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Federation Ship Names A-K

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Here is an alphabetical listing of Starfleet and Federation ship names. The somewhat definite origins of the names (meaning the in-universe namesakes) are given in the column "namesake", uncertain references (sometimes in-jokes) under "annotations". See also: Possible Namesakes of Federation Starships with many more suggestions but with a good deal of speculation.

 

A
Name and registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Adelphi NCC-26849 Ambassador Plural of Greek adelphos (brother)  
USS Aeon   Greek word for eternity  
USS Agamemnon NCC-11638 Apollo Hero of ancient Greek mythology, commanded the Greek army in the Trojan War  
USS Ahwahnee NCC-2048   Native American nation  
USS Ahwahnee NCC-71620/NCC-73620 Cheyenne
USS Ajax NCC-11574 Apollo Two heroes from Greek mythology who fought in the Trojan War: Ajax of Salamis and Ajax of Locris  
USS Akagi NCC-62158 Rigel Japanese aircraft carrier that fought in the Battle of Midway in World War II  
USS Akira NCC-62497 Akira Unknown We may assume that, rather than remembering 20th century pop culture (namely the anime Akira), Starfleet has named the ship for someone of that name who has gained significance some time between today and the 24th century. Akira is Japanese for "bright(ness)", which would make a good ship name, even if not named for someone specific.
USS Al-Batani NCC-42995 Excelsior Abu Abdallah Muhammad Ibn Jabir Ibn Sinan al-Batani al-Harrani (858-929), Arabian astronomer  
USS Albert Einstein NCC-85183   Albert Einstein (1879-1855), physicist and Nobel Prize laureate  
USS Aleo NCC-1981   Unknown  
USS Ambassador NCC-10521 Ambassador -  
USS Amber NCC-21335   -  
USS Antares NCC-501   Brightest star in the constellation of Scorpio, Greek for "Anti-Ares/Mars"  
USS Antares (alt.)  
USS Apollo Apollo Greek god of the light and name of NASA's moon landing program  
USS Appalachia NCC-52136 Steamrunner Appalachian Mountains, mountain range in eastern North America  
USS Archer NCC-44276   Jonathan Archer, 22nd century Earth Starfleet captain  
USS Archon NCC-189 Daedalus Official title in the ancient Republic of Athens  
USS Arcos NCC-6237 Deneva Uncertain  
USS Aries NCC-45167 Renaissance Constellation of Aries (Ram)  
USS Armstrong NCC-57537 Challenger Neil Armstrong (1930-2012), American astronaut and first man to set his foot on the Moon in 1969  
USS Armstrong NCC-1769 (alt.)  
SS Artemis   Greek goddess of hunting  
SS Astral Queen   -  
USS Atlantis NCC-72007   Legendary island, also the name of a space shuttle  
SS Aurora   Roman goddess of the dawn It could be also short for aurora borealis, the northern light.
ISS Avenger NX-09
(Mirror Universe only)
NX - The inscription on the Avenger plaque can be translated as "The bold (are) the fortune of the Empire".

 

B
Name and registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Baton Rouge   Capital of Louisiana, USA  
SS Beagle   Charles Darwin's ship on his famous expedition to South America  
USS Bellerophon NCC-62048 Nebula Hero in ancient Greek mythology, tamed the Pegasus and defeated the Chimera It is also a homage to the movie "Forbidden Planet" where the missing ship was named Bellerophon.
USS Bellerophon NCC-74705 Intrepid
USS Berlin NCC-14232 Excelsior Capital of Germany  
USS Biko NCC-50331 Oberth Steven Biko (died 1977), South African civil rights activist  
USS Billings   City in Montana, USA  
USS Bonestell NCC-31600 Oberth Chesley Bonestell (1888-1986), American astronomical artist  
USS Bozeman NCC-1941 Soyuz City in Montana, USA, launch site of Cochrane's Phoenix The registry NCC-1941 is a (quite fitting) in-joke, as Greg Jein was working on the Movie "1941" in 1979. Montana is obviously a lot more illustrious in Star Trek than in the real world. Bozeman is Brannon Braga's home town.
USS Bradbury   Ray Douglas Bradbury (born 1920), American science-fiction author and friend of Gene Roddenberry
USS Bradbury NX-72307 Bradbury  
USS Brattain NCC-21166 Miranda Walter Brattain (1902-1987), American engineer, developed the first bipolar transistor together with Shockley and Bardeen, Nobel Prize 1956 I assume that the ship was incorrectly labeled as "Brittain" and that the dedication plaque is correct. At least, this was the original intention. See here.
USS Budapest NCC-64923 Norway Capital of Hungary  
USS Buran NCC-57580 Challenger Russian for "snow storm", name of the Soviet version of the space shuttle (unmanned flight in 1988)  

