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L
Name and registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Lakota NCC-42768 Excelsior Native American nation  
SS Lakul NFT-7793 Whorfin    
USS Lalo NCC-43837 Mediterranean Uncertain Interestingly, the composer of the "Mission Impossible" theme is named Lalo Schifrin. "Mission Impossible" was produced next to the TOS sets in the Desilu studios. But the more likely namesake would be the French composer Edouard Lalo.
USS Lantree NCC-1837 Miranda Uncertain  
USS LaSalle NCC-6203 Deneva Uncertain The most probable namesake seems to be René Robert Cavalier de LaSalle (1643-1687), a French explorer in North America.
USS Leeds NCC-70352 Nebula British industrial city  
USS Lexington NCC-1709 Constitution USS Lexington CV-2 and USS Lexington CV-16, US aircraft carriers, also a battle site in the American Revolutionary War  
USS Lexington NCC-30405 Excelsior
USS Lexington NCC-61832  Nebula
USS Liberator NCC-67016   Uncertain May be named for the B-24 Liberator bomber or for the name of the primary spacecraft in "Blakes Seven"
USS Livingston NCC-34099 Excelsior Robert R. Livingston (1746–1813), American politician who signed the Declaration of Independence In the real world, it seems that the ship (like Picard's fish ;-)) was named for TNG producer David Livingston. 

 

M
Name and registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Madison   James Madison (1751-1836), fourth president of the United States, also name of the capital of Wisconsin  
USS Magellan NCC-3069 Constellation Fernão Magalhaes (1480-1521), Portuguese explorer Also the name of a space probe launched to Venus
USS Magellan Galaxy
USS Majestic NCC-31060 Miranda RMS Majestic (built 1914 as Bismarck), the largest ship of its time  
USS Malinche NCC-38997 Excelsior Mexican princess, who was originally a slave given as a peace offering to the Spanish conquistadors by the Tabascan Indians There may be different interpretations about Malinche's role in history. It seems that she is still loathed by the native population of Mexico. On the other hand, there is a La Malinche National Park, as well as La Malinche Crater in Mexico.
USS Malone   Unknown Malone, Peterson and Clavyn (Clavin), the three ship names listed in Lt. Anaanda Ziff's personnel file, are all characters from "Cheers".
USS Matte Fringe NCC-12898   Unknown  
USS Maryland NCC-45109 Renaissance State of the USA  
USS Max Planck NCC-28573   Max Planck (1858-1947), German physicist and Nobel Prize laureate The name is misspelled "Plank" on the display in TNG: "Conspiracy", but according to EAS policy the misspelling is ignored.
USS Mayflower   Ship that carried the first colonists to North America in 1620  
USS Mayflower NCC-1621 (alt.)   The registry is NCC-1621, although the Mayflower's journey was in 1620. Perhaps this takes into account that upon their arrival the settlers spent the winter aboard the ship?
USS Mediterranean Mediterranean Region around the Mediterranean Sea  
USS Mekong NCC-72617 Danube River in Southeast Asia that flows south to the Chinese Sea  
USS Melbourne NCC-62043 Excelsior City in Australia  
USS Menehune NCC-52142 Steamrunner Hawaiian mythological figures ("dwarfs")  
SS Merchantman   -  
USS Merced Merced Uncertain There is a small river and a city of that name in Central California, but more likely the name refers to Lake Merced near Starfleet Headquarters.
USS Merrimack NCC-61827 Nebula Ironclad warship (later CSS Virginia) that fought for the Confederacy in the American Civil War 1) This particular ship is actually spelt "Merrimack" (and not "Merrimac"), after the river Merrimack in northeastern USA.
2) Starfleet named the ship with a definite "Northern" bias, not choosing the name CSS Virginia that the ship bore during the battle with the USS Monitor.  
SS Milan NDT-50863   City in Italy Curiously, in the North Italian dialect the city of Milano is actually called Milan, just like the English version.
USS Minnow NCC-19585     A reference to Gilligan's Island.
USS Miranda Miranda Uncertain Presumably named for Prospero's daughter, a character in William Shakespeare's last play "The Tempest". This is the explanation given in the Star Trek Encyclopedia, although it seems too obscure. Miranda is also the name of a moon of Uranus, but this one was also named for the character.
USS Monitor NCC-61826 Nebula Ironclad warship that fought for the Union in the American Civil War Note that USS Merrimack and USS Monitor have adjacent registries as a reconciling gesture (although in such a case they should have properly named the other ship "USS Virginia" instead of USS Merrimack).
USS Musashi   Miyamoto Musashi, a legendary Japanese samurai and swordsmith from the Tokugawa era, also name of a Japanese dreadnought of WW II that sunk during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on October 25, 1944  
USS Mustang NCC-85343   -  

