Without starships, it would not be possible for the United Federation of Planets to exist. Warp capability is the defining feature of a civilization reaching a certain level in the galaxy. It opens whole new worlds and changes, whole peoples.
In Star Trek ships are often named for figures out of history or mythology, and each warp-capable species has different naming conventions. Consider who built the ship, and its role or function when brainstorming!
Good Star Trek Ship Names
A good ship name should be memorable, have personality, or reflect on the nature of her crew.
The Glorious is a battered, old cruiser held together with spit and prayers. Still, Captain Alonz wouldn’t have any other rust bucket carrying his sorry bones through space. Only old Glory will do.
A medium sized ship designed for war, the Sagittarius has seen several battles and been instrumental in winning at least two. She is known for the accuracy and range of her armaments.
Rhapsody is as beautiful as her name. This pleasure craft is the personal property of Ambassador Xal’tec and has seen more than its fair share of fundraisers and other events. Some are less savoury than others, unfortunately. It’s all in the ship’s data core.
War should never be this beautiful, but the Excalibur is exactly that: a beautiful weapon of war. She has yet to test her edge or bloody herself in active combat, but when she does she will be something beautiful and terrible to behold!
The U.S.S. Visitor has the distinction of being the craft to make First Contact with not one but two rising civilizations. Captain Vance is hoping to increase that number to three with the next mission, her last b effort she retires…
- Black Sparrow
The Proximo is, ironically, first and foremost a long range research vessel. Her scanners are top of the line, and the Chief Engineer has managed to boost them even further than specs suggest possible. Of course, that just means she finds all the more trouble…
- New Hope
- The Pelican
Fast and manoeuvrable, Dart is the favorite shuttle on board the Sagittarius. They should all be identical, but the crew gave each one a name and that’s led to there being favourites. Not to mention fights over who gets which shuttle when.
What makes a good ship name, in your opinion? Do you think a ship’s name should reflect its character, run counter to its character, or simply be random and fun? What is your favorite ship in Star Trek? How do you come up with your ship names? Let us know in the comments!