I understand that Star Wars, like many outer-space sci-fi's includes a variety of planets and moons to set much of the space action around:

  • Space battle around Endor
  • Space battle arround Yavin and Yavin IV
  • Attack on Coruscant
  • etc

Obviously Star Wars was focused around a number of wars i.e. Trade War, Clone War, Rebellion so why is it that the saga was not named Space Wars (obviously this was trademarked), Planet and Moon Wars, Galactic Wars or something similar? Why would the 'Star' in Star Wars be significant? I do not recall any specific star being a location for any trilogy or prequel setting, instead star systems were more important, specifically planets and their moons. Was it the cash-in effect from 'Star' Trek?

Maybe i'm just missing a reference or quote from some canon or Lucas material which describes the title.

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    Stars are the fundamental (visible) structural components of galaxies. Hence "Star Wars" -> wars among the stars -> wars in space. I really don't think there's anything more to it. Jan 16, 2014 at 5:33
  • Star rhymes with war?
    – Dunebro
    Jan 16, 2014 at 9:40
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    And — most importantly — it sounds cooler. Is Harrison Ford called an actor in films or a professional pretending person? Nope. He’s called a movie star. Was the third Bond movie called Criminal Precious Metal Magnate? Nope. It was called Goldfinger. That’s showbiz, honey. Jan 16, 2014 at 11:14
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    @Dunebro Depends on your accent. They don't rhyme when I say them.
    – Izkata
    Jan 16, 2014 at 11:39
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    @Mothermole1 - probably people considered it "too trivial". +1 since I think it's a perfectly valid question, to offset the DVs Jan 18, 2014 at 14:22

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"Star" was used in the colloquial meaning of "inter*stellar*", as in "in space". See also "Starship" (it's not ship to go to a specific star) for similar usage.

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