 

N
Name and registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Nash NCC-2010-5 Sydney Unknown The ship was named for Eric Nash, motion control technician at Image G. Unless he is starting a great political career, Starfleet probably wouldn't remember him despite all his merits. Read about the strange registry here.
USS Nautilus NCC-31910 Miranda Nautilus, Captain Nemo's vessel in Jules Verne's novel 20,000 Leagues under the Sea and/or USS Nautilus SSN-571, the first submarine to reach the North Pole  
USS Nebula Nebula -  
Neptune Neptune Roman god of the seas (Greek equivalent: Poseidon), also name of the eighth planet of the Sol system  
USS New Orleans New Orleans City in Louisiana, USA The "City of New Orleans" legend
USS Newton NCC-1727   Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727), English physicist, described the three laws of motion and laid the foundation for classical mechanics
USS Niagara Niagara Niagara Falls, at the border between USA and Canada, also name of a brig that defeated the British Navy at the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812  
USS Neil Armstrong NCC-31806   Neil Armstrong (1930-2012), American astronaut and first man to set his foot on the Moon in 1969 See also USS Armstrong
USS Niels Bohr   Niels Bohr (1885-1962), Danish Physicist, Nobel Prize Winner  
USS Nightwing NCC-8342   Uncertain  
USS Non Sequitur NCC-12999   Uncertain  
USS Northridge   City in California, USA  
USS Norway Norway European country If it was meant as a homage to Norway (rather than to the passenger ship Norway which happened to be named France previously), it was counterproductive to use the English name instead of the native Norge.
USS Nobel NCC-55012 Olympic Alfred Nobel (1833-1896), Swedish industrialist and initiator of the Nobel Prize  
SS Norkova   Uncertain  
USS Nova Nova    

 

O
Name and registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Oberth Oberth Hermann Oberth (1894-1989), German scientist and rocket pioneer  
USS Odyssey NCC-71832 Galaxy Homer's famous work about the journey of Odysseus, also name of the command module of Apollo 13 The dedication plaque reads: "Its origin and purpose, still a total mystery." This is a clear homage to the movie "2001 - A Space Odyssey". Nevertheless, I think the ship rather has a real-world namesake.
USS Odyssey  
SS Odin NGL-12535   Germanic god, also known as Wodan  
USS Okinawa NCC-13958 Excelsior Japanese island in the Chinese Sea  
USS Olympia   Place in Greece, site of the ancient Olympic Games  
USS Olympic Olympic RMS Olympic, sister ship of the ill-fated Titanic  
USS Omaha, Nebraska NCC-5252   Largest city of Nebraska  
SS Oregon   State of the USA  
USS Orinoco NCC-72905 Danube River in Venezuela  

 

