Padme was the name of darth vader's wife and princess leia and luke skywalker's mom. But it doesn't sound like a pretty name. The syllables are too, weird, not smooth sounding. Pad-may. Amidala, one of her titles, is a very nice sounding name. Why didn't lucas use that name in the prequels? It would work too, father and mother both have names that start with an A, anakin and amidala, and son and daughter both have names that start with L, luke and leia. For my prequel fanfic, which I didn't write yet, I'm just planning out my ideas, should I change Padme's name to Amidala? Amidala isn't just her title in this idea, it's her name! First name. Should I do that? Is it a good idea? Or who liked the name Padme? I don't want to make up a generic name for luke and leia's mom. I want to use the names Lucas already gave us. But should I change her first name from Padme to Amidala?