I have to get this out of the way, I just have to. I’ve read it way too often and thought to clarify this for once and for all.
On Twitter, in articles and even in Pitch Perfect it is believed “Vader” in “Darth Vader” is German for “father”. Well, you are close, Anna Kendrick, you are close, but not close enough. It’s just that that tiny tiny country next to Germany… That’s where the name comes from. “Vader” is Dutch for “father” and no not Pennsylvanian Dutch either, especially since the Pennsylvanian Dutch in truth originate from Germany as well. The German word for “father” is “Vater”. It’s a small difference, true. Yet still… It’s just a Google Translate away.
The same accounts for Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. “Groot” means large in German? NOPE! Sorry, guys. Let me burst that bubble for you. It’s Dutch. The German word for large is “groß”, written with that weird looking “B”.
I just had to be a bit of a wiseacre here. Got to protect my mother tongue 😉 . Do you know some more Dutch words used for characters? Leave them in the comments below!