Federation Ship Names L-Z



Ship naming in recent Star Trek is very political and therefore not a suited subject for an in-universe discussion.
Here is an alphabetical listing of Starfleet and Federation ship names (classic and Abramsverse). If the in-universe origin of the name is clear, it is given in the column "namesake". Uncertain naming (sometimes in-jokes) is discussed under "annotations". See also: Possible Namesakes of Federation Starships with many more suggestions but with a good deal of speculation.



Name & registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Lakota
Excelsior Native American nation  
SS Lakul
Whorfin Unknown  
USS Lalo
Mediterranean Unknown 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 real-world namesake would be the French composer Edouard Lalo.
USS Lantree
Miranda Unknown  
USS LaSalle
Deneva Uncertain The most probable namesake seems to be René Robert Cavalier de LaSalle (1643-1687), a French explorer in North America.
USS Leeds
Nebula British industrial city  
USS Lexington
Constitution USS Lexington CV-2 and USS Lexington CV-16, US aircraft carriers, also a battle site in the American Revolutionary War  
USS Lexington
USS Lexington
USS Liberator
  Uncertain May be named for the B-24 Liberator bomber or for the name of the primary spacecraft in "Blakes Seven"
USS Livingston
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. 



Name & 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
Constellation Fernão Magalhaes (1480-1521), Portuguese explorer Also the name of a space probe launched to Venus
USS Magellan Galaxy
USS Majestic
Miranda RMS Majestic (built 1914 as Bismarck), the largest ship of its time  
USS Malinche
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".
SS Manoa   Unknown The ship's name can be read in TNG-R: "Inheritance". It was likely different in the original episode.
USS Matte Fringe
  Unknown Production jargon for an imperfection in pre-digital effects composition.
USS Mare Tranquilitatis   Region on the Moon, landing site of Apollo 11  
USS Maryland
Renaissance State of the USA  
USS Max Planck
  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
Danube River in Southeast Asia that flows south to the Chinese Sea  
USS Melbourne
Excelsior City in Australia  
USS Menehune
Steamrunner Hawaiian mythological figures ("dwarfs")  
SS Merchantman   Generic  
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
Nebula Ironclad warship (later CSS Virginia) that fought for the Confederacy in the American Civil War This particular ship is actually spelled "Merrimack" (and not "Merrimac"), after the river Merrimack in northeastern USA. 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
  Generic In the real world, a reference to Gilligan's Island. But in-universe, the ship is probably unspecifically named for the fish.
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
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



Name & registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Nash
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 Uncertain Ship Names and Registries.
USS Nautilus
Miranda 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 Generic  
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
  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
  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
USS Non Sequitur
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
Olympic Alfred Nobel (1833-1896), Swedish industrialist and initiator of the Nobel Prize  
SS Norkova   Unknown  
USS Nova Nova A star explosion in astronomy  



Name & registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Oberth Oberth Hermann Oberth (1894-1989), German scientist and rocket pioneer  
USS Odyssey
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
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
  Largest city of Nebraska It is odd that the state name is appended to the name.
SS Oregon   State of the USA  
USS Orinoco
Danube River in Venezuela  



Name & registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Pasteur
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
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
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
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
Chimera City in Oregon, USA, or city in Maine, USA  
USS Potemkin
Constitution Grigory Aleksandrovich Potemkin (1739-1791), Russian officer under Catherine II, also name of a Russian dreadnought of movie fame  
USS Potemkin
USS Princeton
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
Andromeda Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953), Russian composer  
USS Prometheus
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
USS Proxima
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
  Sound in Washington State, home to a major US naval yard  



Name & registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Rabin
Akira Yitzhak Rabin (1922-1995), Israeli prime minister  
USS Raman
Oberth Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman (1888-1970), physicist, Nobel Prize in physics 1930  
(U)SS Raven
  Generic Raven may refer to the novel by Edgar Allan Poe, but more likely the ship is just named for the bird in-universe.
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
Miranda Generic  
USS Renegade
New Orleans Generic  
USS Renaissance Renaissance Epoch in European history (ca. 1400-1600)  
USS Republic
Constitution Generic More specifically, there is also USS Republic AP-33, a troop transport during World War II.
USS Repulse
Excelsior British battlecruiser in WW II  
USS Revere
  Paul Revere (1734-1818), American participant in the Independence War  
USS Rio Grande
Danube River in North America  
USS Rhode Island
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
  Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish writer  
USS Roosevelt
Excelsior Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) and/or Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945), Presidents of the United States  
USS Rubicon
Danube River in Italy that became famous when Julius Caesar's army crossed it in 49 B.C.  
USS Rutledge
New Orleans Edward Rutledge (1749-1800) and/or John Rutledge (1739-1800), American politicians  



