User comments for Anakin (Meaning / History Only)

The inspiration of the name is not from a biblical tribe, but a friend and fellow director, Ken Annakin, of George Lukas. [noted -ed]
danmac  5/17/2005
According to A Dictionary of English Surnames by Reaney & Wilson, Annakin is a surname from Yorkshire, England, that goes back to the Norman French name Anketin, itself a form of the Old Norse name Askell or Asketill, "divine cauldron".
clevelandkentevans  10/6/2005
While we know the origin is from a friend of George Lucas', it should also be noted that there was once a group of people the Jews defeated named the "Anakim" or "Anakims." These people were referred to as giants. (Deuteronomy 2:10-11 – "10. The Emims dwelt therein in times past, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; 11. Which also were accounted giants, as the Anakims; but the Moabites call them Emims.") Ironically, Anakin Skywalker (or Darth Vader) from Star Wars was also referred to as a giant of a man in many of the books. Therefore, the name could be used to mean a giant-like or generally tall person.
melofshanoah  1/11/2006
According to the Free Online Dictionary, the name (not the surname) means "warrior."
― Anonymous User  3/4/2006
Someone told me that in Latin or something, it means "without family" which is fitting for the character of Anakin Skywalker.
― Anonymous User  8/1/2006
Anakin is Sanskrit for "warrior".
kimevenstar  9/14/2007
One source says that Anakin may come from "an akin" - as in "peerless", or "without equal".

Love the name BTW, but just because I'm such a Star Wars-nerd, I could never use it. It would just be too strange.
Zanizaila  6/28/2010
Nicknames with the suffix -kin seems to have been used in medieval English (at least according to this site). Wilkin was a nickname for William, Hopkin was a nickname for Hob (Robert), Larkin was a nickname for Lawrence, etc. So I guess Anakin (well, Annakin) could have been a nickname for something in medieval English. A diminutive of Andrew, perhaps?
― Anonymous User  5/30/2012
George Lucas has said his friend's name being Annakin is simply a coincidence, and any connection between them should be treated as unsubstantiated rumour by this website.
AustraLiana  4/16/2014
May come from Greek goddess Anánkē. The goddess of inevitability, compulsion, and necessity. Something Anakin from Star Wars is.
Forrealmyngga  7/6/2015
This name could also be the name Anniken ( with the spelling changed.
gampina132  1/26/2016
CLARIFICATION, so people don't kid themselves:

"Anakin didn’t exist as a name until George Lucas invented it for Star Wars."

Don't see it in Sanskrit, nor "Native American" [there exists way more than 1 Native American language btw; Native American is a category, not a specific language]:

"ANNEKEN" is a GIRL'S name, not associated with "Anakin" - which is exclusively created from pop culture.

"Warrior" has been ascribed to "Anakin" in recent years (as Anakin Skywalker is a warrior) ONLY in America:
― Anonymous User  10/16/2016
I'm wondering if this name was derived from Anakim, a Biblical reference to a race that vanished from biblical history.
kaylars  6/16/2017

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