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As long as I remember the name is Henry Walton Jones Jr, but I have never read why the Indiana nickname. Is there any background info of this?

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    IIRC the third movie mentions that Indiana was the name of the family dog. Let's see if somebody locates the source for that. – Eike Pierstorff Mar 15 '18 at 19:54
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    It would be interesting as well! – riccs_0x Mar 15 '18 at 20:27
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    Real-world answer - Indiana was George Lucas' dog. starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Indiana – VBartilucci Mar 15 '18 at 20:32
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    Glib answer: because "Indiana" sells more movie tickets and merchandise than "Henry". – Joel Coehoorn Mar 16 '18 at 19:28
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    I always thought it was a result of the complicated relationship with his distant father. He didn't want to constantly be under his fathers shadow by sharing the name "Henry" with the diminisher "Junior". So he chose to go by something, anything, else. Hence "Indiana" because of his beloved former dog. – Matt Burland Mar 16 '18 at 20:46
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This final clip from The Last Crusade says it all.

I got a lot of fond memories of that dog.

Conjecture

At the beginning of the movie we see Indiana Jones as a teenager, and his fellow scout calls him 'Indiana.' So perhaps as an assumed only child with a strict father his best friend was his dog Indiana, and when it passed away, he decided the best way to remember it was to take the name for himself.

Fact

Indiana Jones likes dates.

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    Or maybe he liked the way his father treated Indiana (the dog) better than the way he treated him as Junior, so he wanted to be treated as Indiana. – Bergi Mar 15 '18 at 22:44
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    @Bergi well, he does go fetch a lot (of artifacts) ^^ (which probably doubles as a subconscious way to also be better loved by his "obsessed with ancient history and artifacts" father....) – Olivier Dulac Mar 16 '18 at 6:39
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    Does it answer the question, why is he using this nickname? I got fond memories of my pets and I don't use their names. In addition, as a teenager in the beginning of the Last Crusade, he's already called Indiana by his friend, and the dog is still alive. – Neow Mar 16 '18 at 8:15
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    @Neow That must have been a confusing household, where the kid and the dog are called the same. Yeah, maybe the dad never called Junior by his 'self-chosen' pet name (pun intended), but what about his friends? If Junior brought the dog along when hanging out, and someone yelled "Indiana!", both would respond. That image is somehow funny, now that I think about it. – xDaizu Mar 16 '18 at 8:29
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    @OlivierDulac dogs fetch stuff too :p – Jungkook Mar 16 '18 at 15:32
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Maybe the Jones family wasn't actually from Utah; perhaps they moved around as Henry Sr. took one professorship after another. It's plausible that they moved there from Indiana, and Jr. was assigned the nickname as a matter of group convenience.

"Henry?! Naw, we already got Big Henry and Little Hank in the club. Where'd'ja come from?"

"Indiana?"

"Ok, Indiana, let me show you around the neigborhood."

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    Can someone tell me , from where this conversation took on? – Vishwa Jul 18 '18 at 4:05

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