What’s in a name? Power, identity and legend

Names in Star Wars range from the ridiculous to the sublime, combining marketing fun and in-jokes — Elan Sleazebaggano, I’m looking at you — with the pantomime stylings of Sidious, Grievous and Tyrannous. From a linguistic perspective, many names across the saga offer subtle clues and insights into character. Palpatine, for example, is likely derived from the word ‘palatine’ meaning a high-ranking court official…