So does that mean that Captain Jack's *real* last name is Teague too and "Sparrow" is a surname he adopted for his own purposes ?
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I really thought you would ask this… So, that’s the mystery of it all.
It’s really unknown, but I’d say you are on the right “sea lane”. 😂
Sailing through Captain Jack Sparrow confusing story, I’ll try to explain a little bit, what I understand through the years I “met” his story.
1) The Past:
I don’t know if you know about Captain Jack Sparrow past, but it was revealed on the book “Disney Pirates: The Definitive Collector’s Anthology” that he was named after his uncle (Captain Teague’s brother), Jack, who due to his brother’s last name, can be maybe known as “Jack Teague” (Although there’s no official confirmation about it). With this information, we can maybe rule out the possibility of having two pirates with the same name.
But is there a possibility? Yes.
2) Captain Jack Sparrow’s name: The Original Books Vs. The Movies:
Although neither in the books or in the movies he mentioned his last name, it seems that there are two versions of the origin of “Sparrow”. Keep it in mind that the events in the original books are a little bit different from the movie and sometimes didn’t match. Captain Jack Sparrow’s origin name is one of them:
A) The Book Version:
Since the first book, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow: The Coming Storm”, we already met him as “Jack Sparrow” and on his “couple years” , something older than 13. It’s not said from where came the “Sparrow” surname, or if he was already named “Jack Sparrow” since birth, but in the end of the first book, he started to want to be called “Captain Jack Sparrow”.
Later, on the 2007 book “Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow: Sins of the Father”, Captain Teague is often referred as “the man who might be dad”, because since his childhood Captain Jack Sparrow was kinda unsure whether he was really his father or not. He also stated that although respected and admired “the man who might be dad”, he did not want to be like the rest of his family. So, maybe he didn’t want to be a “Teague” (although the name of his family was never told). And maybe since childhood he chose another surname/last name to start his own Pirate Life and not be compared to his uncle, Jack (probable) Teague.
B) The Movies Version:
Now, in the movies, it seems that the “Sparrow” was added to his name some years later the events from the first book, only when he was 18.
On the last movie, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”, during a flashback from Captain Armando Salazar, he remembers the moment he ended up trapped in the Devil’s Triangle after chasing the young Captain Jack:
“The last of their ships were burning before my eyes. And in that moment of… Victori… It’s when I heard it. One ship was trying to escape through the smoke, and there, in the crow’s nest, there was this young pirate boy. He stood there, looking like a little bird. And from that day he earned himself a name that would… haunt me for the rest of my days. Jack the ‘Sparrow’”
So, in the movies, “Sparrow” is not Captain Jack’s last name, but it was earned by himself as a result of his act of defiance to Salazar’s power.
Also, although Captain Salazar “named” him, he never had the opportunity to tell anyone, once he and his crew died. So, there’s a probability that Jack received the surname “Sparrow” by his own crew. After the battle they gave him gifts as tributes and maybe even gave him the surname “Sparrow” after comparing him to the bird (sparrow) in his nest, being the nest the ship’s crow nest.
Properly named as “Captain Jack Sparrow” (now a real captain name), they were ready to spread his history through the seven seas.
3) But wait! Why “Sparrow” and not, maybe, “Crow”?
So, if Captain Jack was in the “crow’s” nest why didn’t they nickname him “Jack Crow” instead of Jack Sparrow? Well, this is unknown.
But if we look through its symbolism, crows are often linked to the meaning of bad luck and death, something any pirate want during their travels. On the other hand, did you know that sparrows are a symbol of lust, sexual potency, commonness (lacking of taste and refinement), and vulgarity? And that they are surrounded by a huge number of predators, which make them be very watchful? This all matches exactly with Captain Jack Sparrow behavior. 😂
Anyway, as I said it’s unknown. There’s no official source talking about it, and we can only imagine a little bit.
Savvy, matey? ☠️