Full disclosure: I have only seen the movies, and certainly the prequels only once; this is for a project.

Is there a naming convention for any of the Star Wars characters? Names like Luke & Leia are pretty white bread, while Obi-Wan Kenobi, etc. I understand that this is a very large galaxy, so a lot will not be explained, but are there any references in or out of the movies for characters' names? Even if there are any in 'the real world,' from the creators.

  • I won't bother answerig, but Luceno's interviews touched on this and he seemed to indicate that - aside from special names insisted on by LSG like "Sheev", he could make up names any way he wanted. Jan 18, 2016 at 21:07
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    Darth <something a bit evil>
    – Peter
    Jan 18, 2016 at 22:13
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    Vader and Sidious are both words if you add "in-" to the beginning. "Invader". "Insidious".
    – Wad Cheber
    Jan 18, 2016 at 22:44
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    @WadCheber Darth Continent, Darth Tractable, and Darth Destructible didn't make the cut.
    – user867
    Jan 19, 2016 at 0:16
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    @wadcheber Darth Conceivable was dropped after the threat of legal action from the makers of The Princess Bride
    – Peter
    Jan 19, 2016 at 7:25

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Here's what George Lucas said about Star Wars names.

"Basically, I developed the names for the characters phonetically,'' Mr. Lucas said. ''I obviously wanted to telegraph a bit of the character in the name. The names needed to sound unusual but not spacey. I wanted to stay away from the kind of science fiction names like Zenon and Zorba. They had to sound indigenous and have consistency between their names and their culture."

This article also talks about where some specific character names came from.

"I have a little book and I just write names all day long,” he explained. “You just riff on that idea and you end up with a bunch of names. I have hundreds and hundreds, even thousands of names."


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