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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 & 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 or
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 & 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 & 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 Clayton   Unknown "Clavyn" was changed to "Clayton" in the remastered episode.
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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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.)  
SS Kogin   Unknown The ship's name can be read in TNG-R: "Inheritance". It was likely different in the original episode.
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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