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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    I'm going with Seth's a huge fan of popcorn. – Paul Sep 25 '17 at 18:24
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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 '17 at 11:18
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    @User14111 - Nor, disappointingly, is it named after Orville the Duck. – Valorum Aug 1 '17 at 11:35
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    Could've sworn it was to honor the late Orville Redenbacher. – jwodder Aug 1 '17 at 12:45
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    I guess "The Wilbur" didn't have the same ring to it. – Z. Cochrane Aug 1 '17 at 14:39
  • Not Orville Redenbacher, either. So disappointing. – T.J.L. Aug 6 '18 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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