Why is Henry Jones Jr. named Indiana?

Why is Henry Jones Jr. named Indiana? - White and Black Mary Kay Soft Tube

In the movie series Indiana Jones, the title character is often called by Indiana Jones or just Indy. According to wikipedia, Dr. Jones' full name is Henry Walton Jones Jr..

I understand that Indiana could be a nickname that stuck on. Is there any indication in the movie series or any other in-universe source for why he's named Indiana or how he came to be known as Indiana? If so, when was this?

Best Answer

It seems to be a name he gave himself when he was much younger. No date is given but, as I recall, he was nicknamed Indiana in the TV show The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992-93)

We find out the origin of the name in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

Sallah: Please — what is always with this "Junior"?

Henry Jones Sr.: That's his name: "Henry Jones, Junior."

Indiana Jones: I like "Indiana."

Henry Jones: We named the dog Indiana.

Marcus Brody: May we go home now, please?

Sallah: The dog? You are named after the dog? [laughs]

Indiana: [coldly] I've got a lot of fond memories with that dog

As it turns out the character is, in fact, named after a dog

But it's true. Indiana was the name of an Alaskan malamute George Lucas owned in the '70s.


Pictures about "Why is Henry Jones Jr. named Indiana?"

Why is Henry Jones Jr. named Indiana? - The Grand Little Barn at Artisan Acres in Indiana
Why is Henry Jones Jr. named Indiana? - White Concrete Stone on Green Grass
Why is Henry Jones Jr. named Indiana? - A Man with Green Hat Wearing a Name Tag

We Named the Dog Indiana

More answers regarding why is Henry Jones Jr. named Indiana?

Answer 2

According to the wikia page for the dog:

The puppy Indiana was given to young Henry Jones, Jr. by his parents Anna and Henry Sr. while still in the crib at their home in Princeton, New Jersey.

Jones had such affection for the Alaskan Malamute that he considered his best friend, he adopted the name as his own growing up, calling himself "Indiana" by 1905.

The information is derived from Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Guide, a 2008 reference book written by James Luceno, and from "My First Adventure", the first film in The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones.

Sources: Stack Exchange - This article follows the attribution requirements of Stack Exchange and is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Images: Sobia Akhtar, Steven Van Elk, RODNAE Productions, RODNAE Productions