The release of "The Force Awakens" reminded me of something I found confusing in both the older and newest Star Wars movies -- the pronunciation of Han Solo's first name.

It seems that some characters pronounce Han like you'd pronounce the first part of the word Hand. Others pronounce it like the first part of the country Honduras.

Which is correct?

I don't remember hearing him say his own name (though he probably did at some point) so I'm unclear on this.

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    "Which is correct?" You say TomaRto I say TomaYto. Who is 'correct'? It's all just accents to me, even Han's way of saying his own name is simply him saying it with his accent. Does that make his way of saying his name any more valid than anyone else's way of saying it? – Andrew Thompson Dec 21 '15 at 2:03
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    Hans. The S is invisible but not silent. – cde Dec 21 '15 at 5:05
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    @AndrewThompson yes, it does. The pronunciation of a name should be deferred to the person with said name. – cde Dec 21 '15 at 5:06

It's pronounced HAHN Solo.

You can hear his own pronunciation of his name when he introduces himself at the very start of this clip:

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    He pronounces Falcon funny too. – cde Dec 21 '15 at 5:09
  • Falcon is another 'tomato' word, US Falcon, UK Folcon, though Ford makes a decent showing of getting it closer to Folcon in that clip. – Tetsujin Dec 21 '15 at 8:53
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    @Tetsujin UK Fawlcon, I'd say. – Rand al'Thor Dec 21 '15 at 11:19

George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars clearly thinks that it's Han with a hard 'a' (rhymes with "hand").

It's not entirely clear why every other character mispronounces it throughout the film series.

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  • Now try to tell all those Lucas-haters that he has any kind of authority on that matter (but of course he has, he's created him). ;-) – Napoleon Wilson Dec 21 '15 at 13:30
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    @NapoleonWilson - Oh, I expect this to be a downvote magnet. It's not "fanboy approved" to suggest that Lucas had any involvement with the making of Star Wars. – user7812 Dec 21 '15 at 16:58
  • Only the British actors mispronounce it.... (i.e. pronounce it in the British way) – Gerald Edgar Jan 18 '16 at 17:13
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    @geraldEdgar - over-trained, I guess. That's what comes of hiring respected British thespians for low-budget sf movies. – user7812 Jan 18 '16 at 17:15
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    @Hack-R This answerer used to be one of the most active users on the site. He definitely quit over more wide-ranging issues than downvotes on a single answer :-) – Rand al'Thor Mar 23 at 22:10

Han is pronounced with a soft "a". Like "Hahn" (rhymes with "con"), as opposed to "Hann" (rhymes with "Ann").

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    … but, but… you can't use 'sounds like' comparisons, because you don't know the accent of the person reading the comparison. In British English, there's no way I could torture the word 'con' to sound anything like Han. – Tetsujin Dec 21 '15 at 8:52

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