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  1. #11
    Isn't this case of what works for you and the story. You don't want a name that doesn't make sense in context from where they come from but unless want put deeper meaning into to dose it matters? As long you feel happy with the label then don't think it matters. As rose would still be as sweet by any other name. This is going be topic for today's blog post as it happens.
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  2. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin View Post
    I'm sure Darth Vader was completely random.
    Darth Vadar means "dark father".

    https://scifi.stackexchange.com/ques...th-vaders-name

  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by Jack of all trades View Post
    That's just speculation on another forum. George Lucas has never said where the name came from. Vader is spelled the same as the Dutch word for father, but it's not pronounced the same. In Dutch the 'a' is short, not a long 'a'.
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    I dunno, Dark Death Invader always made the most sense to me. *shrug*


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  5. #15
    My alt-reality novel was a world where the Persians were the dominant Bronze-era power. Instead of a world where Latin-based language and law was the standard, culture and science were pre-Islam based.
    There were four main characters. The pilot and co-pilot were Persian, orthodox Zoroastrians (Kambiz and Shaheen). The science officer was a woman of Indian decent (Rasa), and the engineer was from Palestine, a "Judean" from Haifa (Bentham).
    It was fun playing off the cultural differences, but it took a lot of research. It ends up being a lot more than names.

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  6. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by Terry D View Post
    That's just speculation on another forum. George Lucas has never said where the name came from. Vader is spelled the same as the Dutch word for father, but it's not pronounced the same. In Dutch the 'a' is short, not a long 'a'.
    If you scroll down a little in that link, there's a quote, supposedly from a Rolling Stone interview, where Lucas said it was Dark Father.

    I don't have old Rolling Stone magazines to confirm the quote. Maybe someoe else does.

  7. #17
    From Rolling Stone Magazine, June 2, 2005 Interview with George Lucas:

    How did you get the name Darth Vader?

    “Darth” is a variation of dark. And “Vader” is a variation of father. So it’s basically Dark Father. All the names have history, but sometimes I make mistakes – Luke was originally going to be called Luke Starkiller, but then I realized that wan’t appropriate for the character. It was appropriate for Anakin, but not his son. I said, “Wait, we can’t weigh this down too much – he’s the one that redeems him.”

    https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/...-vader-247142/
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  8. #18
    When I pick names I try to have some latitude between them.
    I avoid names that are similar
    I avoid too many bland names
    I try to use names that stick out in the reader's mind, that make them easy to keep track of.
    Nicknames are a thing, too. Real people pick up nicknames. Nicknames are easy for a reader to keep track of. Nicknames speak to the nature of the character.

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