I’m sure you knew that Star Wars gave a boost to the baby names Luke and Leia. But did you know that it also influenced a handful of parents to name their babies Darth?
Yup, Darth. As in Darth Vader. As in the Jedi-gone-bad who was the main antagonist of the original Star Wars trilogy.
The first Star Wars film was released in 1977, and that’s the year we start seeing baby Darths pop up:
- 1980: unlisted
- 1979: 7 baby boys named Darth
- 1978: 13 baby boys named Darth
- 1977: 9 baby boys named Darth [debut]
- 1976: unlisted
But the Force wasn’t strong with this one. The name Darth didn’t stay on the SSA’s baby name the list long enough to see the release of the second film, The Empire Strikes Back, in 1980.
So where does the word Darth come from? It’s a title used by a number Sith Lords in the fictional Star Wars universe. Whoever wrote the Darth Vader’s Wiktionary page is guessing that Darth is a blend of “dark” and either “Sith” or “death,” but only George Lucas knows for sure how the word was concocted.
P.S. Did you know that vader means “father” in various Germanic languages?