^ Ya gotta name 'em somethin'. You could just as easily run into a martial culture that has the same kind of reaction to scientists or whatever.
ALIEN: Welcome to our system. I see your ship is well-armed; we respect that. Hmm... USS Gandhi.
What is the origin of that name?
SF CAPTAIN: Gandhi was a renowned pacifist from our history who helped win independence for his nation through non-violent civil disobedience.
ALIEN: Pacifist? Pacifists are a scourge on the galaxy! Prepare to die!
So I'd say just name the ships after whatever you want to name them after, because you're not going to be able to control someone else's reaction to any given name.