Name Meaning

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  1. Ghost_Jedi Force Ghost

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    I know Lucas loves using names to offer insight either either the character's role in the saga.

    While at the os database I just noticed this one:
    Finis Valorum:
    finis - From Latin meaning the end or finish
    valorum - bravery, courage, honor

    thus his name means the end of valor, which is quite fitting, seeing that he is replaced by a sith.

    Or there any other occurances.
  2. MacetheCouncillor Force Ghost

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    "fett" means "fat" (noun meaning only) in my first language, which is Swedish.

    "han" means "he" in the same language.


    "mace" obviously has a meaning in English (we don't have to bring in another to language to find a meaning there).


    I do not believe there is a deliberate intention with these on Lucas' (particularly the top two on my list). In English and Latin maybe, though.

    Anyway, do you think "Luke" has anything to do with the fact that the last name of Star Wars' creator is Lucas?
  3. Ghost_Jedi Force Ghost

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    "han" means "he" in the same language. (swedish)

    Han Solo - He Alone - Which sums up Han when we first meet him, where is only concerned with himself. He grows and begins to care for others. Praticullary Luke & Leia.
  4. hunter_ofthe_myst_ra Jedi Grand Master

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    This has to do with the EU, but my sister told me that
    mara means "bitter" in hebrew
    and Jade means "Jewel"
    a bitter jewel, I thought that sounded neat.

    also dorme means "it sleeps" in Italian
  5. DarthNigel Force Ghost

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    Admiral Ackbar -- Ackbar or Akbar means "great" or "greatest" in Arabic.

    Qui-Gon Jinn -- In Islamic belief, "Jinn" refers to a spirit made of smokeless fire, which can take the form of a human being. I believe "Qui-Gon" or "Chi-Gon" refers to the energy of living beings in Chinese religion, and/or the discipline of harnessing and using that energy.

  6. Handmaiden Jedi Youngling

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    Qui-Gon Jinn -- In Islamic belief, "Jinn" refers to a spirit made of smokeless fire, which can take the form of a human being. I believe "Qui-Gon" or "Chi-Gon" refers to the energy of living beings in Chinese religion, and/or the discipline of harnessing and using that energy.

    wow. if that doesn't strike anyone as a clue to Qui-Gon's future in the saga, I don't know what does. Very nice thread.
  7. Darth-Seldon Force Ghost

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    No there is not meaning to Boba Fett except the school bully when Lucas was young was named Bob A. Fett.

    Seldon
  8. arrowheadpodracer Force Ghost

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    MacetheCouncilor, in regards to "Luke Skywalker" - I remember hearing or reading that he did use the name Luke because it was like his.
    It was originally Luke Starkiller, but always "Luke S". (Lucas.)
  9. MeBeJedi Jedi Grand Master

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    Actually, considering how many names were changed, either in spelling or switched between characters, it's hard to tell how much any given character inspired their own name.

    Now, I shall wait until someone posts the obvious wrong answer that always appears in these types of threads. ;)
  10. Dancing_Jansons Force Ghost

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    I always found it neat - and eminently appropriate - that Luke means "bringer of light".
  11. Darth-Seldon Force Ghost

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    I think Luke's name comes from George Lucas's last name
  12. ObiwanJohn Jedi Master

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    What do you suppose Chewbacca means?
  13. KÃ¥l Jedi Youngling

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    R2-D2 - Reel 2, Dialog 2 - editing jargon!

    Anakin - named after British film director Ken Annakin (Swiss Family Robinson)

    Padme - from Sanskrit Padma meaning lotus or grace

    Amidala - from Amida Buddha of Compassionate Light

    Skywalker - another name for Norse god of mischief (and Marvel Comics villain!) Loki

    Jango - from Spaghetti Western character Django
  14. Dancing_Jansons Force Ghost

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    I think Luke's name comes from George Lucas's last name

    Yes, what I'm saying is George's ego-stroking worked out well because the actual definition of Luke reads "bringer of light". A neat coincidence in light of the ending of ROTJ.
  15. JediRandy Jedi Youngling

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    No there is not meaning to Boba Fett except the school bully when Lucas was young was named Bob A. Fett.

    I've never heard that... is that a joke?

    The only Fett name thing I've heard is that he got it from Harrison Ford's character's name in American Graffiti: Bob Falfa.

  16. jedi_master_ousley Manager Emeritus

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    Yes, what I'm saying is George's ego-stroking worked out well because the actual definition of Luke reads "bringer of light". A neat coincidence in light of the ending of ROTJ.

    I think it is more likely that he chose "Luke" because it meant "bringer of light" than because his last name is Lucas.
  17. solojones Chosen One

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    Here's what I know that might be of interest and hasn't been mentioned yet:

    Obi is an Ibo word (Nigerian) meaning heart, also used to designate the main dwelling of a compound. Wan is a Chinese word meaning gentle. Ken is Japanese for strong. I don't know if it's intentional, but it's interesting nontheless.

    Also, Ben means son of. Hmm...


    -sj loves kevin spacey

  18. MeBeJedi Jedi Grand Master

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    "I think it is more likely that he chose "Luke" because it meant "bringer of light" than because his last name is Lucas."

