Been thinking about Star Wars character names, ever since we had that thread about stormtroopers and someone told me there's a stormtrooper named Davin Felth. That name sucks.
So I started thinking about the names people have in the movies.
I'm only counting human characters who's names are used in the movie.
- Luke Skywalker... odd last name but it is English.
- Owen Lars... Lars is a first name, used as a surname.
- Beru Lars... It's a wierd name, but it's short.
- Obi-Wan Kenobi aka Ben... A bit wierd, but very reminiscent of Japanese names. Can't get more normal than Ben.
- Han Solo... Han isn't far from Hans, a real name, and Solo isn't usually a name but a recognizable word.
- Leia... not far removed from normal names like Lee or Leigh.
- Tarkin... not a normal last name, but wouldn't be wierd if you met Greg Tarkin at work.
- Darth Vader... wierdest name in the first movie.
Empire Strikes Back
- Piett, Veers, Motti, Ozzel... last names. Wouldn't stand out in the real world.
- Lando Calrissian... This name is surely not from this world, and sounds 'exotic' even compared to other names from the movie.
Return of the Jedi
- Mon Mothma... arguably the goofiest name in the OT.
- Anakin... Not a real name, but resembles "Ken" or "Nick" grounding it somehwat.
Qui-Gon Jinn- A fantasy name, but like Obi-Wan, tries to sound kinda Asiany.
Ric Ollie... Spelling aside, a normal name ("Whooooo!")
Padme Amidala... totally wierd.
Mace Windu... first name resmebles "Mason" but Windu is just weird.
Palpatine... grounded somewhat in reality with its assocsiations with the Palatine hill in Rome. Still all sci-fi-y
- Dooku... no comment
- Jango Fett... just plain strange.
- Were there any new human characters?
My conclusion is that the names USED in the movies (Sio Bibble isn't named in dialogue) aren't anywhere near as weird as the names given to characters in the EU. In fact, most bare at least a passing resemblance to normal Earth names.
My final analysis is that EU names kinda suck. Then end. Thank you for your time.