In another question it was established that while the two originate from two different planets (Coruscant and Stewjon respectively), This can be explained away by the fact that, at least in EU canon, humans from Coruscant colonized everywhere with sleeper ships. My question is why, if this naming convention is so wide-spread, then why do the majority of humans have single word names? Is this a cultural thing or just random baby naming?

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    Apart from Ki-Adi MundI? – Valorum Dec 29 '16 at 15:30
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    Apart from Que-Mars Redath-Gom? – Valorum Dec 29 '16 at 15:34
  • Ki-Adi-Mundi isn't human – user205186 Dec 29 '16 at 15:46
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    @NKCampbell That's exactly what he's talking about. He wants to know if Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon came from a culture where hyphenated names were more prevalent. – user40790 Dec 29 '16 at 17:20
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    @Terriblefan - yeah. Midichlorian 1% culture – DVK-on-Ahch-To Dec 29 '16 at 18:38

We don’t know

To the best of my knowledge, no one has mentioned any connection between Obi-Wan’s heritage and Qui-Gon’s. Part of this is because, even in Legends, there’s not much information on Obi-Wan’s childhood on Stewjon.

It’s perhaps worth noting that the source establishing that Qui-Gon was born on Coruscant is new Disney canon (Ultimate Star Wars) and thus in Legends it is possible that Qui-Gon also was born on Stewjon.

We don’t have any particular reason to think that Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon come from a common culture background merely because they have hyphenated first names, though. Consider, for example, Jar-Jar Binks (or for that matter Roo-Roo Page), who has a name that follows the same general design as “Obi-Wan Kenobi” and “Qui-Gon Jinn,” despite being a Gungan from Naboo. Admittedly, these names rely on reduplication, making them a slightly different pattern, but it does raise the point that hyphenated names might simply be a common feature in the galaxy.

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  • I didn't know Jar Jar's name was hyphenated – DCOPTimDowd Dec 29 '16 at 20:33
  • @SonOfSam - Roo-Roo is always hyphenated. Jar-Jar is sometimes hyphenated. – Adamant Dec 29 '16 at 20:34

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