 

C
Name and registry Class Namesake Annotations
C-57-D   Uncertain This is a homage to the groundbreaking science fiction movie "Forbidden Planet", just as the name of the ship's captain on the display in DS9: "Whispers", J.J. Adams.
USS Cairo NCC-42136 Excelsior Capital of Egypt If it was meant as a homage to Egypt, it was counterproductive to use the English name.
USS Callisto   Moon of Jupiter, named for a nymph in Greek mythology  
USS Carolina NCC-160   North/South Carolina, States of the USA  
USS Carolina  
USS Canopus NCC-64834 Norway Brightest star in the constellation of Carina  
USS Centaur NCC-42043   Greek mythological creature, consisting of a man's torso joined to the body of a horse  
USS Challenger NCC-2032   Challenger OV-099, NASA space shuttle, exploded just after its launch in 1986 Memorial
USS Challenger Challenger
USS Challenger NCC-71099 Galaxy The registry of the Galaxy-class ship, although not quite fitting, is obviously a homage to the space shuttle.
USS Charleston NCC-42285 Excelsior City in South Carolina, USA  
USS Chekov NCC-57302 Springfield Pavel A. Chekov, Starfleet officer  
USS Cheyenne Cheyenne Native American Nation  
USS Chicago   City in Illinois, USA  
USS Chimera Chimera Creature from Greek mythology, a three-headed beast  
USS Clavyn   Unknown Malone, Peterson and Clavyn (Clavin), the three ship names listed in Lt. Anaanda Ziff's personnel file, are all characters from "Cheers".
USS Clement NCC-12537 Apollo HMS Clement, Royal Navy submarine of the 21st century Creating retroactive continuity in the Star Trek Universe, the sunk HMS Clement (ENT: "Minefield") is a perfect namesake.
USS Cochrane NCC-59318 Oberth Zefram Cochrane, American Warp flight pioneer  
SS Columbia   Columbia OV-102, NASA space shuttle, broke apart during re-entry in 2003 Although the first ship named "Columbia" was mentioned long before the real-world Columbia disaster, it is a fitting assumption that Starfleet would still remember the shuttle and its crew (Memorial). Giving the name to NX-02 is an obvious reverence.
Columbia NX-02 NX
USS Columbia NCC-621  
USS Concorde NCC-68711 Freedom Uncertain Possibly named for the French/British supersonic airplane. The name is often spelt "Concord" like Concord, New Hampshire and Concord, Massachusetts, a battle site of the American Revolution. But out of European solidarity, I assume that "Concorde" is correct.
USS Constantinople NCC-43622 Istanbul Former name of the city of Istanbul, Turkey  
USS Constitution NCC-1700 Constitution USS Constitution "Old Ironsides", US Navy tradition ship  
USS Constellation NCC-1017 Constitution USS Constellation CV-64, US Navy aircraft carrier  
USS Constellation NX-1974 Constellation
USS Constellation NCC-55817  
USS Copernicus NCC-623 Oberth Nikolaus Kopernikus (1473-1543), German/Polish astronomer who discovered the true nature of planetary movements German and Polish historians both claim Kopernikus for their countries. The truth is blurry, as he comes from a German family but lived in a region belonging to Poland most of the time.
USS Copernicus NCC-58637  
USS Cortéz   Hernán Cortéz (1485-1547), Spanish conquistador who gained Mexico for Spain Not really a wise name choice, considering how mercilessly his army subdued or killed the native Mexicans.
USS Crazy Horse NCC-50446 Excelsior Oglala Sioux chief (1849-1877), native American leader at the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876  
USS Crockett NCC-38955 Excelsior Davey Crockett (1786-1836), American frontiersman and politician  
USS Curry NCC-42254   Unknown The ship was named for Dan Curry, DS9 VFX supervisor. Unless he is starting a great political career, Starfleet probably wouldn't remember him despite all his merits.

 

D
Name and registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Daedalus Daedalus Hero in ancient Greek mythology, escaped from Crete using self-made wings of feathers and wax (his son Icarus being not quite as lucky...)  
USS Danube Danube River in Southeast Europe It would have been better to use an indigenous name of the river (Donau or Dunav or Dunava).
USS Defiant NCC-1764 Constitution - The only renowned ship of that name is the HMS Defiant in the movie of the same name (1962).
USS Defiant NX-74205 Defiant
USS Deneva Deneva Federation planet, which was struck by a neural parasite plague in 2267  
USS Denver NCC-54927 Yorkshire Capital of Colorado, USA  
USS Destiny   - In the real world, the ship was probably named for the Destiny science lab of the ISS, but this may be regarded too obscure a reference in the 24th century.
SS Dierdre   Uncertain May refer to an ancient Irish heroine.
USS Discovery   Name of a space shuttle  
USS Donovan   Uncertain  
USS Drake NCC-20381 Wambundu Sir Francis Drake (ca. 1540-1596), commanded the first British ship to circumnavigate Earth  
USS Drake NCC-70956 Andromeda

