Updated: Oct 27, 2021
Growing up, I was no stranger to names like Jar Jar Binks, Yoda, Greedo, and Chewbacca because I had grown up loving an intergalactic series. Everything in those movies made sense to me, and I went out of my way to learn every single fact about the franchise.
Now, being a wise teenager and a Star Wars connoisseur, I can’t accept that the infamously adorable “baby Yoda” (from the hit TV show The Mandalorian) was not given a fitting name. I understand that one day this green youngling will grow up and look like the beloved Master Yoda, but why give a child such an old name?
To put it into perspective, it’s like looking at a newborn and thinking, “Hey, let’s name them Bernard”. No offense to those named Bernard, but it is outright insane!
The Bernard of Star Wars names simply does not do justice for the alien.
In episode 13 of The Mandalorian, the name of the baby alien was revealed. While many fans are upset that his name does not begin with the letter y, I’m upset that the name lacked flavor. The names porg, and wicket ewok both seem fitting to the cuddly creatures, and Grogu just doesn’t have the same charming approach.
In my padawan years, I was captivated by the creativity that went into every single character’s name (except for poor Yaddle), but I just don’t seem to get the same spark with Grogu. Since the unveiling of the Child in 2019, fans have dubbed the alien “baby Yoda.” Although it wasn't the most accurate title, it does carry familiarity that warms the heart.
In a galaxy far, far away, spaceships are practical, and droids live amongst the Jedi, but one little alien can't have an adorable name they rightfully deserve. Although I am still grieving from my tragic loss of respect for the creature of said name, I think it’s sweet that the Child feels happier with his space dad addressing him as Grogu.
But do not let that fool you, this Child is too cute for its name to sound like it ends with ew.