P
Name and registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Pasteur NCC-58925 Olympic Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), French biologist It is uncertain whether the dedication plaque eventually really looked like this. Here, the ship has the false registry NCC-58928 and belongs to the Hope class.
USS Pearson NCC-61956 Saber Uncertain One possible candidate is Lester B. Pearson (1897-1972), former Canadian Prime Minister, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for helping to resolve the Suez Crisis.
USS Pegasus NCC-53847 Oberth Creature from Greek mythology, a winged horse  
USS Peregrine Peregrine Peregrine falcon (falco peregrinus) Although there are still other possibilities, it would be very fitting to name a small ship after a bird.
USS Peterson   Unknown Malone, Peterson and Clavyn (Clavin), the three ship names listed in Lt. Anaanda Ziff's personnel file, are all characters from "Cheers".
USS Philadelphia   City in Pennsylvania, USA  
USS Phoenix NCC-65420 Nebula Creature from Greek mythology, a bird raising from the ashes, also name of Cochrane's first warp ship (2063) I rather don't think the name refers to the city in Arizona.
USS Portland NCC-57418 Chimera City in Oregon, USA, or city in Maine, USA  
USS Potemkin NCC-1657 Constitution Grigory Aleksandrovich Potemkin (1739-1791), Russian officer under Catherine II, also name of a Russian dreadnought of movie fame  
USS Potemkin NCC-18253 Excelsior
USS Princeton NCC-59804 Niagara City in New Jersey, USA, famous for its university, also a battle site of the American Revolution, name of a sloop-of-war built in 1843, the world's first warship to be powered by a steam-driven screw propeller, and name of a Ticonderoga-class cruiser (CG-59) The name for the USS Princeton of 1843 comes from Princeton, West Virginia, the hometown of Captain Robert F. Stockton, who first suggested her construction.
USS Prokofiev NCC-68814 Andromeda Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953), Russian composer  
USS Prometheus NCC-71201 Nebula Titan in Greek mythology, stole the fire from the gods and gave it to the humans While the registry NX-74913 on the dedication plaque suits the Prometheus class lead ship much better, it could never be identified on screen and is superseded by the clearly visible hull registry.
USS Prometheus NX-59650 Prometheus
USS Proxima NCC-61952 Nebula Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sol system  
USS Pueblo   Uncertain A pueblo is a traditional dwelling of several Native American tribes in the southwest USA, also a collective name for this nation. In addition, there is a city called Pueblo in Colorado. But it seems the intended namesake was the USS Pueblo, a US Navy intelligence vessel that was hijacked by North Korean forces in 1968.
USS Puget Sound NCC-85343   Sound in Washington State, home to a major US naval yard  

 

Q
Name and registry Class Namesake Annotations
No ships      

 

R
Name and registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Rabin NCC-63923 Akira Yitzhak Rabin (1922-1995), Israeli prime minister  
USS Raman NCC-29487 Oberth Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman (1888-1970), physicist, Nobel Prize in physics 1930  
(U)SS Raven NAR-32450   - Raven may refer to the novel by Edgar Allan Poe, but more likely the ship is just named for the bird.
USS Relativity NCV-474439-G Wells Theories of special and general relativity, conceived by Albert Einstein The ship's motto is, "The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once." (Albert Einstein)
USS Reliant NCC-1864 Miranda -  
USS Renegade NCC-63102 New Orleans -  
USS Renaissance Renaissance Epoch in European history (ca. 1400-1600)  
USS Republic NCC-1371 Constitution -  
USS Repulse NCC-2544 Excelsior British battlecruiser in WW II  
USS Revere NCC-595   Paul Revere (1734-1818), American participant in the Independence War  
USS Rio Grande NCC-72452 Danube River in North America  
USS Rhode Island NCC-72701 Nova State of the USA  
USS Rigel Rigel Brightest star in the constellation of Orion  
SS Robert Fox NFT-1327 Whorfin Federation ambassador of the 23rd century I wouldn't have named a ship for Robert Fox, but maybe most of his work was more successful than in TOS: "A Taste of Armageddon".
USS Robert Louis Stevenson NCC-1281   Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish writer  
USS Roosevelt NCC-2573 Excelsior Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) and/or Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945), Presidents of the United States  
USS Rubicon NCC-72936 Danube River in Italy that became famous when Julius Caesar’s army crossed it in 49 B.C.  
USS Rutledge NCC-57295 New Orleans Edward Rutledge (1749-1800) and/or John Rutledge (1739-1800), American politicians  