 

E
Name and registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Eagle NCC-956 Constitution - Although it's quite a common name, most likely the Starfleet ship is specifically named for the landing vehicle of Apollo 11.
DEV Eagle Valley   Uncertain  
USS Elkins NCC-74121   Unknown The ship was named for Judy Elkins, DS9 VFX supervisor. Unless she is starting a great political career, Starfleet probably wouldn't remember her despite all her merits.
USS Elmer Fudd NCC-85343   Unknown No, Elmer Fudd really isn't a good namesake for a ship.
ITA Elmira   Uncertain  
USS Emden NCC-1856   City in northwest Germany and name of a German small cruiser in WW I  
USS Endeavour NCC-1895 Constitution Flagship of British explorer James Cook, also the name of a NASA space shuttle  
USS Endeavour NCC-39272  
USS Endeavour NCC-71805 Nebula
USS Endeavour  
USS Entente NCC-2120   - The name may specifically refer to the Entente Cordiale, an alliance between Great Britain and France in 1904.
Enterprise NX-01 NX USS Enterprise CV-6 and USS Enterprise CVN-65, US Navy aircraft carriers, as well as NASA space shuttle prototype Enterprise OV-101 A causality paradox, since in the real world the shuttle was named for the starship...
USS Enterprise NCC-1701 Constitution
USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A Constitution
USS Enterprise NCC-1701-B Excelsior
USS Enterprise NCC-1701-C Ambassador
USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D Galaxy
USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E Sovereign
USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (alt.)   Parallel universe version, nonetheless with the same name history up to this point.
USS Equicon NCC-1988   Unknown In real life, the name refers to the Equicon Convention that took place in 1988.
USS Equinox NCC-72381 Nova Latin equinoctium, the equal length of day and night twice a year According to Mike Okuda, the ship’s dedication plaque bears a quote from Sir Thomas Browne, “The night of time far surpasseth the day".
SS Erewhon   Uncertain Read the name backward! Erewhon is a novel written by Samuel Butle.
USS Essex NCC-173 Daedalus USS Essex CV-9, US Navy aircraft carrier, as well as several Royal Navy ships named for the English county of Essex  
USS Essex NCC-1697 Constitution
USS Excalibur NCC-1664 Constitution Mythical sword of King Arthur  
USS Excalibur NCC-26517 Ambassador
USS Excelsior NCC-2000 Excelsior Latin for "higher" Most likely named for the motto of the State of New York, USA
USS Exeter NCC-1672 Constitution Several Royal Navy ships and/or the English city. There may be no particular namesake.
USS Exeter NCC-26531 Ambassador

 

F
Name and registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Farragut NCC-1647 Constitution Admiral David Glasgow Farragut (1801-1870), commander of the Union fleet during the American Civil War ("Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!")  
USS Farragut NCC-60597 Nebula
USS Farragut (alt.)  
USS Farouk El-Baz NCC-31823   Uncertain In real life, Farouk El-Baz is an Egyptian American scientist who selected the landing sites for the Apollo missions. In the fictional universe, Farouk El-Baz is a noted comedian (TNG: "The Outrageous Okona"), but we wouldn't expect starships to be named for comedians, would we?
USS Fearless NCC-14598 Excelsior -  
USS Firebrand NCC-68723 Freedom -  
USS Fleming NCC-20316 Wambundu Sir Alexander Fleming (1881-1955), British bacteriologist who discovered penicillin  
USS Frederickson NCC-42111 Excelsior Unknown The ship was named for Anthony Frederickson, scenic artist. Unless he is starting a great political career, Starfleet probably wouldn't remember him despite all his merits.
USS Freedom Freedom - In 1990, when BoBW was made, the name may have been supposed to honor the space station that was later simply called ISS.

