I named my latest (Science) ship after the scientist Dr. Edward Pretorius from the Jeffrey Combs horror movie From Beyond. I took my ship's motto from that movie too, although I was very tempted to go with Jeffrey Combs' line "He was a GENIUS!"
I believe there was a mad scientist called Septimus Pretorius in The Bride of Frankenstein classic horror movie as well, so I named my runabout the Septimus.
there is some Boer leader named Pretorius, and a Roman named Septimus from actual history so it works that way too.
My Engi captain's Galaxy is named Yorkshire, as well. Much for the same reason. I'll be transferring him to the Lexington when he gets his Sov. Which will obviously be named for another famous WWII US aircraft carrier. Either that, or the Hornet.
My Prometheus is named the USS Perseus... think there's no need for explaination there, but it was just in keeping with great Greek mythological figures that the class is named after, and Perseus just happens to be one of my favorites.
I had the USS Nassau at one point. Not cuz I like the place in particular, but I sure do like the Sloop John B.
My father served on the Lex, and when she was decommissioned my hometown won the bid to permanently park her on the bayfront as a museum and convention center. Helps being a major navy city, and the last homeport of the ship while she was still in service. Lots of naval aviators from the Nam era on got certified on carrier landings just offshore on the Lex.