Before She Was a Senator From Naboo and Anakin’s Wife, Padmé’s Real Name Was Padmé Amidala Naberrie

She’s just one of the many powerful women of the Star Wars universe. Surprisingly, though, “Amidala” isn’t the last name of this Senator from Naboo. What’s Padmé’s real name? Here’s what we know about this iconic character from the prequel trilogy. 

Padmé is one of the characters from the ‘Star Wars’ prequel trilogy

She’s full of grace, class, and iconic fashion moments. Padmé is one of the main characters from the Star Wars prequel trilogy, fighting for democracy and eventually, revealing her love for the young Jedi, Anakin Skywalker. Their love may be forbidden, but their relationship eventually causes Anakin to turn to the dark side in an effort to protect her. 

Before viewers even meet Padmé with The Phantom Menace, this character took Amidala as a second name for herself. Her last name, however, is actually Naberrie, although it’s rarely used during the Star Wars movies. 

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Padmé’s full name is Padmé Amidala Naberrie

As a native of Naboo, Padmé’s full birth name was actually Padmé Amidala Naberrie, according to Screenrant. She’s the daughter of Ruwee and Jobal Naberrie, and eventually, she became a senator for the Republic, representing Naboo throughout the prequel trilogy. 

“Born from a relatively middle-class family, Padmé’s wit and grace made her perfect for public service, resulting in her election as the planet’s Queen when she’s only 14-years-old after which she adopted the regnal name Amidala,” Screenrant writes.

As a result, this character often goes by her “regnal name,” Amidala, similar to kings throughout history, like King George VI. She, of course, loses this title once the Chancellor becomes the Emperor and rules over the Empire by Revenge of the Sith. It was that movie that Padmé died during childbirth, giving life to twins Luke and Leia. 

Does Padmé formally take Anakin Skywalker’s last name? 

Even though Padmé married Anakin during Attack of the Clones, their wedding had to be a secret. As a Jedi Knight, Anakin Skywalker swore to abstain from dating, let alone marrying someone and having children. It’s for that reason that the only “people” who knew Padmé and Anakin wed were C-3PO and R2D2. Padmé didn’t take Anakin’s last name. At first, anyway. 

This wouldn’t be the last time a Star Wars character didn’t take their significant other’s last name. For the sequel trilogy, fans learn that Han Solo and General Leia Organa had a relationship and a son, Ben Solo. When other characters refer to Leia, though, they often called her General Organa. 

Star Wars fans can see Padmé Amidala Naberrie with movies like Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Each movie of the Skywalker saga, including those of the prequel trilogy are available on Disney’s streaming platform. To learn more about Disney+ and to subscribe, visit their website

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