I've generally named my ships after bands on the Fed side, and one after a singer.
USS Opeth, Dickinson (as in Bruce as in Iron Maiden), Triptykon, Celtic Frost. Using the Celtic Frost, assault cruiser. Working towards an Odyssey pack. I plan to name the three the Tony Iommi, the Geezer Butler, and the Bill Ward. But I might just name the one I use the most the Black Sabbath and go with that.
USS Challenger, NCC-71099 (Galaxy-class Expl. Cruiser Retrofit/Dreadnought)
- the ship from VOY: "Timeless", except LaForge retired or something. The Challenger is heavily modified and can have Dreadnought components attached/detached at will.
USS Andromeda Ascendant, NCC-160982 (Eng Vesta-class MME)
- named after an alternate universe starship. (see Andromeda, the show)
USS Hera, NX-210395 (MVAM Prometheus)
- named after the character in Battlestar Galactica, who was the new hope for humanity's continued existence.
USS Appalachia, NCC-205xxx (Steamrunner-class Blockade Runner Retrofit)
- For lack of a better name, I used the one from DS9.
USS Sovereign, NX-73811 (Sovereign-class Assault Cruiser)
- I'd like to think that the crew of the Dauntless continued their journeys in STO.
ISS Imperius (Mirror Achilles-class Assault Cruiser)
- Mirror version of the Achilles-class starship USS Imperius.
Columbia, NX-02 (NX class)
- The one from ENT. Used as a training ship.
USS Heyes (Intrepid LRSV)
- Random name generator.
USS Relativity (Akira Heavy Escort)
- The "-B" of the ship seen in VOY: "Relativity". No temporal capabilities whatsoever.
USS Solstice (Nova Science Vessel)
- Name taken from ST: Legacy's ship names for the Nova class. It's a nice name.
USS Ticonderoga (Defiant-class Tac Escort Refit)
-Random name generator.
Secondary Character: Nushid (KDF)
IKS Hegh daq jaghpu' (Guramba Siege Destroyer)
- Klingon for... something along the lines of "Death to the enemies [of the Empire]".
IKS Navt'Vu (Negh'Var Battle Cruiser)
- Random name generator, and it starts with the same letter as my character (literary tool)
I also have a Mirror Vor'cha, but I can't remember its name.
Tertiary Character: Charlott [FED]
USS Magellan, NCC-272067 (Galaxy Dreadnought)
- Also named after an actual Starfleet Galaxy-class ship, heavily refitted.
USS Pulsar (registry classified) (Sci Vesta-class MME)
- A seemingly innocent name for a deadly ship. Quite possibly a great name for a science vessel.
USS Poseidon (Luna-class RSV)
- Named after the ancient god.
Quad-ary Character: Emergency Command Hologram 668 [FED]
USS Avenger, NX-09 (NX class)
- named after the mirror ship in ENT episodes.
USS Hakata (Saber-class Escort)
-Randome name generator
The first ship I wrote about was the USS Endeavour (name mentioned on the subspace chatter at the beginning of First Contact) which I always envisage as a Sovereign-Class.
Following the STO timeline jump, the new ship I write about is the USS Valkyrie, named for the plot to kill Hitler. I've come to appreciate the functionality and utility of the Nova-Class, and if given the choice between the two ships, I would opt for the Nova-Class
I have several ships. Here's the history behind them all...
Main (science)--Berat, Cardassian exchange officer, dual-commissioned as a gul and a Starfleet captain
U.S.S. Sherouk (RSV): With the blessing of Starfleet, named for his former (and since decommissioned) command in the Cardassian Defense Force. Also happens to be a place located somewhere in the Middle East, but that was not the intention when I came up with the name. This same name will carry over if/when I get a Fleet RSV. This is the ship that, for all its quirks, I am the most used to fighting with out of any ship, any toon.
C.D.S. Tekeny Ghemor (Galor): In-game it obviously has a Federation registry, but I always imagine it as Berat's current command in the Cardassian Guard, when he gets the opportunity to return the favor Starfleet did for him, and host a number of Starfleet officers (the BOFFs ) as exchange officers aboard a Cardassian vessel. Named for Legate Tekeny Ghemor, seen in "Second Skin" and "Ties of Blood and Water."
U.S.S. Zerayd (Peregrine): Named for a Cardassian bird of prey (in my fics).