 

S
Name and registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Saber Saber -  
SS Santa Maria BDR-529   Flagship of Christopher Columbus on his first journey 1492 The registry BDR-529 of the Santa Maria is an in-joke. It's the number plate of the Bluesmobile!
USS São Paulo NCC-75633 Defiant City in Brazil 1) This ship was renamed to USS Defiant NX-74205.
2) Sisko's line "Hello, ship." is taken from the book and film The Sand Pebbles about the fictional gunboat
San Pablo.
USS Sarajevo NCC-38529 Istanbul Capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina  
USS Saratoga NCC-1887 Miranda US Navy aircraft carriers USS Saratoga CV-3 and USS Saratoga CV-60  
USS Saratoga NCC-31911 Miranda
USS Saratoga  
USS Sarek   Vulcan ambassador (2165-2368)  
USS Scovil NCC-1598   Jack Scovil, American astronaut Perhaps Scovil will make a famous flight that will be still remembered in the 24th century...
USS Seaquest   Unknown Well, I doubt that the TV series "SeaQuest DSV" will be *that* popular in the 24th century.
USS Seaview   - Seaview is the name of the submarine in the TV show "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea".
USS Sentinel   -  
USS Sequoia Sequoia Sequoia trees and Sequoia National Park, California, USA  
Shenandoah   River in North America  
USS Shenandoah NCC-73024 Danube
USS Shepard Oberth Alan B. Shepard (1923-1998), American astronaut, first American in space  
USS Sherlock Holmes   Fictional character in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novels  
USS Shiku Maru   Uncertain Maru is a suffix appended to many Japanese ship names and also swords.
USS ShirKahr NCC-31905 Miranda City on the planet Vulcan ShirKahr was only mentioned in TAS: "Yesteryear" as Spock's home city. The re-use of the name makes it canon.
USS Silversides   US Navy submarines USS Silversides SS-236 and USS Silversides SSN-679    
USS Sitak Miranda Unknown Obviously named for someone or something Vulcan. It is very unlikely that the name honors active Starfleet admiral (at that time) Sitak.
USS Sovereign Sovereign - The notion that the lead ship should actually be named "Royal Sovereign" is fandom bogus, although that name would be historically correct. 
USS Soyuz Soyuz Soviet/Russian spacecraft from the late 20th and early 21st century  
USS Spector NCC-63898 Akira - Assuming the registries of Spector and Thunderchild were switched.
USS Springfield Springfield Uncertain There are many Springfields, but I am sure the class was named for Homer Simpson's hometown. Really.
USS Stargazer NCC-2893 Constellation - The dedication plaque supposedly says: "To bring light into the darkness."
USS Steamrunner Steamrunner Uncertain There is no clue what this weird name could refer to. Designer Alex Jaeger intended to name the class “Streamrunner,” after a song by his favorite band Fold Zandura (obscure enough). However, someone later dropped the “r”.
USS Strata   Uncertain  
USS Sutherland NCC-72015 Nebula Horatio Hornblower's ship in the novel Ship of the Line by C. S. Forester  
USS Sydney Sydney City in Australia  
USS Syracuse   City in Sicily, Italy or city in New York state Although it was probably not the intention, it may rather be the ancient city on Sicily (better: Siracusa) than the industrial city in New York.

