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Origin and Meaning of Sparrow

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  1. A submission from Colorado, U.S. says the name Sparrow means "Bird".
  2. A submission from the United Kingdom says the name Sparrow means "A type of bird" and is of English origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Spar"row
  1. [Zoöl] One of many species of small singing birds of the family Fringilligæ, having conical bills, and feeding chiefly on seeds. Many sparrows are called also finches, and buntings. The common sparrow, or house sparrow, of Europe (Passer domesticus) is noted for its familiarity, its voracity, its attachment to its young, and its fecundity. See House sparrow, under House.
  2. [Zoöl] Any one of several small singing birds somewhat resembling the true sparrows in form or habits, as the European hedge sparrow. See under Hedge."He that doth the ravens feed, Yea, providently caters for the sparrow, Be comfort to my age!" [Shak.]

Note: ☞ The following American species are well known; the chipping sparrow, or chippy, the sage sparrow, the savanna sparrow, the song sparrow, the tree sparrow, and the white-throated sparrowsee Peabody bird). See these terms under Sage Savanna, etc.

Etymology: OE. sparwe, AS. spearwa; akin to OHG. sparo, G. sperling, Icel. spörr, Dan. spurv spurre, Sw. sparf, Goth. sparwa; -- originally, probably, the quiverer or flutterer, and akin to E. spurn. See Spurn, and cf. Spavin

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Small brownish European songbird
  2. Any of several small dull-colored singing birds feeding on seeds or insects

From Middle English sparwe, sparowe, from Old English spearwa (“sparrow”), from Proto-Germanic *sparwô, *sparwaz (“sparrow”), from Proto-Indo-European *sper(w)-, *sper(g)- (“sparrow, bird”). Cognate with Dutch spreeuw (“starling”), Alemannic German Spar (“sparrow”), German Sperling (“sparrow”), Danish and Norwegian Bokmål spurv (“sparrow”), Norwegian Nynorsk sporv (“sparrow”), Swedish sparv (“sparrow”), Breton frao (“crow”), Tocharian A spārāñ, Ancient Greek ψάρ (psár, “starling”).

  1. The house sparrow, Passer domesticus; a small bird with a short bill, and brown, white and gray feathers.
  2. A member of the family Passeridae, comprising small Old World songbirds.
  3. A member of the family Emberizidae, comprising small New World songbirds.
  4. Generically, any small, nondescript bird.
  5. (Britain, chiefly London) A quick-witted, lively person. Often used in the phrase cockney sparrow.

Notable Persons Named Sparrow

Notable Persons Named Sparrow


Sparrow McCaffrey

Sparrow McCaffrey was a baseball. Sparrow was born in 1868 in Philadelphia. He left this life on April 29th, 1894.

Sparrow Morton

Sparrow Morton is a baseball player.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Sparrow

Notable Persons With the Last Name Sparrow

Mighty Sparrow

Mighty Sparrow is a calypso music and soca music musician, record producer, and songwriter. He plays Vocals. He holds the title Mighty Sparrow's "No Money No Love". He has been prominent since 1949. Mighty was given the name Slinger Francisco on July 9th, 1935 in Grand Roy.

Walter Sparrow

Walter was born on January 22nd, 1927 in Eltham. He passed away on May 31st, 2000.

Rory Sparrow

Rory Sparrow is a basketball player for the Scranton Aces, Chicago Bulls, Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings, and Los Angeles Lakers. He was most active from 1980 to 1992. Rory was born on June 12th, 1958 in Suffolk, Virginia.

Jeff Sparrow

Jeff was born in 1969.

John Hanbury Angus Sparrow

John was born on November 13th, 1906. He passed away on January 24th, 1992.

Rajinder Singh Sparrow

  • Matt Sparrow
    Soccer Player
  • Anthony Sparrow
  • Henry VIII the Sparrow
  • Walter Shaw Sparrow
  • Guy Sparrow
    Basketball Player
  • Elizabeth Sparrow
  • George Sparrow
  • Emory Sparrow
    Hockey Player

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sparrow U.S.
  White 69.48% 64.26%
  African American 25.23% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.62% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.51% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.17% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Sparrow

People with the last name Sparrow are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Sparrow

  • How Popular is the name Sparrow? Sparrow is the 12,884th most popular name of all time. As a last name Sparrow was the 4,657th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Sparrow have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 768 babies born with the first name Sparrow in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sparrow to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Sparrow? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1977 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Sparrow first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sparrow is Friday, October 27th, 1893.
  • What year had the most people named Sparrow born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sparrow was in 2017 with a total of 88 babies.
  • Random Sparrow Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sparrow is not a popular baby girl's name in Virginia. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Virginia have the same name in 2016.
  • Weird things about the name Sparrow: The name spelled backwards is Worraps. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Wsoprra. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sparrow? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 7,614 people with the last name Sparrow.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sparrow? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Sparrow as their last name.
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