If you’re a fan of Star Wars, there’s little doubt as to why you’d choose Return of the Jedi as a source for your dog-naming, as it was one of the original trilogy and although not as popular as The Empire Strikes Back, still remains firmly entrenched in its cult-classic status of all-time films. There is nearly a limitless amount of great characters and locations to choose from, each with their own unique attributes to play off of. So whether you choose to go with something obvious or a deep-cut-type name that only diehard fans will know and love, rest assured giving your dog a Return of the Jedi inspired name will be a fast track to making them as much a classic in your own home as the film is to so many fans.
Return of the Jedi Dog Names in Pop Culture
Of nearly all cult classic films, few hold the type of intense following as the Star Wars trilogy and for good reason. George Lucas, the mastermind behind it all, created a wholly immersive universe full of bizarre and interesting species, characters, planets, environments and conditions in which to let his narrative thrive and it did exactly that, first in a trilogy of films that has now been extrapolated into an epic (soon to be) nine-film span.
While some of the species and characters are almost impossible to identify in terms of their creative origins, others are a bit more obvious. For instance, the Ewoks, named after the Miwok tribe that is indigenous to the Redwood forests of Northern California, have a surprisingly familiar look to many — they were originally modeled after the Griffon Bruxellois, better known in America as the Brussels Griffon. Lucas was known to have several “packs” of them over the years, owning several at once that co-inhabited his ranch. Joe Johnson, the visual effects director of the film developed the designs for the Ewoks while make-up artist Stuart Freeborn brought the looks to fruition, all based on photos of Lucas’ Griffons.
While the Ewoks may be one of the most lovable species of the original trilogy, few stand in comparison to Wookiees, the tall, hairy humanoid creatures brought to popularity by the Chewbacca, Han Solo’s sentient sidekick. Like the Ewoks, Lucas was inspired by someone close to his own heart, his dog Indiana, a giant Alaskan Malamute he had while originally writing the script in the 1970s — having Indiana sit in the passenger seat of his car is said to be what inspired Lucas to create a “hairy co-pilot” for Solo in the first place. Like the relationship between Lucas and his dog, he wanted a similar relationship to exist between Han Solo and “Chewy”, a tight bond cemented by Chewbacca’s loyalty and heart of gold, yet he also wanted Wookiees to think on a higher plane than the average intelligence level of dogs, and operate with greater physical ability.
In the end, Lucas created two endlessly memorable species while paying homage to the great dogs of his past, ones that will be forever memorialized on-screen, and in the hearts and homes of those who hold the film closest, like many already do with their own hairy species. And, of course, it doesn’t hurt that he’s also spawned an endless supply of adorable and hilarious Halloween costumes for dogs and people all over the world.
Final fun fact: Indiana was also Lucas’ inspiration for the name of his protagonist in another series of adventure tales: Indiana Jones.
Return of the Jedi Dog Name Considerations
Given the vast array of extraordinary species, characters, ships, planets, vehicles, objects and everything else under the sun (or suns in this case), there is certainly plenty to choose from when trying to find a good name. If you’re looking for a good match, start by considering your dog’s appearance, and maybe even more importantly, personality, as these will be the perfect building blocks for finding an appropriate name.
For instance, in terms of appearance, if your dog is large-lipped, such as a Bulldog, consider the names Sullustan or Nunb, or if they’re a bit more wide-eyed, then Calamari and Ackbar work as well. If they’re short and fluffy like a Shih Tzu, Pekingese, Affenpinscher, or Brussels Griffon (the breed the Ewoks were based off of), the names Ewok, Wicket, Teebo, Logray and Chirpa would be perfect, especially if their personalities also reflect one or more of those characters individually.
Of course, personality and quirks work just as well. If they’re small and jabbery, consider the name Jawa. If they’re tall and hairy like an Afghan Hound, maybe Wookiee or Chewbacca would be more appropriate, especially if they ever gargle their growls or barks.
Regardless of which direction you choose to go, don’t forget to re-watch the film and take some mental notes about what stands out most about your dog. Chances are they’ll have at least one or two elements that stand above the rest that will get you working lightspeed pace on a path to finding the right name.