 

T
Name and registry Class Namesake Annotations
SS T'Pau NSP-17938   Influential person on Vulcan in the 23rd century  
USS T'Kumbra Nebula Unknown Obviously named for someone or something Vulcan
T'Vran   Unknown Obviously named for someone or something Vulcan
USS Tannu Tuva NCC-64924 Norway Mountain region between Mongolia and Russia  
USS Tecumseh NCC-14934 Excelsior Shawnee Indian chief (1768-1813), directed Indian resistance to white rule in the Ohio River valley  
USS Thomas Paine NCC-65530 New Orleans Thomas Paine (1737-1809), American politician  
USS Thunderchild NCC-63549 Akira HMS Thunder Child, fictional vessel from H.G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds Curiously, it is indeed "Thunder Child" (two words) in the novel.
USS Tian An Men NCC-21382 Miranda Site where the Chinese democracy movement ended in a massacre in 1989  
USS Ticonderoga NCC-87270   Fort Ticonderoga in New York state  
USS Titan   Group of Greek mythological figures, also name of the largest moon of Saturn This may also refer to the missile used to launch Cochrane's warp ship, but unlike the Phoenix the name Titan isn't that prominent in the Trek Universe.
USS Tolstoy NCC-62095 Rigel Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), Russian author  
USS Tombaugh   Clyde William Tombaugh (1906-1997), American astronomer, discovered the planet Pluto in 1930  
USS Tranquility Base NCC-19585   Landing site of the Apollo 11 mission  
USS Trial   -  
USS Trieste NCC-37124 Merced Bathyscaphe of Jacques Piccard and Italian harbor city  
USS Trinculo NCC-71867 Galaxy Uncertain Trinculo is a character in Shakespeare's The Tempest (see also Miranda).
USS Tripoli NCC-19386 Hokule'a Capital of Libya, site of a first battle of the US Marine Corps  
USS Truman Renaissance Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), President of the United States  
USS Truman (alt.)  
USS Tsiolkovsky NCC-53911 Oberth Konstantin E. Tsiolkovsky (1857-1935), Soviet-Russian space pioneer Embarrassingly, the plaque reads "K.Z. Tsiopkovskiy".
USS Tycho NCC-85103   Craters on the Moon and on Mars, named for Tycho Brahe (1546-1601), Danish astronomer  

 

U
Name and registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Ulysses NCC-66808 Nebula Greek name Odysseus, Hero in the Greek Homer’s epics The Iliad and The Odyssey  
USS Unicorn   -  

 

V
Name and registry Class Namesake Annotations
SS Val Jean Ju'day(?) Jean Valjean, character from Victor Hugo's Les Misérables  
USS Valdemar NCC-26198 Ambassador Unknown The intended namesake was Valdemar Poulson (1869-1942), inventor of the tape recorder. But aside from severe doubts that Starfleet would name one of its biggest ships for him, since when do they use people's first names? It seems more fitting to assume that the ship was named in honor of a King of Denmark, the most notable of whom would be Valdemar the Great (1131-1182).
SS Valiant   HMS Valiant, Royal Navy battleship, 1916-1948  
USS Valiant NCC-1223  
USS Valiant NCC-74210 Defiant
USS Valiant NCC-75416  
USS Valkyrie NCC-2590 Constellation Figures in Germanic mythology It is also a name of a ship in Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
USS Valley Forge NCC-43305 Excelsior Site in Pennsylvania where General George Washington’s troops spent a bitter winter during the American Revolutionary War, also a US Navy aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge CV-45 This is also the name of the starship in the movie "Silent Running".
USS Vengeance   - This is said to be a "Dreadnought-class" vessel, but I take it "dreadnought" is just a generic designation.
USS Venture NCC-71854 Galaxy -  
USS Veracruz   City in Mexico  
SS Vico NAR-18834 Oberth Giambattista Vico (1668-1744), Italian philosopher  
USS Victory NCC-9754 Constellation HMS Victory, flagship of Admiral Horatio Nelson in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.   
USS Volga NCC-73196 Danube River in Russia  
USS Voyager NCC-74656 Intrepid Series of NASA planetary probes  

 

