But the name did not go down with the ship, and a different mini-submarine that has been dubbed "Boaty McBoatface" is now heading out on its first mission to the Antarctic.
It is expected to be two years before the RRS Sir David Attenborough sets sail, but Boaty, a new type of autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), will depart from Chile today.
Unfortunately, officials rejected the proposal - instead naming the vessel after famous naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough - but they did agree to bless its autonomous underwater vehicle with the name.
The remote-controlled underwater research submarine that captivated the world a year ago is making its first ever trip this week to Antarctica to capture climate change data - and also our hearts.
Boaty McBoatface would receive 124,109 votes - an amount that was four times greater than the second-place finisher "RRS Poppy-Mai", which was inspired by a 16-month-old girl with terminal cancer.
We wish Boaty a safe journey. Probably anticipating a number of haughty choices like "Queen Anne's Champion of Fire" or "Ice Princess", the NERC instead were instead gifted with a decidedly less elegant winning option: Boaty McBoatface.
Killjoy Science Minister Jo Johnson decided the name wasn't appropriate Why wasn't the ship called Boaty McBoatface? By mapping the flow of Antarctic Bottom Water (AABW) within the 11,500-foot (3,500 meter) deep Orkney Passage, the researchers are hoping to understand how these important deep sea currents are being affected by climate change.
BBC Jersey radio presenter James Hand was the one behind the simple, silly name - but he insisted afterwards it wasn't all down to him.
The National Oceanography Centre created a cartoon of Boaty to help teach children about oceanography and ocean exploration, according to the Guardian.
The lead scientist Prof Alberto Naveira Garabato, from the University of Southampton, said: "The Orkney Passage is a key choke-point to the flow of abyssal waters in which we expect the mechanism linking changing winds to abyssal water warming to operate". Shifting winds off Antarctica may increase such turbulence, the university said, sucking in heat from shallower ocean layers and sending it toward the Equator to affect climate change.