Perhaps A.G. Robinson from ENT's "First Flight"?
I suspect a Trek-centric name after the USS James T. Kirk in RBoE.
I suspect you're right about point one.
As for naming a starship directly after Kirk himself when there's still an Enterprise
in the spacelanes...am I the only reader who finds that slightly off somehow?
Apologies to DRG III for my discomfort - best word for the reaction I had - with the idea, but it's there and I had to confess to it. You can't manage the emotion without owning up to it, right?