Here are some good names for ships
Lusitainia wait thats taken
Amerika was a ship, as was Virginian (read the lists of other ships involved with Titanic), Saxonia II was also a ship. Virginia was, to my understanding, a US battleship sometime in the Cold War (West Virginia was at Pearl Harbor), Runic was apparently the ship Cheif Officer Wilde was to be transferred to and I believe I saw a tug in Southampton called the Triton last year.
I'm all for the Name Briannic, as it is indeed my first name. Alex got it wrong, although i am commonly called Breanna. I like the name Glassic, Evassic or maybe just Classic?? Thats if these names dont already exist.
Consider the contemporary appeal, particularly with the ancient Mesopotamian ship "Wild Flying Cow" or the 19th century White Star cattle freighter "Bovic." Both were appropriate; the ancient vessel named for the venerated animal, and the 19th century freighter named in the classical tradition for its cargo.
In regards to Gigantic, consider the same. In 1911 it was a great name, bearing the stamp of ancient legend with imposition of size, much like its sisters named for the mountain home of the gods and their contenders. Compared to Gigantic, Leviathan sounds rather Chautaqua.
I always thought the White Star Line struggled a little in the whole name department... Ceramic, Calgaric, Traffic, Medic, Magnetic, Bardic.... I guess there were worse "ic" names though that they could've used... I still think Patriotic would've been a good name for those post-World War I years.
As for other lines, Matson's Malolo and Hapag's Blucher (always reminds me of "Young Frankenstein") and Ypiranga are all pretty bad... And then all of the Carnival ones, which are apparently just coming short of being adult movie titles...
Then some of those dam HAL boats (by that i mean "-dam" of course)... Zaandam, Oosterdam, Zuiderdam...
In the first folder for this thread, several of us had engaged in a light discussion of some of the more unbelievable names for ships. Of course, one particular ET member, known for his humor, contributed many possibly erroneous names to the list.
I was reminded of his wit recently when a friend showed me an old photo of a ship in harbor called the "Slutera." I just couldn't help but imagine the nickname for that boat!
I don't think I've seen any ships/boats named badly enough to contribute anything to this, but when my brother was younger and in one of his earlier White Star Line spells... he came up with some possible names for fictitious WSL Liners:
Okay... they aren't good at all... and now me and my brother's list of satirical Carnival ships - after they started the Spirit class their names got a little ridiculous... and things seem expected to get worse after "CARNIVAL MIRACLE!!!1!1!"
I don't mind the Gothic so much...it conjures up images of Gothic and Gothic Revivial architecture. Grand, sweeping cathedrals and arches etc. Of course, I'm not adverse to the literary movement so skewered by Jane Austen in 'Northanger Abbey" either.
Ceramic seems a little odd in the context of a ship's name, but it's not unpleasant...it's rather pretty, and has some nice connotations, if perhaps a touch fragile (like 'porcelain'). But then, I'm very fond of the old Ceramic - as were many of her crew. I have some very nice copies of photos taken aboard her.
Runic is another one that I'm quite fond of for the connotations of the word. Every time I see it a line or two of Henry Kendall's poetry rattles through my head in fairly disjointed fashion:
"...For the paths are grown over, untrodden by men now;
Shut your ears, stranger,” saith the grey mother, crooning
Her sorcery runic, when sets the half-moon in.