Is there any significance to the name Skywalker? Is there any evidence from George Lucas or any other important Star Wars creators about the choice of the name Skywalker for Luke and his father Anakin? I'm looking for quotes and evidence, though thoughtful speculation based on facts or events in the film is also encouraged.
According to The New York Times:
Skywalker is an appellation for Loki, the Norse god of fire and mischief
It should also be noted that Luke's last name was "Starkiller" until fairly late into production. (It was changed due to conceivable connotations to the Manson murder case.) This means that Luke was already written as a great pilot when he was give the name "Skywalker," making that a probable cause.
In Thrawn: Alliances, Thrawn gives a meaning to the name 'Skywalker' as it relates to the Chiss and their Force-sensitive children:
I told you the Chiss call this talent Third Sight. What I hadn’t yet spoken of is the title these navigators are given once they take their posts.
The Chenuh word is ozyly-ese-hembo. In Basic, it translates to sky-walker