Meanings of minor planet names: 120001–121000

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As minor planet discoveries are confirmed, they are given a permanent number by the IAU's Minor Planet Center, and the discoverers can then submit names for them, following the IAU's naming conventions. The list below concerns those minor planets in the specified span of numbers that have received names, and explains the meanings of those names. Besides the Minor Planet Circulars (in which the citations are published), a key source is Lutz D. Schmadel's Dictionary of Minor Planet Names. Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.

Minor planets not yet given a name have not been included in this list.

Name Provisional Designation Source of Name
120038 Franlainsher 2003 BR1 Frances Fisher, former wife of the discoverer, and her sister, Elaine Fisher
120040 Pagliarini 2003 BF5 Silvano Pagliarini, Italian amateur astronomer, builder of the public amateur observatory "Padre Angelo Secchi" in Castelnovo Sotto
120103 Dolero 2003 FW6 Dominique Lherault, maiden name of the discoverer's wife
120120 Kankelborg 2003 FM84 Charles Kankelborg, American astrophysicist
120141 Lucaslara 2003 GO21 Lucas Lara Garrido, Spanish astrophysicist
120174 Jeffjenny 2003 KM3 Jeffrey and Jennifer, son and daughter of the discoverer
120299 Billlynch 2004 JL28 Bill Lynch (b. 1962) has worked tirelessly for many years assisting amateur and professional astronomers with their CCD cameras and related equipment.
120347 Salacia 2004 SB60 Salacia, Roman goddess of salt water, Neptune’s wife.
120349 Kalas 2004 XC42 John and Elizabeth Kalas are active in proselytizing the night sky at public events
120361 Guido 2005 NZ Ernesto Guido, Italian amateur astronomer, discoverer of several minor planets
120375 Kugel 2005 PB6 François Kugel, comet observer
120405 Svyatylivka 2005 SQ4 Svyatylivka, Ukraine, one of the headquarters of the Cossack army since the 17th century
120460 Hambach 1990 TD7 The Hambach Festival of 1832, held in the Maxburg castle above the village of Hambach, Germany, where some 30 000 liberals and democrats demonstrated in favour of a free and united Germany
120481 Johannwalter 1992 SP17 Johann Walter, 16th-century German cantor, director of the Saxon court orchestra, who wrote the melody of the hymn Each morning with its newborn light
120569 Huangrunqian 1995 FU20 Huang Runqian, Chinese astrophysicist and academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
120735 Ogawakiyoshi 1997 TD11 Kiyoshi Ogawa, member of Matsue Astronomy Club
120942 Rendafuzhong 1998 TB18 Rendafuzhong is the high school affiliated with Renmin University, located in Beijing Zhongguancun Technology Park
Preceded by
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 120,001–121,000
Succeeded by