I've seen in a couple of places, most notable here that

The name of the prison planet that Jyn is rescued on is called Wobani, which is an anagram for the name Obi-Wan.

-Slashfilm.com - 46 Rogue One Easter Eggs: How Many of These Did You Catch? Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 by Peter Sciretta

Is this an intentional anagram?

Is there canonical confirmation that this was intended, or just a simple coincidence?

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    There's zero chance it was a coincidence. – Valorum Jan 2 '17 at 23:13
  • I would not say a zero chance, but I would say it is higher than epsilon. – RichS Jan 2 '17 at 23:18
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    I don't necessarily doubt that it is a coincidence, however I'm yet to see the actual proof. – Möoz Jan 2 '17 at 23:23
  • I will be accepting my own self-answer on this one, however, if you feel that you have a better answer, feel free to post it and I will gladly consider changing. – Möoz Jul 12 '17 at 22:57

Pablo Hidalgo sort-of confirmed this.

I recently asked Pablo hidalgo (twice) on twitter about this, and got a response:

I hadn't noticed until someone pointed it out; I don't know. All I see is a brand name of Greek yogurt.
Hidalgo, Twitter, 2017-01-17.

This is only a sort-of confirmation, as it doesn't say whether it was intentional or not, just that Pablo found out the connection after the fact. He also doesn't really seem to think it is a strong connection, given that the name "Wobani" sounds more like a greek yoghurt brand, Chobani

Image capture of twitter conversation between "Mooz" and Pablo Hidalgo, depicting Pablo's lack of knowledge of the name "Wobani" being an intentional anagram of "Obi-Wan".

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    +2 for research effort but -1 for not actually getting an answer. – Valorum Jan 15 '17 at 20:51
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    I'll never look at Chobani the same way again – DCOPTimDowd Sep 20 '17 at 18:56
  • Note: you may not see the tweets anymore because Pablo Hidalgo has done a cleanup of his account. – Möoz Dec 11 '17 at 21:16
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    ooof - if a Pablo Hidalgo answer falls in the forest, is it still canon? – NKCampbell Feb 15 '19 at 21:16

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