U.S.S. Shalok (Danube): I made up the name of a river on Cardassia for that.
Secondary (Engineering) Rraeit Nirria, Caitian.
U.S.S. Le-Matya (Vesta): I wanted something "cat-themed," but I also felt that Starfleet even on the show has a dearth of alien ship names in spite of the diversity Starfleet claims to have and the appreciation of its member worlds. So I named the ship after a Vulcan felinoid.
U.S.S. Dawn (Mirror Assault Cruiser): Repainted and rechristened as a Starfleet vessel. The name of the Dawn was actually the game's suggestion--and it fit, because I was looking for something redemption-themed!
U.S.S. Serval (think this one is a Peregrine fighter): I decided to break with the bird-of-prey theme for the Peregrines, and choose a smaller felinoid for this one.
U.S.S. Tallahatchie (Danube): Named for a river in Alabama.
Tertiary (science)--Alexei (Alyosha) Ivanovich Strannik, Devidian found on Earth and raised (sort of) human. Appears in human form.
U.S.S. Chin'toka (Ushaan-class): Named for a significant Dominion War battle. I'm flying Alyosha in escorts though when I hit endgame I may also give him a Vesta. I'm undecided on whether I will roll the Chin'toka name over to the Vesta or not. He may well keep the name given that he graduated right into the Dominion War and he lost a lot of his graduating class in battle. (Yes, Alyosha cares about his crew and classmates, and no, they are NOT the MRE's. He has a device that supplies him with artificial neural energy he's able to live off of.)
It'll depend on whether I give up Alyosha's last escort after I start playing him on the Vesta.
His small craft (and the Vesta, if I don't carry over the name Chin'toka) will probably get a more "personal" name whenever he gets one...I can see a location in Russia, or a place considered sacred to the Orthodox Church, inspiring that ship's name.
Last character (tactical--KDF)--Jesror Krantak, Nausicaan
I.K.S. Fugh'li: I don't like the KDF. I have this character solely to farm dilithium. Hence I didn't even bother with "real" Klingon, and without further comment, let's just say the name should make my opinion perfectly clear.
The names of my characters' ships (and the reasoning behind them) are as follows:
Takeshi Yamato (Main): USS Raging Tempest (reflects his fighting style)
Nanoha Takamachi: USS Wolfram (this character is based on the protagonist of the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha franchise, and all names related to this character [BOffs and ships] come from the same franchise)
Shion Uzuki: USS Elsa (Xenosaga Naming Theme here)
Leonhardt "Leo" Raglan: USS Oathsworn (Record of Agarest War Generation 1 Naming Theme here)
I have other characters, but these are some of my main ones.
EDIT 10/19/2012: Added my newest Level 50 to the list.
I want to meet those ships and jsut stroll around!
Originally Posted by mirai222
Ginzuishou (Long Range Science Vessel Retrofit) - Tribute to Sailor Moon.
Radiant (Patrol Escort) - Continuing a line of shining/shimmering style names.
Fortitude (Odyssey Star Cruiser) - Sort of continues a line of names involving forts.
Hephaestus (Exploration Cruiser Retrofit) - For a Vulcan engineer. Get it? Vulcan engineer.
Opal Sea (Odyssey Star Cruiser) - Just sounded good for a Betazoid doctor.
Firebrand (Odyssey Star Cruiser) - Continuing a line of patriotic/revolutionary names, for a Bajoran.
Song of Horror (Kar'Fi Battle Carrier) - Continues a line of "Song of..." ships, including Song of Ire, Song of Malice, etc. For an Orion scientist.
Phantom Flare (Qin Heavy Raptor) - A stealthy blaster.
Tankertoy (Bortas Heavy Battle Cruiser) - A haven for a joined Trill engineer.
Kudos to you as well!
As for me in current use.
U.S.S. Eris (Long Range Science Vessel - Discovery-Class) Named for both the Greek Goddess of Chaos and the main Catian Heroine from Asobi ni iku Yo!/Cat Planet Cuties. My Engineer and his team of bouncy Bridge Bunnies love the Star Explorer Bridge on it. ^_^
I.K.S. Aral (Norgh-clas Bird of Prey) named for Aral Vorkosigan from a series of books. References and knowledge of the series gets you bonus points.