What's the origin of the name U.S.S. Orville (in and out of universe) in the upcoming Seth MacFarlane Star Trek comedy/spoof The Orville?

(Is it related to Orville Wright)?

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Per this tweet from series writer/director Seth MacFarlane, the ship is named after Orville Wright of "Wright Brothers" fame

Q. Seth, why did you call it the Orville?

Seth Macfarlane: I was reading David McCullough's Wright brothers biography while writing the pilot. Seemed fitting.

  • Not Capt. Howard Thomas Orville of the U. S. Navy?
    – user14111
    Aug 1, 2017 at 11:18
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    @User14111 - Nor, disappointingly, is it named after Orville the Duck.
    – Valorum
    Aug 1, 2017 at 11:35
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    Could've sworn it was to honor the late Orville Redenbacher.
    – jwodder
    Aug 1, 2017 at 12:45
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    I guess "The Wilbur" didn't have the same ring to it. Aug 1, 2017 at 14:39
  • Not Orville Redenbacher, either. So disappointing.
    – T.J.L.
    Aug 6, 2018 at 15:27

Based on the presence of a model of the Wright brothers' airplane the Wright Flyer on Mercer's desk in multiple episodes, I would say yes, it is named for Orville Wright

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Seth MacFarlane is an scientifically literate person. There are 2 situations that came to mind.

1 - The d'Orville Euclid, dated 888, is the earliest "complete" manuscript of Euclid'sOffsite Link ElementsOffsite Link, and, according to the Bodleian Library exhibition catalogue, The Survival of Greek Literature, it is the oldest manuscript of a classical Greek author to bear a date.

2 - Orville Wright was the youngest of the Wright brothers, that made the first plane.

I think I'm not too far from the truth.


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