In Solo: A Star Wars Story fans are introduced to a new character named Enfys Nest, a leader of a rebelling pirate group called, the Cloud Riders.
Later in the film it is revealed that Enfys
is a female character!
I have read that the character's aesthetic was a combination of Native American and Samurai, but I was curious about the name, as it sounds/spelled a lot like "Empty Nest", which is term often used referring to when children leave their parents (such as going off to college)...
Anyways, I was wondering if the character's name Enfys Nest is an intentional pun on "empty nest" or is it at all referring to something else?
To better explain:
My interest is in a thematic reference to 'Solo' and/or the Star Wars franchise as a whole.
Authors like to use themes to create a sense of unity or cohesiveness within their work. Some extend themes to the names of characters, often beyond the similarities that would be expected for characters from the same culture or who all speak the same language. When the author does this, you have Theme Naming. For instance, all the female characters will have names of flowers or plants (occasionally the male characters will get Gender Blender Names); all the names start with the same letter or syllable, groups of characters are named after groups of gods, demigods, or mythical heroes. As the list of subtropes demonstrates, there are a lot of possible themes (and that's not all of them, either).
Sometimes characters are named in ways that either play into larger themes of a work and/or may give a tell about either the character themselves or the situations they and/or others are in or will become in...
For instance, Darth Vader's name is a tell and a theme, as there is a reveal that he is Luke's and Leia's biological father. Vader is German for "Father", but the word doesn't mean much until one gets to the end of Episode V, but the theme of parentage and/or different kinds of child and parent relationships, blood relative or figurative have become apart of many parts of Star Wars since this first reveal.
So back to the name Enfys Nest and the phrase Empty Nest. I'm not in anyway suggesting the character is a biological parent, given the characters young age.
What I am wondering about is the concept of empty nest more generally leans towards reminding viewers of "child and parent relationships" in Star Wars.
As mentioned, the character leads a band of pirates called Cloud-Riders. Cloud-Riders is evocative of the name Skywalker. The Skywalkers in the Saga films are characters that tend to leave home and/or their parental figures behind, which is not unlike what Han and Qi'ra try to do at the beginning of Solo.
That's not to say that one may not be able to apply empty nest to Enfys Nest, given that this character might come off as a figurative parental figure, being a strong leader of this gang, and later, a reveal that this gang of pirates are not what they seem, as they are
freedom fighters, who are fighting against the Empire, because of the Crime Lords persecution of inhabitants and planets with resources, loosing family. ie: empty nests = loss or change of family and the purpose of using this as a more direct theme in Solo is about: the family you choose.
However, the possibly of applying the phrase to Enfys name may not have come to fruition yet, given that this was *suppose to be a trilogy and now it's unclear if there will future Solo films going forward. Many people speculate that she could be another known character's daughter, leading to an irony with the "empty" part, just as "Vader" is ironic in the sense that he wasn't figuratively a [good] father. To further this parallel or juxtaposition, the character mentions a great deal about their mother, but not their father...