Kobayashi Maru (小林丸) is a possible, but not typical Japanese name for a ship. Kobayashi (小林) is a typical Japanese surname which means "small forest" and Maru (丸) means circle shape and is used to designate commercial ships or fishing boats in modern times, and military ships such as Kanrin Maru in pre-Modern era (before Meiji revolution), swords such as Oni Maru and Hiza Maru, castles such as Sanada Maru, horses, dogs, or any properties.
The term Kobayashi Maru, therefore, may be named after its owner's name, but no meaning such as "place" or "death".
Original Research/speculation. — Morder (talk) 02:21, September 24, 2009 (UTC)