W
Name and registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Wambundu Wambundu Uncertain The probably most mysterious ship name ever. Read here.
SS W.E.B. DuBois   American civil rights leader  
USS Wellington NCC-33821 Niagara Arthur Wellesley, First Duke of Wellington (1769-1852), British politician, also name of New Zealand's capital  
USS Wells Wells H.G. Wells (1866-1946), author of The Time Machine  
USS White Sands NAR-0002   White Sands National Monument in New Mexico  
SS Whorfin Whorfin John Whorfin, captain of the historical vessel SS Buckaroo Banzai John Whorfin was listed as the captain of the SS Buckaroo Banzai on an Okudagram in TNG: "Up the Long Ladder". This was an in-joke referring to John Lithgow’s character in the film "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension". The in-joke was picked up in "Star Trek VI" as well as "Star Trek VII" by naming ships for Whorfin.
USS Whorfin NCC-1024  
SS Woden   Woden, also known as Wodan or Odin, Norse/Germanic god Woden is also a small city in Iowa.
USS Wolcott (alt.)   Uncertain
USS Wyoming NCC-43730 Mediterranean State of the USA, also name of the battleship USS Wyoming BB-32  

 

X
Name and registry Class Namesake Annotations
No ships      

 

Y
Name and registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Yamaguchi NCC-26510 Ambassador City in western Honshu, Japan No, I don't think that the ship was named for the figure skater. Another possible namesake, however, is Vice Admiral Tamon Yamaguchi (1892-1942), who was killed in the Battle of Midway. 
USS Yamato NCC-71807 Galaxy Japanese battleship in WW II, sunk near Okinawa on April 7, 1945 Ship's quote: "I have sworn eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." (Thomas Jefferson)
USS Yangtzee Kiang NCC-72453 Danube Longest River of China  
USS Yeager NCC-61947 Saber Chuck Yeager, American pilot, first to break the sound barrier in 1947 This registry, of course, is a homage to the date of the flight
USS Yeager NCC-65674    
USS Yellowstone NCC-70073 Sequoia Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA  
USS Yellowstone NX-74751 Danube
USS Yorkshire  Yorkshire County in northern England  
USS Yorktown NCC-1717 Constitution US Navy aircraft carriers USS Yorktown CV-5 and USS Yorktown CV-10, both named for a battle site in Virginia during the American Revolutionary War  
USS Yorktown  
USS Yorktown NCC-61137 Zodiac
USS Yosemite NCC-19002 Oberth Yosemite National Park, California, USA  
USS Yukon NCC-74602 Danube River in Alaska and Canada  
USS Yuri Gagarin NCC-25306   Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (1934-1968), Soviet cosmonaut and first man in space  

 

Z
Name and registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Zapata NCC-33184 Surak Emiliano Zapata (1879-1919), Mexican revolutionary  
USS Zhukov NCC-26136 Ambassador Unknown The intended namesake was Marshal Grigory Konstantinovich Zhukov (1896-1974). But we have to bear in mind that this man issued to his troops the command to rape and kill any German civilians they meet. Previous German war crimes in the Soviet Union are clearly no justification for that, so I take the right to deny him the honor of having a ship named for him.
USS Zodiac Zodiac -  

 

Credits

Some information taken from The Mighty Monkey of Mim's Ship List and Spike's Star Trek Page. Thanks to Maarten Diesen, Jan-Patrick Ziegler, Kyle Hill, Juan Carlos Holmes, Jeff, CJ Sitter, Dan Carlson, Thorsten, G2K, Marcin Synak, James Wade, Gregory Sheets, Raskol, Jonathan Doorse, GARba, Triton, Eugene Chan, Benjamin Recchie, Joseph Guendert, Ruben Hilbers, Micah Haber, Martin Blakey, Tyler, Bob Durie, Brian, Shik, Matt Chin and Weili Wang for additional hints and to Stacy Smith for two dedication plaques (from the Christie's auction catalogue).

 


Ships @ Spike's Star Trek Page

Dedication plaques @ Memory Alpha

 


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