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I don't know the exact significance of the word "Darth" in the Sith world, but I think it was a word of honor for powerful Sith. That's why Anakin was given this word in his new name.

All powerful Sith in canon had this word in their names: Darth Plagueis, Darth Bane, Darth Sidious, Darth Vader, Darth Maul, etc.. As such name similarity can't be names given by their parents, I can assume they were given such words in names as a honor.

Now, look at Count Dooku.. he was a powerful Sith too. So, why wasn't he given this word of honor?

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I'm sorry, I'm voting to close as general reference. google.com/… –  DVK Jan 29 '12 at 3:00
meta discussion: Is this General Reference? –  Gilles Jan 29 '12 at 10:26
This question appears to be off-topic because it shows no independent research. The top 10 searches on google (for Count Dooku Darth) give the answer 9 times. –  Richard May 15 '14 at 22:58
@Richard - General Reference was burninated. It's no longer offtopic. –  DVK May 15 '14 at 23:07
@SSumner - He calls him Darth Tyranus IN THE MOVIE. –  Richard May 15 '14 at 23:47

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He was; he was known as Darth Tyranus. This name is used in the movies a few times, but he usually goes by Dooku and disguises his Sith identity.

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In exactly the same way, it could be noted, as Darth Sidious publicly went by the names of Senator Palpatine, then Chancellor Palpatine and finally Emperor Palpatine. –  eidylon Jan 28 '12 at 5:39
Kind of ruins the plausible deniability for you if your henchman standing next to you is called "Darth Vader". –  Oldcat Nov 20 '14 at 19:13
If I remember correctly then even Lea titled him as Lord Vader and not Darth, it wasn't until Obi Wan later used Darth as his title. This gives precedence that Palpatine didn't announce him publicly as Darth Vader. –  TheAI Jan 21 at 9:27
I voted for "Darth Dooki". –  Omegacron Mar 9 at 20:15
@TheAI actually, Obi-Wan calling him "Darth" in Episode IV was a bit of a goof. At that time, the character's actual first name was "Darth" and Obi-Wan calling him that was intended to reflect that they had previously been on a first-name basis. That is, in fact, the only time ANYWHERE that he is referred to as simply "Darth". Anywhere else, it's "Vader", "Lord Vader", or "Darth Vader". Neat bit of trivia there, though. –  Omegacron Apr 2 at 19:31

At the end of Attack of the Clones Dooku meets up with Sidious. Sidious says to him: "Welcome home, Lord Tyranus. You have done well."

He is Darth Tyranus and Darth Sidious gave him the name. There is no question of this.

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He may have been given the title by Sidious, but that is never clarified in the movies. He is referred to by the cloners as Tyranus in Attack of the Clones. This is his Sith name, but it remains to be seen if it was bestowed upon him by Darth Sidious or if he gave it to himself.

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Dooku was bestowed the title of Darth Tyranus by, then Sith Lord Darth Sidious, shortly after the presumed death of his apprentice, Darth Maul at the hands of Jedi master Qui-gon Jin. Afterwhich he reclaimed his family title of 'Count' for use in his public persona as head of the separatist senate

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Sources? ................... –  DVK May 15 '14 at 23:21

From the official script for Attack of the Clones:

JANGO I was recruited by a man called Darth Tyranus on one of the moons of Bogden.


OBI-WAN One more thing. Jango mentioned he was recruited by someone named Darth Tyranus. Any idea who that might be?

YODA With the forename Darth, a Sith he must be.


COUNT DOOKU The Force is with us, my Master.

DARTH SIDIOUS Welcome home, Lord Tyranus. You have done well.


From the official script for Revenge of the Sith:

DARTH SlDIOUS: His death was a necessary loss, which will ensure our victory. Soon I will have a new apprentice . . . one far younger and more powerful than Lord Tyranus


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He was, his sith name is darth tyranus but because he wanted the jedi to believe he had just left the jedi he went under the name of count doku. When darth sisdious was clouding the light side of the force he was able to stop them seeing count doku was his second apprentice (after darth maul) and he was able to take control of the senate and posed as senator palpetine.

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How does this add anything that's not already covered in the other answers? –  user8719 Jul 26 '14 at 21:28

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