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Baby Names of the Week: Draydon and Sparrow

Friday is here and so are our every week’s contest winners. This time, clear the decks to applaud                               Draydon Wolfe and Sparrow Sienna!

Let’s uncover the meaning of these names and try to resolve the unfathomable: what inspired the parents to choose them?

Draydon is new-fashioned, unconventional and as a given name, it hasn’t been around for too long. Currently, there are only a few tens of boys bearing this name in the US. The origin of the name seems to root in England, where it was initially used as a surname. The well-known bearer of this surname is the writer Allan Draydon, author of Men of Courage, an Australian military history publication. There might also be a connection to Dryden, the surname of a famous English poet and the name of a city in Ontario, Canada.

The history of Sparrow is a lot clearer. The word itself originating in English, sparrows are a family of small brown-grey passerine birds. Similarly to Draydon, it is mostly used as a surname and as a given name it sticks to the bottom of popularity ranks in the US. It can be used for both males and females, but so far you will definitely find more Sparrows on the feminine side. When choosing this name for a baby girl, one could only guess whether the inspiration came from the legendary and most lovable Jack Sparrow of the Pirates of the Carribean, Suzanne Harper’s The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney, or Marvin Gaye and his 1977 song ‘The Sparrow’.

Both Draydon and Sparrow undeniably fall under the category of highly creative and surely out of the ordinary baby names. But at what point does ‘original’ become ‘a little too drastic’?

We can’t wait to hear the comments and ideas from all of you, dear moms, especially the parents and soon-to-be parents of Draydon Wolfe and Sparrow Sienna.

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  1. Lisa Winnett says:

    I guess to really understand the choice of my baby’s name, you’d have to know me. Lol. Since I was a kid, I’ve loved animals & always knew I’d end up working with animals. I have done so, traveling all over working with a variety of animals. Mainly birds. I’ve been a bird mom many, many times. In fact, one of my last jobs was propagation of endangered birds, in which I’d hand raise baby birds to release back into the wild. Those who know me, know me as a nature/animal lover. So when I told friends and family of the name choice I wanted to give to my first born, they all agreed it was perfect. I know its not common, but I think its beautiful. And I don’t think I could have chosen a more perfect name for my little girl.

    —Expecting mom

  2. nicole says:

    I came up with the name drayden for my son in 2009 now it seems like its becoming more more common

  3. Michelle says:

    I came up with Draydon in 2001. I liked the rapper Dr. Dre, but didn’t want his name mispronounced so figured it would be easier for all to spell it as it sounds. He’s now 12 and often gets Brayden, Jayden etc. But once people know its Draydon with a D they never forget. He’s been the only Draydon I’ve heard of in Australia, which means he has to behave himself at school, because theres no other kid to confuse him with :)