Name & registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Saber Saber Generic  
USS Salcombe
NCC-2107 (alt.)
  Unknown In real life, named for CG artist Rhys Salcombe, who created the final sequence of "Star Trek Beyond".
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
Defiant State and city in Brazil This ship was renamed to USS Defiant NX-74205. Sisko's line "Hello, ship." is taken from the book and film The Sand Pebbles about the fictional gunboat San Pablo.
USS Sarajevo
Istanbul Capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina  
USS Saratoga
Miranda US Navy aircraft carriers USS Saratoga CV-3 and USS Saratoga CV-60  
USS Saratoga
USS Saratoga  
USS Sarek   Vulcan ambassador (2165-2368)  
USS Scovil
  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   Generic Seaview is the name of the submarine in the TV show "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea".
USS Sentinel   Generic  
USS Sequoia Sequoia Sequoia trees and Sequoia National Park, California, USA  
Shenandoah   River in North America  
USS Shenandoah
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
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 Generic 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
Akira Generic 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
Constellation Generic 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 Suleiman   Suleiman I the Magnificent, (1494-1566), Sultan of the Ottoman Empire Name can be recognized in the remastered episode TNG-R: "Eye of the Beholder".
USS Sutherland
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.



Name & 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
Norway Mountain region between Mongolia and Russia  
USS Tecumseh
Excelsior Shawnee Indian chief (1768-1813), directed Indian resistance to white rule in the Ohio River valley  
USS Thomas Paine
New Orleans Thomas Paine (1737-1809), American politician  
USS Thunderchild
Akira HMS Thunder Child, fictional vessel from H.G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds Curiously, it is indeed "Thunder Child" (two words) in the novel.
USS Tian An Men
Miranda Site where the Chinese democracy movement ended in a massacre in 1989  
USS Ticonderoga
  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
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
  Landing site of the Apollo 11 mission  
USS Trial   Generic  
USS Trieste
Merced Bathyscaphe of Jacques Piccard and Italian harbor city  
USS Trinculo
Galaxy Uncertain Trinculo is a character in Shakespeare's The Tempest (see also Miranda).
USS Tripoli
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
Oberth Konstantin E. Tsiolkovsky (1857-1935), Soviet-Russian space pioneer Embarrassingly, the plaque reads "K.Z. Tsiopkovskiy".
USS Tycho
  Craters on the Moon and on Mars, named for Tycho Brahe (1546-1601), Danish astronomer  



Name & registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Ulysses
Nebula Greek name Odysseus, Hero in the Greek Homer's epics The Iliad and The Odyssey  
USS Umibozu   Sea spirit in Japanese mythology Name can be recognized in the remastered episode TNG-R: "Eye of the Beholder".
USS Unicorn   Generic  



Name & registry Class Namesake Annotations
SS Val Jean Ju'day(?) Jean Valjean, character from Victor Hugo's Les Misérables  
USS Valdemar
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
USS Valiant
USS Valiant
USS Valkyrie
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
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 Dreadnought Generic This is explicitly said to be a "Dreadnought-class" vessel, although this sounds just like a generic designation.
USS Venture
Galaxy Generic  
USS Veracruz   City in Mexico  
SS Vico
Oberth Giambattista Vico (1668-1744), Italian philosopher  
USS Victory
Constellation HMS Victory, flagship of Admiral Horatio Nelson in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.   
USS Volga
Danube River in Russia  
USS Voyager
Intrepid Series of NASA planetary probes  



Name & registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Wambundu Wambundu Unknown The probably most mysterious ship name ever. Read Uncertain Ship Names and Registries.
SS W.E.B. DuBois   American civil rights leader  
USS Wellington
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
  White Sands National Monument in New Mexico The ship's name can be read in TNG-R: "Conspiracy" and may have been the same in the original episode.
SS Wisconsin   State of the USA The ship's name can be read in TNG-R: "Inheritance". It was likely different in the original episode.
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
SS Woden   Woden, also known as Wodan or Odin, Norse/Germanic god Woden is also a small city in Iowa.
USS Wolcott (alt.)   Unknown
USS Wyoming
Mediterranean State of the USA, also name of the battleship USS Wyoming BB-32  



Name & registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Yamaguchi
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
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
Danube Longest River of China  
USS Yeager
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
USS Yellowstone
Sequoia Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA  
USS Yellowstone
USS Yorkshire  Yorkshire County in northern England  
USS Yorktown
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
USS Yosemite
Oberth Yosemite National Park, California, USA  
USS Yukon
Danube River in Alaska and Canada  
USS Yuri Gagarin
  Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (1934-1968), Soviet cosmonaut and first man in space  



Name & registry Class Namesake Annotations
USS Zapata
Surak Emiliano Zapata (1879-1919), Mexican revolutionary  
USS Zhukov
Ambassador Unknown The intended namesake was Marshal Grigory Konstantinovich Zhukov (1896-1974). But I don't think that the 24th century should honor a Soviet general, particularly not one of the Stalin era.
USS Zodiac Zodiac Generic  



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

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