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It’s always fun to speculate how characters obtain their names in Star Wars lore. Two new names were introduced to us with and, unsurprisingly, both Rey and Kylo became a hot commodity for baby names last year. Though we still do not know who Rey is, where she came from, or she was named what she was, at least we definitely have an answer to this theory:

And that answer is "lol nope."

But another thing we now know about Jyn that we don't know about Rey is how she got her name. Turns out it came from a more meaningful place than we realized.

John Knoll, the visual effects supervisor for Industrial Light & Magic, was the first to pitch the idea to have a film to Lucasfilm’s CEO Kathleen Kennedy. Like we got with The Force Awakens, Knoll wanted another great female character to continue the tradition of standout, resourceful ladies in the Star Wars universe:

“I wanted a really strong, smart, and active female character as the lead of this movie. I have three daughters, and they were all growing up, and they were all young when I was working on the prequels. I felt like Star Wars could really use another good strong smart and decisive female character.”

Rey in 'The Force Awakens' [Credit: Walt Disney Pictures]
Rey in 'The Force Awakens' [Credit: Walt Disney Pictures]

As for where the unique name of came from, you have do to a little bit of verbal wordplay, as Knoll explained:

“My youngest daughter is Jane, and my wife is Jen, so [Jyn] is sort of mashup of them. And growing up my aunt was Aunt Ginny, [short] for Virginia, so there’s a little bit of that, too. It’s a mix up of a lot of my favorite women in my life.”

Why This News Will Excite Fans

Jyn and Cassian - 'Rogue One' [Credit: Walt Disney Pictures]
Jyn and Cassian - 'Rogue One' [Credit: Walt Disney Pictures]

So there you have it folks! Knoll took the first names of his family members and combined them together to make the standout name of Jyn. It’s the little bits of trivia like this that can matter most to fans - it may just be a future pub quiz-winning trivia question waiting to happen.

Deciphering how one came up with character names is what die-hard fans love. I myself enjoy spotting all the Easter Eggs found in the films and how they are able to connect the universes together. And even when you think you've found them all or know all the trivia, there are still plenty of Easter Eggs that may show up in a future Star Wars movie.

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Knowing that Knoll used his family as the collective namesake of this iconic character speaks volumes about how much his family means to him. It’s a small but subtle way of bringing them into the Star Wars universe. Now, if we could only finally figure out who Rey is related to and where her name comes from!

[Source: Yahoo! Movies]


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