I designed the Archer class ship, so I discussed ship names a bit with Marco Palmieri, the editor behind the books. The name of the ship in the books was USS Sagittarius
, so I think all ships were named after famous archers. Unless the captain of the USS Enterprise
(NX-01) was famously handy with a bow and arrow, I suspect the ships of the class weren't named after him. In fact, I suspect the class is like some UK Royal Navy classes that are named for a theme (e.g., Tribal class, County class) rather than for the lead ship (that is, there is no USS Archer
). On Deviant Art, lots of CG artists have done scenes with Archer class ships and have given them such names as Rama
, and Scythia
. So archer names are on the right track, I think.