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Origin and popularity of the name SPARROW

Origin

Sparrow : English: nickname from Middle English spar(e)we sperwe sparow(e) ‘sparrow’ (Old English spearwa) perhaps used for a small chirpy person or bearing in mind Chaucer's description of the Summoner in the Canterbury Tales as ‘hot he was and lecherous as a sparrow’ for someone sexually promiscous.

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Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press

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Geographic distribution of the 18,905 individuals with the name SPARROW on Geneanet.

 

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    (278 individuals)
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    (227 individuals)
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    (176 individuals)

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    Variants of name SPARROW

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