8 Hidden Meanings of Famous Characters Names

Just in case you were wondering, Darth Vader and Frodo Baggins weren’t named that way just because Tolkien and Lucas thought those were cool sounding names. They actually have some sort of meaning and reasoning behind them.

Darth Vader – Star Wars

Darth Vader

Darth is a variant of the word ‘Dark,’ while Vader means father in Dutch.

Frodo Baggins – Lord of the Rings

Frodo Baggins

Derived from the old English word frod which translated into ‘wise by experience’.

Uhura – Star Trek: The Original Series


Her full name is Nyota Uhura. When it’s translated from Swahili, it reads as ‘Star Freedom.’

Bran Stark – Game of Thrones

Bran Stark

An Irish name that means Raven. In the books it’s a Three-Eyed crow that sends Bran on his way up North.

Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games

Katniss Everdeen

Katniss is a plant from the genus Sagittaria, which in Latin means ‘Archer’.

Remus Lupin – Harry Potter

Remus Lupin

Remus is one of the two mythical Roman twins raised by Wolves. Lupin is derived from the Latin word Lupinus, which means Wolfish.

Prince Zuko – Avatar: The Last Airbender

Prince Zuko

When written in Chinese characters, his name can also be read as ‘reclaimed honor.’

Malcolm Reynolds – Firefly

Malcolm Reynolds

Named after Civil war general John Reynolds (Union).

Via: TV Tropes

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