 

G
Name and registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Gage NCC-11672 Apollo General Thomas Gage (1763-1775), commander-in-chief of British army in North America during the Revolutionary War  
USS Galaxy NCC-70637 Galaxy -  
USS Ganymede NCC-18457   Moon of Jupiter, named for a hero in Greek mythology  
USS Gallico   Unknown  
USS Gander Danube River in Newfoundland, Canada  
USS Gandhi NCC-26632 Ambassador Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948), leader of the Indian resistance movement against the British colonial occupation, famous for his non-violent methods of civil disobedience  
USS Ganges NCC-72454 Danube River that flows from the Himalaya to the Bay of Bengal  
USS Gettysburg NCC-3890 Constellation Town in Pennsylvania, site of a battle in the American Civil War  
USS Gihlan NCC-9761 Constellation Admiral Gihlan’t’aehn, who initiated the development of the Constellation class The ship name is from an article by Rick Sternbach in Star Trek: The Magazine.
USS Goddard NCC-59621 Korolev Robert H. Goddard (1882-1945), American rocket pioneer, inventor of the liquid-fueled rocket  
USS Gorkon NCC-40521 Excelsior Gorkon (died 2293), Klingon Chancellor  
USS Gremlin NCC-72927   Uncertain  
USS Grissom NCC-638 Oberth Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom (died 1967 in Apollo 1 fire), American astronaut  
USS Grissom NCC-42857 Excelsior

 

H
Name and registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Hathaway NCC-2593 Constellation Uncertain Possibly named for Anne Hathaway, wife to William Shakespeare (although this would be another rather obscure reference). The ship's motto is "No matter where you go, there you are." from "Buckaroo Banzai" (the same as on the Excelsior plaque)
SS Hatteras   Uncertain There is a novel character Captain Hatteras by Jules Verne, but the real Cape Hatteras in North Carolina seems to be a better suited namesake. 
USS Hauck   Frederick Hauck, American astronaut The ship name is from an article by Rick Sternbach in Star Trek: The Magazine. We may assume that Hauck will make a famous flight that will be still remembered in the 24th century...
USS Havana NCC-34043 Istanbul Capital of Cuba  
USS Heart of Gold NCC-42   - A very obvious reference to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
USS Helin NCC-1692   Eleanor Helin, American astronomer  
USS Hera NCC-62006 Nebula Greek goddess, wife of Zeus  
USS Hermes NCC-10376 Antares Greek god of commerce  
USS Hiroshima Steamrunner Japanese city that gained sad fame as the target of the first US atomic bomb  
USS Hispaniola   Largest island in the Caribbean Sea  
USS Hokkaido Renaissance Northernmost of the Japanese main islands  
USS Hokule'a Hokule'a Hawaiian word for "Star of Gladness"  
USS Honshu NCC-60205 Nebula Largest Japanese island  
USS Hood NCC-1703 Constitution British battlecruiser that was destroyed in a battle with the Bismarck in 1941  
USS Hood NCC-42296 Excelsior
USS Hood (alt.)  
USS Horatio NCC-10532 Ambassador Uncertain Horatio was the first name of real-world Admiral Nelson as well as of Admiral Hornblower in the novels by C. S. Forester. But since when are first names used as ship names? Horatio is also a character in Shakespeare's Hamlet.
USS Horizon NCC-176 Daedalus - It remains to be seen whether the Mayweathers' ship could be the namesake.
USS Hornet NCC-45231 Renaissance USS Hornet CV-12, US Navy aircraft carrier, which served as recovery vessel for the Apollo 11 moon landing mission  

 

I
Name and registry Class Namesake Annotations
Intrepid   USS Intrepid CV-11, US Navy aircraft carrier  
USS Intrepid NCC-1831 Constitution
USS Intrepid NCC-38907 Excelsior
USS Intrepid NCC-74600 Intrepid
USS Istanbul Istanbul City in Turkey  

 

J
Name and registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Jenolan NCC-2010 Sydney Jenolan caves in New South Wales, Australia See here
USS James Fenimore Cooper NCC-4077   James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), American writer The captain's name and the registry are references to M*A*S*H. The name is misspelled "Fennimore" on the actual display, but according to EAS policy the misspelling is ignored.
USS John F. Kennedy NCC-85183   John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), 35th President of the USA  
USS John Muir NCC-1732   John Muir (1838-1914), American naturalist who helped found the Sequoia and Yosemite national parks in California  

 

K
Name and registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Kearsarge NCC-57566 Challenger USS Kearsarge CV-33, US Navy aircraft carrier that served as the recovery vessel for Alan Shepard's Mercury spacecraft, also name of a Union vessel that sunk the Confederate CSS Alabama  
USS Kelvin NCC-0514   William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (1824-1907), Irish physicist In an interview about the ship, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman said that Kelvin is JJ Abrams' grandfather's name that he includes in every series and movie he creates. The odd registry is grandpa's birthday.
SS Kobayashi Maru   Uncertain Kobayashi is a last name. Maru is a suffix appended to many Japanese ship names and also swords.
SS Kobayashi Maru (alt.)  
USS Kongo NCC-1710 Constitution Japanese battleship in WW II  
USS Korolev NCC-2014   Sergey Pavlovich Korolev (1906-1966), Russian space pioneer  
USS Korolev Korolev
USS Kyushu NCC-65491 New Orleans Southernmost of the Japanese main islands  

 


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