In The Mandalorian season 2, Ahsoka Tano connected with Baby Yoda/The Child and revealed to all his actual name- Grogu. When the name was revealed, the internet went berserk. Some were happy to know his real name while others still preferred to call him baby Yoda.
But there were also some who obsessed over the name and started theorizing over its implications. But we don’t think his name signifies anything. We actually have reasons to believe this because:
Star Wars Names Never Had Any Deeper Meaning
In Star Wars, names don’t really have any hidden connections. It’s all like a sledgehammer. For example, the droopy-like character in Return of the Jedi who was playing music was called Droopy McCool.
Another example comes from Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones where a sleazebag character is named Elan Sleazebaggano. Know that this kind of naming is not reserved for just some unnamed characters. We know that Han Solo got his name because he was known for being alone or ‘solo’.
This extends to the Sequel Trilogy as well. Fans will remember that before Rey’s lineage got revealed in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, there was a tonne of speculation in regards to her name. This was because ‘Rey’ denotes ‘King’ in Spanish.
So many speculated that she was going to be related/connected to Emperor Palpatine. Along with this, some said that she was a Kenobi or Han Solo’s daughter. While it was revealed at the end that Rey was a Palpatine, but it wasn’t because the makers had planned for that to happen from the start.
Daisy Ridley said in an interview that Rey’s parentage was getting constantly changed when production was ongoing. So Rey’s connection to Emperor Palpatine wasn’t set in stone from the beginning. However, there was one instance where the makers did try to add a secret meaning to a name.
The character was Darth Vader and it was always in George Lucas’s plans to make him Luke Skywalker’s father all along. Now, there’s a rumour that Darth Vader actually means ‘Dark Father’ in German/Dutch. However, those rumours don’t hold up. This is because the translations don’t seem to work unless and until the name was “Donker Vader” in Dutch or “Dunkel Vater” in German.
However, we can understand that they probably couldn’t go with these two Dutch and German names for a character that will be appearing in a Hollywood movie. So they went with the next possible English translation- Darth Vader.
Is Grogu A Special Name?
First of all, the showrunner of The Mandalorian himself- Jon Favreau said that he knew what The Child’s name actually was from pretty much the beginning. Actually, he even put it in the scripts. But that didn’t deter fans from calling him Baby Yoda.
The name proved to be so popular that even the cast and crew were calling him by that name. Jon Favreau wasn’t exempt from this even. He admits to calling The Child Baby Yoda instead of Grogu as well. But he did say that hearing his actual name makes Grogu perk up a lot.
So, does Grogu’s name hold any real meaning when even his creator doesn’t call him by that name? It’s actually possible. But we don’t think that it will be very meaningful.