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This question:

Are there starships in Star Trek that we know are named after women?

inspires me to ask about starships that we know are named after men. If the name of a starship is an Earth surname, it is natural for contemporary audiences to assume it is named after a famous Earth MAN with that surname living before the present (2018 at the moment). But it is also possible that the ship might be named after a famous woman with that surname, possibly one living between the present and the era(s) of Star Trek.

So how many starships in Star Trek are certainly named after men?

  • define "starship". Also - only the shows tagged or do you mean for the entire canon (film/tv) body of work? – NKCampbell Mar 9 '18 at 19:02
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    USS Agamemnon, USS Ajax, USS Albert Einstein, USS Apollo, USS Archer, USS Armstrong etc etc. It's probably easier to ask which starships aren't named after men or male gods – Valorum Mar 9 '18 at 19:10
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    @Valorum. Yeah. And many are undeniably unambiguous: USS Albert Einstein, USS James Fennimore Cooper, USS John F Kennedy, USS Neil Armstrong, USS Neils Bohr, USS Robert Louis Stevenson, USS Sherlock Holmes, USS Yuri Gagarin – ThePopMachine Mar 9 '18 at 19:15
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    @MatthewBarclay - Meh. I struggled to care. A simple search would have revealed the answer (see below) in less than a few seconds. – Valorum Mar 9 '18 at 19:25
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There are many per the list linked by @Valorum.

But the following are quite unambiguous:

  • USS Albert Einstein
  • USS Crazy Horse
  • USS Elmer Fudd
  • USS Farouk El-Baz
  • USS James Fennimore Cooper
  • USS John F. Kennedy
  • USS John Muir
  • USS Max Plank [sic s/b Planck]
  • USS Neil Armstrong
  • USS Neils Bohr
  • USS Robert Louis Stevenson
  • USS Sherlock Holmes
  • USS Thomas Paine
  • USS Yuri Gagarin

This is not even including those that are almost certainly supposed to be named after male mythological entities:

E.g. Apollo, Hermes, Prometheus, Ulysses

And not including those that are almost certainly supposed to be named after notable historical surnames that are almost certainly supposed to be based on specific male historical figures:

E.g. Archer, Armstrong, Bradbury, Chekov, Cochrane, Cooper, Copernicus, Cortez, Crockett, Drake, Edison, Farragut, Fleming, Glenn, Gorkon, Grissom, Hood, Hoover, Horatio, Kelvin, Korolev, Livingston, Magellan, Nash, Pasteur, Potemkin, Profokiev, Roosevelt, Rutledge, Sarek, Shepard, Shran, Suleiman, Tolstoy, Truman, Tsiolkovsky, Tycho, Wellington, Yamaguchi, Yeager.

Here I've bolded certain names that, because their association with astronomy, discovery, aeronautics, or their origin in the Star Trek universe, I consider to be obviously based on the obvious well-known male figure.

(I mean, come on. We don't know there wasn't a 22nd century Andorian woman named Elmer Fudd either so I don't see why we should consider a full name to be any more conclusive than Shran, Sarek, or Yeager)

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    USS Grissom, from Wrath of Khan, surely named after American astronaut "Gus" Grissom, one of the Apollo 1 victims. – Zeiss Ikon Mar 9 '18 at 19:22
  • The DaVinci from the Corps of Engineers books – VBartilucci Mar 9 '18 at 19:24
  • @ZeissIkon - Unless it's named after Shannon Grissom, the famous artist. – Valorum Mar 9 '18 at 19:24
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    @ZeissIkon There are a LOT of starships whose names almost certainly come from a man's last name, but the OP explicitly stated that they wouldn't accept last names as evidence as the name could be shared with a (presumably yet to become famous) woman. – ApproachingDarknessFish Mar 9 '18 at 19:28
  • @ApproachingDarknessFish: Well, yeah, I said I didn't include them :) No harm to extra info. – ThePopMachine Mar 9 '18 at 19:35

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