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The Baby Name Guru Reviews the Latest Celebrity Baby Names . . .
by Bruce Lansky

Celebrity Baby Name Review

Sparrow James Midnight

Celebrity Nicole Richie and musician Joel Madden announced the birth of their baby boy: Sparrow James Midnight Madden. Richie and Madden seem to be using the same formula to name their new baby boy that they used to name his older sister.

- Three names: Sparrow James Midnight & Harlow Winter Kate

- One uncommon two-syllable first name: Sparrow & Harlow

- One name that describes the time/season of birth: Midnight & Winter

- One sensible 5-star middle name the child can fall back on if the other two names bomb: James & Kate

I gave Harlow Winter Kate a high grade because I liked the glamour, femininity, and attractiveness of Harlow. But Sparrow doesn't exude either the masculinity or celebrity magic that another animal name, such as Tiger (Woods), does.

In short, Sparrow is not a name that conveys either a distinctive, attractive image or a clear masculine identity. In the gospel hymn "His eye is on the Sparrow," the sparrow symbolizes one of God's lesser creations: "His [Jesus'] eye is on the sparrow/ And I know he watches me." Plus, if Richie and Madden had wanted to project a more masculine image--Captain Jack Sparrow, perhaps--they could have named their boy James Sparrow Midnight. Leading with Sparrow, however, it's possible the boy may endure teasing on the playground and trouble in the dating field.

My Verdict: Two thumbs down!

Bruce LanskyAbout the Author:
is North America's #1 author of baby name books. His books have sold over 11.5 million copies. His latest name book is 5-Star Baby Name Advisor.

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