In the Star Trek: TNG Episode "Man of the People", we have these lines:

TROI: Computer today's appointment calendar.

COMPUTER: Oh nine hundred hours, counselling session with Ensign Janeway. Ten hundred hours, counselling session with

TROI: Cancel them. [...]

I assume there is no in-universe relationship between this Ensign and Capt. Janeway. (If so, what?)

Assuming not, what is the significance of this name? Does the name 'Janeway' have some special meaning for some member of the writing or production staff?

  • It's very likely the two are one in the same. TNG ends on year 2370, Voyager starts it's mission the next year (2371). So it's very possible Janeway is still an Ensign during the events of this episode.
    – onewho
    Jul 27 '15 at 18:48
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    @onewho - That would be one hell of a promotion. Alas, it conflicts with what we know about Captain Janeway's career.
    – Valorum
    Jul 27 '15 at 19:07
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    Seems rather less likely to me that she'd go from a junior ensign in 2369 to a captain in 2371.
    – TZHX
    Jul 27 '15 at 19:08
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    @onewho, promotions aside, you can bet that if Capt. Janeway had ever served on the Enterprise, it would have been mentioned in Voyager at some point. Forget extended canon. Jul 27 '15 at 19:22
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    @ThePopMachine No, Abrahms-Kirk did it, and even then it required the whim of Captain Pike leading to him saving the world. Soft serve is not ice cream.
    – Politank-Z
    Jul 27 '15 at 19:46

TL;DR: As of yet, there is no known relationship between the two women (beyond the shared surname), although it's possible both owe their name to Jeri Taylor.

Ensign Janeway (first name unknown) was a Sciences officer serving aboard the NCC-1701-D in the year 2369. We do not know anything else about her, save her appearance and the fact that her duties involved running a diagnostic on the sensor panels. This fact may indicate that she was in Astrometrics, although that is speculation.

In that same year, Kathryn Janeway (of USS Voyager fame) was already a Captain commanding the Oberth-class science vessel USS Bonestell, her first command - a fact which excluded her as Jean-Luc Picard's top choice to replace Commander Riker should he accept command of the USS Aries earlier that year.

As for special meaning, Jeri Taylor has gone on record1 as saying that the VOY captain was originally going to be named "Elizabeth Janeway" after the author of the same name, but could not be used for legal reasons and was changed. Several writers worked on TNG's "Man of the People" (despite not having credits)2, and Jeri Taylor was writing for TNG at that time, so it's entirely possible that she wrote Act III and simply used the name in both cases.

1: Star Trek: Voyager - A Vision of the Future
2: Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages

Now Let's Speculate!

That said, there ARE some striking similarities between the two, so let's have fun speculating about an in-universe relationship:

  • Both serve in Starfleet
  • Both share the same build, face shape, and hair color
  • Both are Caucasian and have accents from the Midwestern US
  • Both share an affinity for the Sciences Division

All of this is likely just a coincidence, but Captain Janeway does have a sister named Phoebe, who is four years younger. If we do some number-crunching, we know that Janeway left high school around 19 years before 2373 (when she gave up tennis). That means she was roughly 37 when Voyager made it back to the Alpha Quadrant. This would have put her about 27 in 2369, with her sister then being 23. Well, hey - what do you know? Ensign Janeway appears to be in her early-to-mid 20's in 2369. Could Ensign Janeway be Phoebe?

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Note: Out-of-universe, there's no way the physical similarities are anything but a coincidence. The TNG episode "Man of the People" aired at least two years before Kate Mulgrew had even auditioned for the role of Kathryn Janeway.

  • The ensign could have been Stanley Janeway.
    – Ihor Sypko
    Jul 27 '15 at 19:52
  • @Omegacron: I didn't realize that speaking role was Janeway. How do we know that? Jul 27 '15 at 19:55
  • @ThePopMachine credits on the TNG episode. Actress Lucy Boryer played "Ensign Janeway" and that is Lucy Boryer.
    – Omegacron
    Jul 27 '15 at 20:07
  • @Omegacron: No answer to the main aspect of the question: Does the name 'Janeway' have some special meaning for some member of the writing or production staff? Jul 28 '15 at 20:18
  • Out of universe, Geneviève Bujold was originally cast to play Janeway. Kate Mulgrew was cast at the last minute when they decided that Bujold wouldn't work out.
    – Kenster
    Jul 28 '15 at 21:10

It is possible that the characters are the same in person the timeline, however using the same actress in TNG and voyager would require royalties being paid to that episodes writers in much the same way as lacarno/paris. The only difference being they used the same actor for lacarno and paris so they had to change the name to make the character sufficiantly different to avoid royalties.

  • Surely Ensign Janeway doesn't appear, so there is no actress.
    – Chenmunka
    Jul 28 '16 at 14:11
  • @Chenmunka: What do you mean by that? Sep 4 '20 at 15:47

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