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.

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    There's no confirmation that Rey is Luke's daughter. Please don't add tags based on speculative links to your question.
    – Null
    Commented Mar 7, 2016 at 15:46
  • An important thing to add - Lucas has a book of names he's thought up, and when he's creating a new character he just grabs one of the names from that book. Names like Mace Windu and Valorum appear in the earliest drafts of the first Star Wars film from the mid-seventies. This implies that there is generally no more significance to the names then "this sounds cool" - main characters being a possible exception
    – user45623
    Commented Mar 11, 2016 at 3:07

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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.

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    Yeah, "Starkiller" would've been - unfortunate: "What's your name?" "Luke Starkiller". "Are you a supervillain?" "No, just a moisture farmer." "Oh, so your parents then?" "Not that I'm aware of. I never met them. Somebody told me a bad guy killed my dad." Commented Mar 7, 2016 at 20:44
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    I'm not sure the New York Times did enough fact-checking here. scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/75580/…
    – chepner
    Commented Mar 7, 2016 at 20:46
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    @TylerH The OP asked for out-of-universe reasons for the name Skywalker. Since Luke was written as a great pilot, Lucas' name choice makes sense.
    – Rogue Jedi
    Commented Mar 7, 2016 at 21:57
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    @TylerH Since Luke's last name was developed after filming had started, him being a great pilot was first.
    – Rogue Jedi
    Commented Mar 7, 2016 at 22:02
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    Even if the main character's name changed from "Starkiller" to "Skywalker" because of the Manson killings, Lucas had already used the name "Skywalker" earlier for another character--the book The Making of Star Wars features an extended synopsis of the initial "nearly two-hundred page rough draft" which Lucas finished in May 1974, and it features an 18-year-old-boy named Annikin Starkiller and a general in his 60s named Luke Skywalker, who eventually takes on Annikin as a "Padawan Learner".
    – Hypnosifl
    Commented Mar 8, 2016 at 2:13

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

pg 274

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