their baby that. Hipsters, what do you think?
Also, various spellings of Mohammed rank as the tenth most popular name (when all the spellings are lumped together) in England and Wales, which I found interesting. My state has the higest concentration of Arabic-speaking people outside the Middle East, and Mohammed isn’t anywhere near the top.
What do you think? Are Jack and Olivia nicer names than Emily and Jacob (the perennial top names here in the US)? Is Sparrow utterly ridiculous? And do you know any little baby Lewises?