Ships so far:
U.S.S. Excalibur (Constitution-class starter)multiple references, including the ship Enterprise destroyed while controlled by M5)
U.S.S. Gandalf -- all science ships from T2-T5, each given a suffix letter progression.
U.S.S. Merlin -- science ship, VA-level science refit, Nebula-class
U.S.S. Patton -- WW2 General, Excelsior Class
U.S.S. McKinney -- city I currently live in in Texas, Galaxy-class
U.S.S. Glamdring -- Gandalf's sword in LOTR, Galaxy-X
USS Robert E. Lee - self explanatory in conjuction with my forum avatar
USS Confederation - same
USS Menahem Begin - named after one of the greatest politicians of Israel
USS David Ben Gurion - same
USS Vulture - for my Defiant refit, I needed something aggressive, ideally some bird of prey. I was thinking of Kestrel, Marauder and Eagle, but Vulture did strike me as best.
I'll only name the significant named ships for mine.
VA Althenia D'aran (Eng, Andorian):
USS Weyhtan (Cruiser, named after the Andorian colony)
USS Aurek Besh (Assault Cruiser, it's the written form of Basic in Star Wars)
USS Chesapeake Bay (Excelsior Retrofit, obvious)
VA Ishaka Menno (Tac, Alien/near-human):
USS Altair (Defiant Retrofit, Name of world in ST, and since in the fanfic concept she's from, the Altair was a Defiant)
USS Boyington (Gal-X, From same fanfic concept, same class as in fic. Named after Greg "Pappy" Boyington of the 214th Marine Fighter Division, the 'Black Sheep Squadron'.)
USS Black Sheep (Prometheus, another nod to Boyington and the squadron)
VA K'dara (Tac, Klingon)
USS Tornado (Fleet Escort. I'm something of a weather nerd sometimes, being from the north end of tornado alley)
VA M'iaria (Sci, Caitian)
USS Kitsune (Nova, Japanese for Fox, often considered intelligent in stories)
USS Far Star (Recon Sci. Named for the ORIGINAL reference in Star Wars EU, well before it was a SWG server, it was the captured Corellian Corvette used as an exploration/assault ship in the Darkstryder campaign for the original West End Games d6 Star Wars RPG.)
Some others have been renamed, or haven't been significant enough to be named, those are all the 'important' ones I could think of.
Althenia's Delta Flyer is named the USS Rollerskate only as a joke.
Rereading this thread made me stop at Identiaetlos' post, mentioning Gambier Bay. Makes me want to do a couple ships on a new alt sometime based on Taffy 3 and the Battle of Samar as well. The Johnston and the Samuel B. Roberts and their commanders especially deserve a nod, for bold actions taken by a little group of destroyers, destroyer escorts, and tiny escort carriers, to stop the Japanese main fleet (Including the Yamato, the largest battleship ever fielded, and which had as much gross tonnage by itself as ALL of the ships in Taffy 3 combined...) and save 200,000 US Marines.
U.S.S Patton (A through E)
After Major General George S. Patton (commanding officer of the US 3rd Army during WWII)
my ship for the FDC
U.S.S Roosevelt (runabout)
after my favorite president FDR
U.S.S Husky (type-8 shuttlecraft)
after operation Husky (the invasion of sicily during WWII)
All of my Ships have something to do with the base class of my toons. My actual main toon is a science officer. She flies most of the time science vessels. Her actual ship's name is USS Pulsar. Agressive names won't work for sci vessels, and I do not like famous people names, because a lot of other players alreaady uses them.
My former main was a tac. She commanded a exporation cruiser, with the name USS Unforgiven II (No, it has nothing to do with the Metallica song. There was befor that ship an USS Unforgiven. This one is just the successor.) The name came from the immersion of the toon.
U.S.S. Pegasus (NCC-93485-E): Star Cruiser named for the flying war horse of Perseus from Greek mythology he used to defeat the Kraken, etc. The sixth ship of the name consecutively numbered as I leveled and replaced each previous cruiser with it's successor. And, yes, I am aware that there was a Pegasus from TNG cannon, but that one never actually existed since it was an illegal test of cloaking technology for Starfleet; mine was created as a cover-up.
U.S.S. Perseus (NCC-93486): Retrofit Exploration Cruiser; just seemed fitting.
U.S.S. Prometheus (NCC-93487): Assault Cruiser; again, just fell in line with the Greek heroes theme.