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George Lucas created a lot of names (e.g. Obi-Wan, Lando, Qui-Gon, Yoda). Lucas used Ben and Luke among all sorts of made up, Star Wars galaxy names. (I don't think Leia was at all common as a name before this and I think Han was made up).

In the Star Wars film series, what other non-made-up, very commonly used in English character names are there?

(I am not going to make this statistics based if I can help it, but Luke, Ben and Owen are very popular and clearly used regularly over a good period of time in English-speaking countries. Cody is another good example).

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    Ben(jamin) and Luke are, respectively, Hebrew and Greek names that have been co-opted into common use in England and America. Do you just mean "non-made-up" names? – Valorum Jan 1 '16 at 22:30
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    how common do you want for it to count as common? What about English spellings of foreign names – KutuluMike Jan 1 '16 at 22:43
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    @ThruGog - I personally think you should limit it to the films. If you go with the EU, there are literally tens of thousands of names. – Valorum Jan 1 '16 at 22:56
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    I agree; as it, I think this one is too broad, because people will just keep coming along with more EU stuff with random names. If you restricted it to just what's been shown on-screen, for example, I'd retract my close vote. – KutuluMike Jan 1 '16 at 23:08
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    Leah is a fairly common rendering of a common Hebrew Bible name (one of the wives of Jacob) that is pronounced essentially the same as Leia by many. – ThePopMachine Nov 6 '18 at 19:14
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Based largely on this list of SW characters and taking only those who

Then there there are a considerable number of characters whose names seem to fit the description "common English"

Phantom Menace

Dexter Jettster
Gavyn Sykes
Jocasta Nu
Ric Olié
Ben Quadrinaros

Attack of the Clones

Coleman Trebor

The Clone Wars

Mina

Revenge of the Sith

Coleman Kcaj
Cody
Janus Greejatus

A New Hope

Cornelius Evazan
Wes Janson
Owen Lars
Derek "Hobbie" Klivian
John Branon

Empire Strikes Back

Maximilian Veers

Return of the Jedi

Max Rebo

The Force Awakens

Finn

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Bodhi Rook

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Tobias Beckett

You may also want to note that Ezra Bridger is the star of Star Wars: Rebels.

  • I should get a +1 just for having Uncle Owen in mine... – Praxis Jan 1 '16 at 22:44
  • Oh, you've got him now too. :-) – Praxis Jan 1 '16 at 22:44
  • @Praxis - doesn't Mace Windu beat anyone else :))) Because he's Mace MF Windu!! – DVK-on-Ahch-To Jan 1 '16 at 22:57
  • @DVK : Hehehe, well, when you put it that way... – Praxis Jan 1 '16 at 22:59
  • @DVK - Mace isn't a common name. – Valorum Jan 1 '16 at 23:00
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Yes

  • Uncle Owen

  • Ezra, a character on Star Wars Rebels

  • Cody, a Stormtrooper commander in Revenge of the Sith

  • Finn, a (nick)name given to FN-2187 in The Force Awakens

  • Fox, a Stormtrooper commander in Clone Wars

  • Wes, a rebel pilot in Empire Strikes Back

  • Karina, Queen of Geonosis in Clone Wars

  • Max Rebo, music combo leader in Jabba's palace in Return of the Jedi

All of the above are canon, but I can't help but also mention Kyle Katarn, the protagonist of the Jedi Knight video games!

  • I forgot about Cody! Will he be the only character in Lucas-penned films other than Ben and Luke? – ThruGog Jan 1 '16 at 22:40
  • Finn is his nickname. – Valorum Jan 1 '16 at 22:56
  • @Richard - well, technically, it's his adopted name. So I think that counts. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Jan 1 '16 at 22:58
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    Long live Kyle Katarn! Did anyone else used to spend ages walking around in third person view while crouching in Jedi Knight II? Such an odd visual. – ThruGog Jan 1 '16 at 23:01
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    @ThruGog : Yes! Brings back memories. :-) – Praxis Jan 1 '16 at 23:05
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[DC]=Disney canon. [LC]=Lucas G/T pre-disney. [EU] obvious and default

  • [GC] [Mace]4 Windu. I think I can now safely stop the listing, nobody beats Mace. It's more popular as a surname (#2734 out of 150436, Top 2%) than a given name, but used as first name too.

  • [DC] Norra Wexley from canon Aftermath novel has a typical Muggle name (Norah)

  • Winter (Leia's Alderaanian aide, or D'Artagnian's antagonist Milady Winter?)

  • [GC] General Maximilian Veers

  • [GC] [Bail]2 Antilles and Bail Organa

  • [GC] Jedi Coleman Trebor (AotC) has a first name that's a popular English surname.

  • Bria Tharen (Han's first gf)

  • Ailyn Vel (Boba Fett's daughter) is a changed name from Eileen

  • Tavion is a Scottish name (Tavion Axmis)

  • Jenna Zan Arbor

  • Solo children are named Jacen and Jaina.

  • Stass Allie has a russian male name (Stas) despite being a female Jedi

  • Demetrius Zaarin (clearly a version of Greek Dimitrius)

  • Zorba the Greek Hutt

  • Tahiri Vella's first name is a popular last name

  • Captain Gregar Typho

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    You can have my +1 for using Muggle to sensibly describe what I so struggled to explain! – ThruGog Jan 1 '16 at 22:37
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    I'm happy to see names from other cultures, but I imagine it was a coincidence. @Praxis not sure that Fox exactly counts in my humble opinion! – ThruGog Jan 1 '16 at 22:43
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    @ThruGog - Fox has never featured in the top 1000 baby names in the US – Valorum Jan 1 '16 at 23:09
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    Fox Mulder's name is William :) – DVK-on-Ahch-To Jan 1 '16 at 23:15
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    +1 for Bria Tharen, that was one of my favorite books from the EU. – enderland Jan 2 '16 at 1:31

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