No, but he did undergo a couple of name changes. One of which gave him a first name: Minch Yoda.
Minch Yoda was used for a few years in early scripts, and as a result, many fans believe this was an earlier version of Yoda. However, there is a comic with a Minch Yoda in it.
Disney has placed it in legends but hasn’t said if this is the Yoda we know, but the comic does take place on Dagobah.
The other name should be familiar to vampire slayers, Buffy. It makes you wonder what the vampire slayer would have been called if this had happened.
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Does Yoda Have A Last Name?
Unless Yoda is his last name, he doesn’t have one. George Lucas has based much of Star Wars on Asian culture. There’s a theory that Yoda’s full name is Yoda Yoda, with Yaddle’s last name being Yoda as well.
But I don’t believe that’s the case. We don’t know much about Yoda or his species.
But we do know that one of them did have a last name, Vandar Tokare. He served on the Jedi High Council on Dantooine during the Mandalorian and Jedi Civil Wars.
Vandar Tokare and Oteg are the only members of Yoda’s species who speak Galactic Basic (English) correctly, instead of the backward way that Yoda, Yaddle, and Minch speak.
Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, Grogu cannot talk.
But once he does, this will help prove a theory. Were Vandar Tokare and Oteg found early in their lives? Around Grogu’s age?
Is this why they speak normally? Or was this because the writers didn’t want to restructure the dialogue to the way Yoda speaks? Or is there another reason that they talk the way they do?
What Is Yoda’s Last Name?
Not every character in Star Wars has a last name, but Yoda almost had one.
When George Lucas began work on The Empire Strikes Back in 1977, he hired Leigh Brackett and other unsung heroes as screenwriters. In Leigh’s first draft, she changed our favorite green alien’s name from Buffy to Minch Yoda.
In later drafts, she shortened it to Yoda. Then, sadly, Leigh Brackett passed away in 1978, which forced George Lucas to take control of the scripts right before production started.
He liked the name Yoda and agreed that Luke would train under him. He came up with two ways this would happen before settling on what we see in the film.
Both ways involved Obi-Wan Kenobi. The first used something similar to a hologram, stashed by Obi-Wan in the hilt of Luke’s lightsaber.
The second was a medallion or talisman that Obi-Wan would have given to Luke Skywalker.
But the one thing all three methods had in common was that Luke and R2-D2 would crash land on Dagobah.
What Does Yoda’s Name Mean?
Two definitions form the root of Yoda. Yoddha, Sanskrit for warrior, and Yodea, Hebrew for “one who knows.”
Both sound perfect for the wise Jedi Grandmaster.
What Was The Original Name Of Yoda?
Yoda’s original name was Buffy. A name that is also iconic from the 90s. Why Buffy was the first choice is unknown.
We also don’t know why he was almost Minch Yoda. Did you know Yoda was also almost pink and played by a monkey wearing a mask?
Does Baby Yoda Have A Last Name?
Nope. It hasn’t been that long since we learned his name (Grogu). Details about The Child are sparse, but this is how George Lucas wants it.
Many fans think that Din Djarin (Mando) will formally adopt Grogu. They’re practically family already.
There are a lot of projects on the way in Star Wars future. The next ten years promise us more Boba Fett, Din Djarin, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker, and Ahsoka Tano.
It’s guaranteed that we’ll get more stand-alone movies, but there are strong hints of a new trilogy. Will it give fans what they want or only make for more questions?
Other Points Of Interest
Boba Fett was almost Darth Vader’s brother! However, this was deemed too confusing and scrapped in favor of Darth Vader being Luke’s father.
Anakin Skywalker’s original origin wasn’t that different from what we eventually got in the films. He was a Jedi Knight, and he would have been one of the last Jedi Darth Vader killed.
Luke was always going to have a twin sister, but she wouldn’t be Leia in the early drafts. Instead, she would have been a different character, and the kiss between Leia and Luke was always going to happen.
It’s been suggested that Yoda’s species was called the Whils at one time due to George Lucas’s true intent for the films.
He wanted the movies to be revealed as a story being told to an alien race known as the Whils, which is one of the reasons why we get the long info dump of text at the start of each film.
But we’ll have to wait and see if Disney will continue this trend.
Yoda is surrounded by mysteries that may never be fully revealed. Though with Grogu, fans will hopefully get some answers in the future.
Thank you for reading.