    Well, consider Lucas stated he saw much of himself in Luke, I think the later would be correct.
  19. I-poodoo Jedi Master

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    I'm not saying any of these are right, but they're what I heard...

    Luke-From Loki, mischievious god in Norse mythology
    Han-A Derivation of John
    Anakin-a tribe mentioned in Genesis (I think) the Annakites-they reportedly fell from grace
    R2-D2-Reel 2, D 2.
    Orn Free Taa-George was looking at a box of Corn Fritters and inspiration hit...Orn Free Taa...Corn Fritter...Orn Free Taa [face_laugh]
  20. MeBeJedi Jedi Grand Master

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    Better yet, maybe Lucas just put a spoonful of Corn Fritters in his mouth when someone asked "Hey George, what are you eating?" :D
  21. PadawanEmily Force Ghost

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    Vader in dutch or german means father...i'm not quite sure
  22. Ghost_Jedi Force Ghost

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    ^^^ MeBeJedi wait no longer
  23. MeBeJedi Jedi Grand Master

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    [face_laugh]

    It was inevitable. :p

    "Darth is the combination of the first and last two letters of " DArk Lord of the SiTH".

    It�´s an EU thing, but a good one!"

    Incorrect on both counts, since "Darth Vader" was the character's full name in early writings of Star Wars.

    From Opinions of the Sith Lord title "Darth"
    12. GOVERNOR HOEDAACK'S QUARTERS - ALDERAAN

    The large, white-on-white executive quarters resound with the high-pitched
    laugh of the evil Governor Hoedaack. He slaps Darth Vader, a tall, grim-
    looking general, on the back, and the general's mouth makes the slightest
    gesture at a smile.
    ______________________________

    HOEDAACK
    Darth, you've done well. Do you think you will have the Royal Family by
    nightfall?

    VADER
    An advance expedition is already on its way to their underground hideaway.
    They should reach it by nightfall... but only if this Count Sandage can be
    trusted.
    ______________________________

    66. LIBRARY - PALACE OF LITE - AQUILAE

    The king's old library has been converted into an office for General Vader.
    He is sitting behind his desk as Prince Valorum, the black knight of Sith,
    enters and salutes. The black knight is dressed in the fascist black and
    chrome uniform of the legendary Sith One Hundred. The general returns his
    salute.

    VADER
    Welcome, Prince Valorum. Your exploits are legendary. I have long waited to
    meet a Knight of the Sith.
    If there is any way I can assist you, my entire
    command is at your bidding.

    VALORUM
    I want a tie-in to your computer network, a control center, and communication
    access.

    VADER
    Right away! I'll also transfer all information we have on the general. His
    command post was self-destroyed, but we believe he is still alive.... Do you
    really believe he's a Jedi?
    - The Star Wars: first draft

    As you can see, "Darth Vader" isn't even a Sith. The name simply sounded cool to Lucas. This is also evidence against the myth of the Dutch translation of "Dark Father". It is merely a coincidence, since he isn't even related to Luke in the early stories.
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    "And Lucas took it like that meaning father of luke obviously. he said that like years ago"

    First of all, what's the point in Palpatine giving Anakin a name referring to "father" if Palpatine isn't supposed to know about Anakin's children?
    Obi-wan - To protect you both from the Emperor, you were hidden from your father when you were born. The Emperor knew, as I did, if Anakin were to have any offspring, they would be a threat to him. That is the reason why your sister remains safely anonymous
    Secondly, not only will you not find a Lucas quote stating that fact, but here is an early draft of Star Wars.

    Where does the name VADER comes from??

    "May 1974--After working for more than a year, George completed the first draft screenplay to The Star Wars. The story introduced the Jedi Bendu, who were the chief architects of the invincible Imperial Space Force and personal bodyguards of the Emperor, and pitted them against the evil Knights of the Sith, a sinister warrior sect. The hero Annikin Starkiller, eighteen, his younger brother Deak, and their father Kane - the last of the Jedi Bendu - have been hiding out on the desert planet of Utapau for many years. When Deak is killed by a seven-foot tall black knight, who comes looking for them, Kane decides that it's time to end their exile.

    Meanwhile, on the cloud city of Alderaan, the Emperor Cos Dashit launches a final assault on the last of the independent systems with secret orders to destroy the last of the Jedi on Aquilae. Luke Skywalker , an aging general in his sixties and former Jedi master, tries
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  24. Ghost_Jedi Force Ghost

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    I found an intersting one just now. Before I was reading an article off espn.com and the columnist used the word: Palpable. So naturally I decided to look it up, and here is the meaning from my trusty Random House Webster's College Dictionary:

    readily or plainly seen or precieved; obvious.


    Definitely not what our democracy loving senator
  25. TheFury Jedi Knight

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    SITH= In Scottish and Celtic mythology there 'SIDHE' pronounced 'SITH' and these are 'dark faeries'.

    Also, LUCAS is a Scots Gaelic name. What does it mean in English? LUKE.

    So Lucas literally means Luke. Whether GL knows this or not I don't know but it's a cool coincidence if he didn't.
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