Thursday, November 10, 2005

Setting the record straight

I don't think I ever got around to officially answering this question on my blog, though I have certainly answered it more than plenty in real life. It happened again yesterday (I'll recap yesterday's adventure later), and I am finally going to set the record straight. Ready?

He is NOT named after Luke Skywalker!

Quite frankly, I don't think that ever even dawned on us before selecting the name. I do think part of it was the Biblical aspect. We do live in the south, after all, and the version of the Christmas story in the book of Luke is my favorite. It was just the only name on the "short list" that both of us really liked. Being the uber-Star Wars geeks that we are, though, you'd think the possibility of people assuming that would have at least *occurred* to us, but no. We kept the name we had chosen a secret until he was born, but as you may or may not recall, the original Star Wars trilogy was released on DVD in September of that year, about three weeks before he was born. We came home, we popped it in the DVD player, and it wasn't until we heard his aunt calling Luke's name that reality set in. We just looked at each other and groaned. But, we already had our hearts set on that name, so there wasn't much to do about it. I'm sure that's also why it was so freshly in everyone's mind after we finally told everyone the name. A couple of years ago, I don't think it would have necessarily been the first conclusion people jumped to. It's not like there aren't other well known Luke's around. We even had a kid that spring ask us if his middle name is Skywalker (obviously, it's not).

So far, we've had three "outbreaks" of people asking us that. The first was right after he was born, the second was this past summer, and the third round started this week. And there are three direct and related causes: the release of the original trilogy on DVD, the release of Revenge of the Sith in theaters in May, and the release of the RotS DVD last week. Hopefully it will die down again, and I really hope it isn't eventually a problem for him in school. Then again, if he turns out to be as huge of a Star Wars fan as either of us, maybe he'll consider it a compliment. One can hope.

We might get to have a little fun with it at some point in the future, though. Should we decide to have another child, when people start badgering us for a name, we will definitely say either Leia or Han. ::evil grin::
Currently feeling: force-ful


  1. I understand.

    People kept asking us if Marcus had been named for Marcus Cole in Babylon 5.

    Our answer was the same. Never even occured to us.

    It was my suggestion, after reflecting that Mark didn't work for me, my brain slid along to Marcus. If there was any particular inspiration, it was Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, who I actually know very little about, but a character in a book I liked greatly admired him.

    So I promise, I'll never ask you about Luke.

  2. I hear ya! My Luke was named from the Bible (Luke Elijah; we've got both testaments covered ;) ). My DH will occasionally joke around and do the whole "Luke I am your father" thing, but ours wasn't named after Star Wars either. We get asked, though, so I sure do know where you're coming from.

  3. It never even occured to me to ask or wonder if Luke was named after anyone. Guess I'm really behind :)

  4. Oh, well you all know that my child got her name because I'm a huge "Little Mermaid" fan. Yesiree - I love the movie so I named her after the villian. We keep waiting for her to turn purple and grown some extra appendages, but so far, nothing. Darn.

    (seriously, I never thought of Luke Skywalker - it's just a very nice name. Now, Jean-Luc may have made me wonder...)

  5. My little brother is named Luke, and I think it's a nice name. No, he's not named after Skywalker either. (Although he's the right age for it...)

    The 1-yr pictures are really cute!



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