USS Newcastle - cause i'm a geordie boy... (from newcastle upon tyne in the uk for any non uk readers)
which makes the next name seem strange
USS Trafford - i'm a man utd fan.. (i know, my parents have disowned me)
USS Dark Father - a nod to Darth Vader....
USS Vendetta - i'd just got finished watching godfather pt II when i bought that one
USS Sparta - was named by the game... loved it, kept it (and yet never flew it)
USS Proteus - a early sea god, who homer named "the old man of the sea"
My ship names are usually based off of their class. My modified Constitution-class was the USS Madison (after James Madison, the man who proposed the Bill of Rights). My Galaxy-class Exploration Cruiser is the USS Magellan, after both the explorer, and the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy.