Meanings of minor planet names: 1501–2000

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This is a list of the sources of minor planet names. Those meanings marked with an asterisk (*) are guesswork, and should be checked against Lutz D. Schmadel's Dictionary of Minor Planet Names or Paul Herget's The Names of the Minor Planets (marked [H]) to ensure that the identification is correct. Names established from other sources should quote the reference.

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

Name Provisional Designation Source of Name
1501–1600
1501 Baade 1938 UJ Walter Baade, German astronomer
1502 Arenda 1938 WB Sylvain Julien Victor Arend, Belgian astronomer [H]
1503 Kuopio 1938 XD Kuopio, Finland
1504 Lappeenranta 1939 FM Lappeenranta, Finland
1505 Koranna 1939 HH The Koranna, a tribe of Bushmen from the Kalahari Desert [H]
1506 Xosa 1939 JC Xhosa people of Africa [H]
1507 Vaasa 1939 RD Vaasa, Finland
1508 Kemi 1938 UP Kemi, Finland
1509 Esclangona 1938 YG Ernest Esclangon, French astronomer [H]
1510 Charlois 1939 DC Auguste Charlois, French astronomer
1511 Daléra 1939 FB Paul Daléra, friend of discoverer [H]
1512 Oulu 1939 FE Oulu, Finland, birthplace of discoverer [H]
1513 Mátra 1940 EB Mátra, a mountain range in Hungary
1514 Ricouxa 1906 UR *
1515 Perrotin 1936 VG Joseph Athanase Perrotin, French astronomer
1516 Henry 1938 BG Paul and Prosper Henry, French astronomers
1517 Beograd 1938 FD Belgrade, Serbia, discoverer's native city [H]
1518 Rovaniemi 1938 UA Rovaniemi, Finland
1519 Kajaani 1938 UB Kajaani, Finland
1520 Imatra 1938 UY Imatra, Finland
1521 Seinäjoki 1938 UB1 Seinäjoki, Finland
1522 Kokkola 1938 WO Kokkola, Finland
1523 Pieksämäki 1939 BC Pieksämäki, Finland
1524 Joensuu 1939 SB Joensuu, Finland
1525 Savonlinna 1939 SC Savonlinna, Finland
1526 Mikkeli 1939 TF Mikkeli, Finland
1527 Malmquista 1939 UG Gunnar Malmquist, Swedish astronomer [H]
1528 Conrada 1940 CA Fritz Conrad, admiral in the German Navy during World War II [H]
1529 Oterma 1938 BC Liisi Oterma, Finnish astronomer
1530 Rantaseppä 1938 SG Hilkka Rantaseppä (Hilkka Rantaseppä-Helenius), Finnish astronomer
1531 Hartmut 1938 SH Hartmut Neckel, grandson of discoverer
1532 Inari 1938 SM Lake Inari, Finland
1533 Saimaa 1939 BD Lake Saimaa, Finland
1534 Näsi 1939 BK Lake Näsi, Finland
1535 Päijänne 1939 RC Lake Päijänne, in Päijänne National Park, Finland
1536 Pielinen 1939 SE Lake Pielinen, in Koli National Park, Finland
1537 Transylvania 1940 QA Transylvania, Romania
1538 Detre 1940 RF László Detre, Hungarian astronomer
1539 Borrelly 1940 UB Alphonse Louis Nicolas Borrelly, French astronomer
1540 Kevola 1938 WK Kevola, Kevola Observatory in Finland operated by Hilkka Rantaseppä
1541 Estonia 1939 CK Estonia [H]
1542 Schalén 1941 QE Carl Schalén, Swedish astronomer
1543 Bourgeois 1941 SJ Paul Bourgeois, Belgian astronomer
1544 Vinterhansenia 1941 UK Julie Marie Vinter Hansen, Danish astronomer [H]
1545 Thernöe 1941 UW Karl August Oscar Thernøe, Danish astronomer
1546 Izsák 1941 SG1 Imre Gyula Izsák, Hungarian astronomer
1547 Nele 1929 CZ Nele, wife of folk-hero Till Eulenspiegel
1548 Palomaa 1935 FK Matti Herman Palomaa, Finnish chemist [H]
1549 Mikko 1937 GA Mikko Arthur Levander, Finnish pastor, amateur astronomer, and father-in-law of discoverer [H]
1550 Tito 1937 WD Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslav leader [H]
1551 Argelander 1938 DC1 Friedrich Wilhelm August Argelander, German astronomer [H]
1552 Bessel 1938 DE1 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel, German astronomer and mathematician [H]
1553 Bauersfelda 1940 AD Walther Bauersfeld, German engineer, designer of the Zeiss planetaria [H]
1554 Yugoslavia 1940 RE Yugoslavia, discoverer's fatherland [H]
1555 Dejan 1941 SA Son of Petar Đurković, Yugoslav astronomer [H]
1556 Wingolfia 1942 AA Wingolf, a fraternity at Heidelberg University [H]
1557 Roehla 1942 AD Lars Ruehl, Swedish-German doctor in Heidelberg, in gratitude for restoring the discoverer's health [H]
1558 Järnefelt 1942 BD Gustaf Järnefelt, Finnish astronomer
1559 Kustaanheimo 1942 BF Paul Kustaanheimo, Finnish astronomer
1560 Strattonia 1942 XB Frederick John Marrian Stratton, British astronomer [H]
1561 Fricke 1941 CG Walter Ernst Fricke, German astronomer
1562 Gondolatsch 1943 EE Friedrich Gondolatsch, German astronomer
1563 Noël 1943 EG Emanuel Arend, the discoverer's son [H]
1564 Srbija 1936 TB Serbia (first minor planet discovered from Belgrade) [H]
1565 Lemaître 1948 WA Canon Georges Lemaître, Belgian astronomer
1566 Icarus 1949 MA Icarus, mythological Greek aeronaut
1567 Alikoski 1941 HN Heikki A. Alikoski, observatory assistant at Turku Observatory in Finland
1568 Aisleen 1946 QB Wife of discoverer
1569 Evita 1948 PA Eva Perón, First Lady of Argentina
1570 Brunonia 1948 TX Brown University
1571 Cesco 1950 FJ Reynaldo Cesco and Carlos Ulrrico Cesco, Argentine astronomers [S&T, Dec 1982, p. 542]
1572 Posnania 1949 SC Poznań, Poland
1573 Väisälä 1949 UA Yrjö Väisälä, Finnish astronomer
1574 Meyer 1949 FD G. Meyer, French astronomer*
1575 Winifred 1950 HH Winifred Sawtell Cameron, American planetary geologist*
1576 Fabiola 1948 SA Fabiola de Mora y Aragón, former Queen of Belgium
1577 Reiss 1949 BA Guy Reiss, French astronomer
1578 Kirkwood 1951 AT Daniel Kirkwood, American astronomer
1579 Herrick 1948 SB Samuel Herrick, American astronomer and mathematician
1580 Betulia 1950 KA Wife of Samuel Herrick
1581 Abanderada 1950 LA1 Spanish for leader carrying a banner, in honour of Eva Perón
1582 Martir 1950 LY Spanish for martyr, in honour of Eva Perón
1583 Antilochus 1950 SA Antilochus, mythological Greek warrior
1584 Fuji 1927 CR Mount Fuji, Japan
1585 Union 1947 RG Union Observatory, Johannesburg
1586 Thiele 1939 CJ Thorvald Nicolai Thiele, Danish astronomer
1587 Kahrstedt 1933 FS1 Albrecht Kahrstedt, German astronomer
1588 Descamisada 1951 MH Spanish for shirtless (worker), in honour of Eva Perón
1589 Fanatica 1950 RK Spanish for fanatical woman, in honour of Eva Perón
1590 Tsiolkovskaja 1933 NA Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Russian rocket scientist
1591 Baize 1951 KA Paul Baize, French physician and amateur astronomer
1592 Mathieu 1951 LA Grandchild of discoverer
1593 Fagnes 1951 LB Hautes Fagnes, plateau in Belgium
1594 Danjon 1949 WA André Danjon, French astronomer
1595 Tanga 1930 ME Tanga, Tanzania
1596 Itzigsohn 1951 EV Miguel Itzigsohn, Argentinian astronomer
1597 Laugier 1949 EB Marguerite Laugier, French astronomer
1598 Paloque 1950 CA Émile Paloque, French astronomer
1599 Giomus 1950 WA Gien-sur-Loire, France
1600 Vyssotsky 1947 UC Emma Vyssotsky, American astronomer
1601–1700
1601 Patry 1942 KA André Patry, French astronomer
1602 Indiana 1950 GF Indiana and Indiana University
1603 Neva 1926 VH Neva, river running through Saint Petersburg
1604 Tombaugh 1931 FH Clyde Tombaugh, American astronomer; 1931 FH was amongst the numerous asteroids recorded by Tombaugh during the search for Pluto
1605 Milankovitch 1936 GA Milutin Milanković, Serbian astronomer
1606 Jekhovsky 1950 RH Benjamin Jekhovsky, Russian-born French astronomer
1607 Mavis 1950 RA Wife of Jacobus Albertus Bruwer, South African astronomer
1608 Muñoz 1951 RZ F. A. Muñoz, astronomer*
1609 Brenda 1951 NL Granddaughter of discoverer
1610 Mirnaya 1928 RT Russian for peaceful
1611 Beyer 1950 DJ Max Beyer, German astronomer
1612 Hirose 1950 BJ Hideo Hirose (広瀬秀雄), Japanese astronomer
1613 Smiley 1950 SD Charles Hugh Smiley, American astronomer †
1614 Goldschmidt 1952 HA Hermann Mayer Salomon Goldschmidt, astronomer
1615 Bardwell 1950 BW Conrad Bardwell, American astronomer
1616 Filipoff 1950 EA Lionel Filipoff, astronomer
1617 Alschmitt 1952 FB Alfred Schmitt, French astronomer
1618 Dawn 1948 NF Granddaughter of discoverer
1619 Ueta 1953 TA Jo Ueta (上田穣), Japanese astronomer
1620 Geographos 1951 RA National Geographic Society
1621 Druzhba 1926 TM Russian for friendship
1622 Chacornac 1952 EA Jean Chacornac, French astronomer
1623 Vivian 1948 PL Daughter of William Parkinson Hirst, South African astronomer
1624 Rabe 1931 TT1 Eugene Rabe, American astronomer
1625 The NORC 1953 RB NORC (Naval Ordnance Research Calculator)
1626 Sadeya 1927 AA Sociedad Astronómica de España y America
1627 Ivar 1929 SH Late brother of discoverer
1628 Strobel 1923 OG Willy Strobel, German astronomer
1629 Pecker 1952 DB Jean-Claude Pecker, French astronomer
1630 Milet 1952 DA Bernard Milet, French astronomer
1631 Kopff 1936 UC August Kopff, German astronomer
1632 Sieböhme 1941 DF Siegfried Böhme, German astronomer
1633 Chimay 1929 EC Chimay, Belgium
1634 Ndola 1935 QP Ndola, Zambia
1635 Bohrmann 1924 QW Alfred Bohrmann, German astronomer
1636 Porter 1950 BH Jermain Gildersleeve Porter and John Guy Porter, British amateur astronomers
1637 Swings 1936 QO Pol Swings, Belgian astronomer
1638 Ruanda 1935 JF Ruanda-Urundi [MPC 5182]
1639 Bower 1951 RB Ernest Clare Bower, American mathematician and astronomer (Pluto's orbit)
1640 Nemo 1951 QA Captain Nemo, fictional character
1641 Tana 1935 OJ Tana River, Kenya
1642 Hill 1951 RU George William Hill, American mathematician and astronomer [1]
1643 Brown 1951 RQ Ernest William Brown, British astronomer
1644 Rafita 1935 YA Late son of discoverer
1645 Waterfield 1933 OJ Reginald Lawson Waterfield and William Francis Herschel Waterfield, British astronomers
1646 Rosseland 1939 BG Svein Rosseland, Norwegian astrophysicist
1647 Menelaus 1957 MK Menelaus, mythological Greek king
1648 Shajna 1935 RF Grigory Abramovich Shajn, Russian astronomer, husband of the discoverer; , Pelageya Shajn, Russian astronomer[2]
1649 Fabre 1951 DE Hervé Fabre, French astronomer
1650 Heckmann 1937 TG Otto Heckmann, German astronomer
1651 Behrens 1936 HD Johann Gerhard Behrens, German astronomer
1652 Hergé 1953 PA Hergé (Georges Remi), Belgian cartoonist
1653 Yakhontovia 1937 RA Nataliya Sergeevna Samoilova-Yakhontova, Russian astronomer
1654 Bojeva 1931 TL Nina Fedorovna Bojeva, Russian astronomer
1655 Comas Solá 1929 WG Josep Comas Solà, Catalan astronomer
1656 Suomi 1942 EC Finland
1657 Roemera 1961 EA Elizabeth Roemer, American astronomer
1658 Innes 1953 NA Robert Thorburn Ayton Innes, Scottish amateur-turned-professional astronomer and first director of the Transvaal (afterwards Union) Observatory
1659 Punkaharju 1940 YL Punkaharju, Finland
1660 Wood 1953 GA Harry Edwin Wood, South African astronomer
1661 Granule A916 FA Gall's granule (also known as a "Gall body"), a feature of lymphocytes discovered by Edward Gall
1662 Hoffmann A923 RB Irmtraud Hoffmann, daughter-in-law of discoverer
1663 van den Bos 1926 PE Willem Hendrik van den Bos, Dutch astronomer
1664 Felix 1929 CD Felix Timmermans, Belgian writer
1665 Gaby 1930 DQ Gaby Reinmuth, daughter-in-law of discoverer
1666 van Gent 1930 OG Hendrik van Gent, Dutch astronomer
1667 Pels 1930 SY G. Pels, computational assistant at Sterrewacht Leiden (Leiden Observatory)
1668 Hanna 1933 OK Hanna Reinmuth, daughter-in-law of discoverer
1669 Dagmar 1934 RS Dagmar, female given name
1670 Minnaert 1934 RZ Marcel Gilles Jozef Minnaert, Belgian astronomer
1671 Chaika 1934 TD Russian for seagull, in honour of Valentina Tereshkova
1672 Gezelle 1935 BD Guido Gezelle, Flemish poet
1673 van Houten 1937 TH Cornelis Johannes van Houten, Dutch astronomer
1674 Groeneveld 1938 DS Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld, Dutch astronomer
1675 Simonida 1938 FB A gracious Serbian Queen Simonida from the Middle Ages
1676 Kariba 1939 LC Kariba Lake, Zambia/Zimbabwe
1677 Tycho Brahe 1940 RO Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer
1678 Hveen 1940 YH Hven (Hveen), island in Oresund with Tycho Brahe's castle Uraniborg and observatory Stjerneborg
1679 Nevanlinna 1941 FR Rolf Herman Nevanlinna, Finnish mathematician
1680 Per Brahe 1942 CH Per Brahe, 17th century governor-general of Finland
1681 Steinmetz 1948 WE Julius Steinmetz, German pastor and orbit computer
1682 Karel 1949 PH Son of Cornelis Johannes van Houten and Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld
1683 Castafiore 1950 SL Bianca Castafiore, cartoon character (Tintin), opera singer
1684 Iguassú 1951 QE Iguazu Falls, on the Iguazu River, Brazil/Argentina
1685 Toro 1948 OA from maiden name of Samuel Herrick's wife
1686 De Sitter 1935 SR1 Willem de Sitter, Dutch astronomer
1687 Glarona 1965 SC Canton of Glarus, Switzerland
1688 Wilkens 1951 EQ1 Alexander Wilkens, Argentine astronomer
1689 Floris-Jan 1930 SO Floris-Jan van der Meulen, 5000th visitor to an astronomical exhibition
1690 Mayrhofer 1948 VB Karl Mayrhofer, Austrian mathematician and amateur astronomer
1691 Oort 1956 RB Jan Oort, Dutch astronomer
1692 Subbotina 1936 QD Mikhail Subbotin, Russian astronomer
1693 Hertzsprung 1935 LA Ejnar Hertzsprung, Danish astronomer
1694 Kaiser 1934 SB Frederik Kaiser, Dutch astronomer
1695 Walbeck 1941 UO Henrik Johan Walbeck, Finnish geodesist
1696 Nurmela 1939 FF Tauno Kalervo Nurmela, Finnish academic
1697 Koskenniemi 1940 RM Veikko Antero Koskenniemi, Finnish poet
1698 Christophe 1934 CS Grand-nephew of Georges Roland, French astronomer, or Ginette Roland, Belgian astronomer*
1699 Honkasalo 1941 QD Tauno Bruno Honkasalo, Finnish mathematician
1700 Zvezdara 1940 QC Zvezdara, Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro
1701–1800
1701 Okavango 1953 NJ Okavango River, Africa
1702 Kalahari A924 NC Kalahari Desert
1703 Barry 1930 RB Roger Barry, German(?) astronomer
1704 Wachmann A924 EE Arno Arthur Wachmann, German astronomer
1705 Tapio 1941 SL1 Tapio, Finnish mythological figure from the Kalevala
1706 Dieckvoss 1931 TS Wilhelm Dieckvoss, German astronomer
1707 Chantal 1932 RL Niece of Georges Roland, French astronomer, or of Ginette Roland, Belgian astronomer*
1708 Pólit 1929 XA Isidre Pólit (i Boixareu), Spanish astronomer
1709 Ukraina 1925 QA Ukraine
1710 Gothard 1941 UF Jenõ Gothard, Hungarian amateur astronomer
1711 Sandrine 1935 BB Grand-niece of Georges Roland, French astronomer, or Ginette Roland, Belgian astronomer*
1712 Angola 1935 KC Angola
1713 Bancilhon 1951 SC Odette Bancilhon, French astronomer, wife of Alfred Schmitt
1714 Sy 1951 OA Frédéric Sy, French astronomer
1715 Salli 1938 GK Wife of discoverer
1716 Peter 1934 GF Grandson of discoverer
1717 Arlon 1954 AC Arlon, Belgium
1718 Namibia 1942 RX Namibia
1719 Jens 1950 DP Grandson of discoverer
1720 Niels 1935 CQ Grandson of discoverer
1721 Wells 1953 TD3 German Wells, Indiana University administrator
1722 Goffin 1938 EG Edwin Goffin, Belgian astronomer
1723 Klemola 1936 FX Irja Klemola, amateur astronomer, and Arnold Richard Klemola, American astronomer
1724 Vladimir 1932 DC Grandson of Milorad B. Protić
1725 CrAO 1930 SK Crimean Astrophysical Observatory
1726 Hoffmeister 1933 OE Cuno Hoffmeister, German astronomer
1727 Mette 1965 BA Wife of discoverer
1728 Goethe Link 1964 TO Goethe Link Observatory
1729 Beryl 1963 SL Beryl Potter, staff member at Indiana University
1730 Marceline 1936 UA Heroine of L'Immoraliste, novel by André Gide
1731 Smuts 1948 PH Jan Christiaan Smuts, prime minister of South Africa
1732 Heike 1943 EY Heike Neckel, granddaughter of Alfred Bohrmann, German astronomer
1733 Silke 1938 DL1 Silke Neckel, discoverer's granddaughter
1734 Zhongolovich 1928 TJ Ivan Danilovich Zhongolovich, Russian astronomer
1735 ITA 1948 RJ1 Institute for Theoretical Astronomy
1736 Floirac 1967 RA Suburb of Bordeaux, France
1737 Severny 1966 TJ Andrei Borisovich Severnyi, Russian astronomer
1738 Oosterhoff 1930 SP P. Th. Oosterhoff, Dutch astronomer
1739 Meyermann 1939 PF Bruno Meyermann, astronomer
1740 Paavo Nurmi 1939 UA Paavo Nurmi, Finnish runner
1741 Giclas 1960 BC Henry Lee Giclas, American astronomer
1742 Schaifers 1934 RO Karl Schaifers, German astronomer
1743 Schmidt 4109 P-L Bernhard Schmidt, inventor
1744 Harriet 6557 P-L Wife of Paul Herget, American astronomer
1745 Ferguson 1941 SY1 James Ferguson, astronomer [1]
1746 Brouwer 1963 RF Dirk Brouwer, Dutch-born American astronomer
1747 Wright 1947 NH *
1748 Mauderli 1966 RA Sigmund Mauderli, Swiss astronomer
1749 Telamon 1949 SB Telamon, mythological Greek King
1750 Eckert 1950 NA1 Wallace John Eckert, American astronomer [1]
1751 Herget 1955 OC Paul Herget, American astronomer
1752 van Herk 1930 OK Gijsbert van Herk, Dutch astronomer, and author with Herman Kleibrink and Willem Bijleveld of a history of the Sterrewacht Leiden (Leiden Observatory) (De Leidse Sterrewacht: vier eeuwen wacht bij dag en bij nacht. Zwolle: Waanders/De Kler, 1983
1753 Mieke 1934 JM Wife of Jan Oort, Dutch astronomer
1754 Cunningham 1935 FE Leland E. Cunningham, American astronomer
1755 Lorbach 1936 VD After Anne Lorbach Herget, wife of Paul Herget, American astronomer
1756 Giacobini 1937 YA Michel Giacobini, French astronomer
1757 Porvoo 1939 FC Porvoo, Finland
1758 Naantali 1942 DK Naantali, Finland
1759 Kienle 1942 RF Hans Kienle, German astrophysicist
1760 Sandra 1950 GB Granddaughter of discoverer
1761 Edmondson 1952 FN Frank Kelley Edmondson, American astronomer
1762 Russell 1953 TZ Henry Norris Russell, American astronomer
1763 Williams 1953 TN2 Ken P. Williams, British mathematician and writer
1764 Cogshall 1953 VM1 Wilbur A. Cogshall, American astronomer
1765 Wrubel 1957 XB Marshal Wrubel, American astronomer
1766 Slipher 1962 RF Vesto Melvin Slipher and Earl C. Slipher, American astronomers
1767 Lampland 1962 RJ Carl Otto Lampland, American astronomer
1768 Appenzella 1965 SA Appenzell, Switzerland
1769 Carlostorres 1966 QP Carlos G. Torres, Argentine astronomer, and Carlos Torres, Chilean astronomer [S&T, Dec 1982, p. 542]
1770 Schlesinger 1967 JR Frank Schlesinger, American astronomer
1771 Makover 1968 BD Samuel Gdalevich Makover, Russian astronomer
1772 Gagarin 1968 CB Yuri Gagarin, Russian cosmonaut
1773 Rumpelstilz 1968 HE Rumpelstiltskin, folk-tale character
1774 Kulikov 1968 UG1 Dmitri Kuzmich Kulikov, Russian astronomer
1775 Zimmerwald 1969 JA Zimmerwald, Switzerland
1776 Kuiper 2520 P-L Gerard P. Kuiper, Dutch-born American astronomer
1777 Gehrels 4007 P-L Tom Gehrels, Dutch-born American astronomer
1778 Alfvén 4506 P-L Hannes Alfvén, Swedish astrophysicist
1779 Paraná 1950 LZ Paraná River, Argentina
1780 Kippes A906 RA Otto Kippes, German amateur astronomer
1781 Van Biesbroeck A906 UB George Van Biesbroeck, Belgian-born American astronomer
1782 Schneller 1931 TL1 Heribert Schneller, German astronomer
1783 Albitskij 1935 FJ Vladimir Aleksandrovich Albitskii, Russian astronomer
1784 Benguella 1935 MG Benguela, Angola
1785 Wurm 1941 CD Karl Wurm, German astrophysicist
1786 Raahe 1948 TL Raahe, Finland
1787 Chiny 1950 SK Chiny, Belgium
1788 Kiess 1952 OZ Carl Clarence Kiess, American astronomer
1789 Dobrovolsky 1966 QC Georgi Dobrovolski, Russian cosmonaut
1790 Volkov 1967 ER Vladislav Volkov, Russian cosmonaut
1791 Patsayev 1967 RE Viktor Patsayev, Russian cosmonaut
1792 Reni 1968 BG Reni, Ukraine, birthplace of A. N. Deutsch
1793 Zoya 1968 DW Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, Russian World War II heroine
1794 Finsen 1970 GA William Stephen Finsen, South African astronomer
1795 Woltjer 4010 P-L Jan Woltjer, Dutch astronomer
1796 Riga 1966 KB Riga, Latvia
1797 Schaumasse 1936 VH Alexandre Schaumasse, French astronomer
1798 Watts 1949 GC Chester Burleigh Watts, American astronomer [1]
1799 Koussevitzky 1950 OE Serge Koussevitzky, Russian conductor
1800 Aguilar 1950 RJ Félix Aguilar, Argentine astronomer, or Antonio Aguilar, Spanish astronomer*
1801–1900
1801 Titicaca 1952 SP1 Lake Titicaca, Peru
1802 Zhang Heng 1964 TW1 Zhang Heng, Ancient Chinese astronomer, mathematician, inventor, artist and scholar
1803 Zwicky 1967 CA Fritz Zwicky, American (of Swiss extraction) astronomer
1804 Chebotarev 1967 GG Gleb Aleksandrovich Chebotarev, Russian astronomer
1805 Dirikis 1970 GD Matiss Dīriķis, Latvian astronomer
1806 Derice 1971 LC Wife of Dennis N. Harwood, Australian astronomer
1807 Slovakia 1971 QA Slovakia
1808 Bellerophon 2517 P-L Bellerophon, mythological Greek hero
1809 Prometheus 2522 P-L Prometheus, mythological Greek Titan
1810 Epimetheus 4196 P-L Epimetheus, mythological Greek Titan
1811 Bruwer 4576 P-L Jacobus Albertus Bruwer, South African astronomer
1812 Gilgamesh 4645 P-L Gilgamesh, mythological Sumerian hero
1813 Imhotep 7589 P-L Imhotep, Egyptian architect
1814 Bach 1931 TW1 Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer
1815 Beethoven 1932 CE1 Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer
1816 Liberia 1936 BD Liberia
1817 Katanga 1939 MB Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo
1818 Brahms 1939 PE Johannes Brahms, German composer
1819 Laputa 1948 PC Laputa, fictional island in Gulliver's Travels
1820 Lohmann 1949 PO Werner Lohmann, German astronomer
1821 Aconcagua 1950 MB Aconcagua, mountain in the Andes
1822 Waterman 1950 OO Alan Tower Waterman, American physicist, first director of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
1823 Gliese 1951 RD Wilhelm Gliese, German astronomer
1824 Haworth 1952 FM Leland Haworth, American physicist and NSF administrator
1825 Klare 1954 QH Gerhard Klare, German astronomer
1826 Miller 1955 RC1 John Anthony Miller, American astronomer
1827 Atkinson 1962 RK Robert d'Escourt Atkinson, British astronomer
1828 Kashirina 1966 PH Valentin Semenovich Kashirin, Russian physician
1829 Dawson 1967 JJ Bernhard Dawson, Argentinian astronomer
1830 Pogson 1968 HA Norman Robert Pogson, British astronomer
1831 Nicholson 1968 HC Seth Barnes Nicholson, American astronomer
1832 Mrkos 1969 PC Antonin Mrkos, Czech astronomer
1833 Shmakova 1969 PN Marina Valentinovna Shmakova, Russian-born physicist (astrophysicist), now at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC)
1834 Palach 1969 QP Jan Palach, Czech protester
1835 Gajdariya 1970 OE Arkady Gaidar, Russian writer
1836 Komarov 1971 OT Vladimir Komarov, Russian cosmonaut
1837 Osita 1971 QZ1 Spanish form of Ursula, wife of discoverer
1838 Ursa 1971 UC Ursula, wife of discover and Urs, son of discoverer
1839 Ragazza 1971 UF Italian for girl, and Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
1840 Hus 1971 UY Jan Hus, Czech (Bohemian) theologian
1841 Masaryk 1971 UO1 Tomáš Masaryk, Czechoslovak statesman
1842 Hynek 1972 AA Hynek Kohoutek, father of discoverer
1843 Jarmila 1972 AB Jarmila Kohoutkova, mother of discoverer
1844 Susilva 1972 UB Susi, schoolmate of discoverer
1845 Helewalda 1972 UC Helen, schoolmate of discoverer, from Wald AR, Switzerland
1846 Bengt 6553 P-L Bengt Georg Daniel Strömgren, Danish-American astronomer
1847 Stobbe A916 CA Joachim Otto Stobbe, German astronomer
1848 Delvaux 1933 QD Sister-in-law of Belgian astronomer Ginette Roland or French astronomer Georges Roland*
1849 Kresák 1942 AB Ľubor Kresák, Czech astronomer
1850 Kohoutek 1942 EN Luboš Kohoutek, Czech astronomer
1851 Lacroute 1950 VA Pierre Lacroute, French astronomer
1852 Carpenter 1955 GA Edwin Francis Carpenter, American astronomer*
1853 McElroy 1957 XE William David McElroy, American biologist and biochemist [Schmadel]
1854 Skvortsov 1968 UE1 Evgenii Fedorovich Skvortsov, Russian astronomer
1855 Korolev 1969 TU1 Sergei Korolev, Soviet rocket scientist
1856 Růžena 1969 TW1 Růžena Petrovičová, staff member, Kleť Observatory
1857 Parchomenko 1971 QS1 Praskoviya Georgievna Parchomenko, Ukrainian astronomer
1858 Lobachevskij 1972 QL Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky, Russian mathematician
1859 Kovalevskaya 1972 RS2 Sofia Kovalevskaya, Russian mathematician
1860 Barbarossa 1973 SK Nickname of Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor, and one of the discoverer's teachers
1861 Komenský 1970 WB Jan Amos Komenský (Comenius), Czech (Moravian) theologian and educator
1862 Apollo 1932 HA Apollo, Greek god
1863 Antinous 1948 EA Antinous, Roman lover
1864 Daedalus 1971 FA Daedalus, mythological Greek inventor
1865 Cerberus 1971 UA Cerberus, Greek monster
1866 Sisyphus 1972 XA Sisyphus, mythological Greek
1867 Deiphobus 1971 EA Deiphobus, mythological Greek
1868 Thersites 2008 P-L Thersites, mythological Greek warrior
1869 Philoctetes 4596 P-L Philoctetes, mythological Greek warrior
1870 Glaukos 1971 FE Glaucus, various Greek figures
1871 Astyanax 1971 FF Astyanax, infant son of Hector
1872 Helenos 1971 FG Helenus, mythological Trojan
1873 Agenor 1971 FH Agenor, mythological Greek king
1874 Kacivelia A924 RC Kaciveli, Finland
1875 Neruda 1969 QQ Jan Neruda, Czech writer
1876 Napolitania 1970 BA Naples, Italy
1877 Marsden 1971 FC Brian G. Marsden, astronomer and Director of the Minor Planet Center
1878 Hughes 1933 QC Son of Mireille Demiddelaer, granddaughter of discoverer
1879 Broederstroom 1935 UN Broederstroom, South Africa
1880 McCrosky 1940 AN Richard Eugene McCrosky, American astronomer
1881 Shao 1940 PC Cheng-yuan Shao, assistant of Richard Eugene McCrosky
1882 Rauma 1941 UJ Rauma, Finland
1883 Rimito 1942 XA Rymattyla, Finland
1884 Skip 1943 EB1 Gunter "Skip" Schwartz, American astronomer
1885 Herero 1948 PJ Herero, Bantu tribe
1886 Lowell 1949 MP Percival Lowell, American astronomer
1887 Virton 1950 TD Virton, Belgium
1888 Zu Chong-Zhi 1964 VO1 Zu Chongzhi, Chinese mathematician and astronomer
1889 Pakhmutova 1968 BE Aleksandra Nikolaevna Pakhmutova, Russian composer
1890 Konoshenkova 1968 CD Olga Petrovna Konoshenkova, schoolmistress at the Crimean Observatory
1891 Gondola 1969 RA The gondola
1892 Lucienne 1971 SD Lucienne Divan, French astrophysicist
1893 Jakoba 1971 UD Jakob Oberholzer, Swiss geologist, grandfather of discoverer
1894 Haffner 1971 UH Hans Haffner, Austrian astronomer
1895 Larink 1971 UZ Johannes Larink, German astronomer
1896 Beer 1971 UC1 Arthur Beer, German-born British astronomer[MPC 3827]
1897 Hind 1971 UE1 John Russell Hind, British astronomer
1898 Cowell 1971 UF1 Philip Herbert Cowell, British astronomer
1899 Crommelin 1971 UR1 Andrew Claude de la Cherois Crommelin, British astronomer
1900 Katyusha 1971 YB Ekaterina Ivanovna Zelenko, Russian airwoman
1901–2000
1901 Moravia 1972 AD Moravia, a region in the east of the Czech Republic
1902 Shaposhnikov 1972 HU Vladimir Grigorevich Shaposhnikov, Russian astrometrist
1903 Adzhimushkaj 1972 JL Adzhimushkaj, battle site in World War II
1904 Massevitch 1972 JM Alla Genrikhovna Massevich, Russian astronomer
1905 Ambartsumian 1972 JZ Viktor Amazaspovich Ambartsumian, Armenian-Russian astronomer
1906 Naef 1972 RC Robert-A. Naef, Swiss amateur astronomer
1907 Rudneva 1972 RC2 Evgeniya Rudneva, Russian World War II heroine
1908 Pobeda 1972 RL2 Russian for victory
1909 Alekhin 1972 RW2 Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Alekhin, Russian chess player
1910 Mikhailov 1972 TZ1 Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Mikhailov, Russian astronomer
1911 Schubart 1973 UD Joachim Schubart, German astronomer
1912 Anubis 6534 P-L Anubis, Ancient Egyptian god
1913 Sekanina 1928 SF Zdeněk Sekanina, Czech-born American astronomer
1914 Hartbeespoortdam 1930 SB1 Hartbeespoortdam, lake in South Africa
1915 Quetzálcoatl 1953 EA Quetzalcoatl, Aztec god
1916 Boreas 1953 RA Boreas, Greek god
1917 Cuyo 1968 AA University of Cuyo, Argentina
1918 Aiguillon 1968 UA Aiguillon, France
1919 Clemence 1971 SA Gerald Maurice Clemence, American astronomer [1]
1920 Sarmiento 1971 VO Domingo Sarmiento, former president of Argentina who supported American astronomer Benjamin Apthorp Gould in founding the Argentine National Observatory in Cordoba (Observatorio Astronómico de Córdoba), or Antonio Sarmiento (Antonio Fernando Sarmiento Galan), Mexican astronomer*
1921 Pala 1973 SE Pala, tribe of Native Americans
1922 Zulu 1949 HC The Zulu people of Africa
1923 Osiris 4011 P-L Osiris, Ancient Egyptian god
1924 Horus 4023 P-L Horus, Ancient Egyptian god
1925 Franklin-Adams 1934 RY John Franklin-Adams, British amateur astronomer
1926 Demiddelaer 1935 JA Mireille Demiddelaer, granddaughter of the discoverer
1927 Suvanto 1936 FP Winter War battlefield
1928 Summa 1938 SO Winter War battlefield
1929 Kollaa 1939 BS Winter War battlefield
1930 Lucifer 1964 UA Lucifer, dark angel
1931 Čapek 1969 QB Karel Čapek, Czech playwright
1932 Jansky 1971 UB1 Karl Guthe Jansky, American astronomer
1933 Tinchen 1972 AC Christine Kohoutek, wife of discoverer
1934 Jeffers 1972 XB Hamilton Jeffers, American astronomer
1935 Lucerna 1973 RB Lucerne, Switzerland
1936 Lugano 1973 WD Lugano, Switzerland
1937 Locarno 1973 YA Locarno, Switzerland
1938 Lausanna 1974 HC Lausanne, Switzerland
1939 Loretta 1974 UC Daughter of discoverer
1940 Whipple 1975 CA Fred Lawrence Whipple, American astronomer
1941 Wild 1931 TN1 Paul Wild, Swiss astronomer
1942 Jablunka 1972 SA Jablunka, a village in Moravia
1943 Anteros 1973 EC Anteros, Greek mythology
1944 Günter 1925 RA Günter Reinmuth, son of discoverer
1945 Wesselink 1930 OL Adriaan Jan Wesselink, Dutch astronomer
1946 Walraven 1931 PH Theodore Walraven, Dutch astronomer
1947 Iso-Heikkilä 1935 EA Iso-Heikkilä, Finnish observatory
1948 Kampala 1935 GL Kampala, Uganda
1949 Messina 1936 NE Messina, South Africa
1950 Wempe 1942 EO Johann Wempe, German astronomer
1951 Lick 1949 OA James Lick, American patron of science
1952 Hesburgh 1951 JC Theodore Hesburgh, American president of University of Notre Dame
1953 Rupertwildt 1951 UK Rupert Wildt, German-born American astronomer [S&T, Dec 1982, p. 542]
1954 Kukarkin 1952 PH Boris Vasilyevich Kukarkin, Russian astronomer
1955 McMath 1963 SR Robert Raynolds McMath, American astronomer
1956 Artek 1969 TX1 International Children's Center 'Artek', Crimea, Ukraine
1957 Angara 1970 GF Angara, river in Siberia
1958 Chandra 1970 SB Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Indian astrophysicist
1959 Karbyshev 1972 NB Dmitrii Michailovich Karbyshev, Soviet military leader
1960 Guisan 1973 UA Henri Guisan, Swiss general in World War II
1961 Dufour 1973 WA Henri Dufour, Swiss general
1962 Dunant 1973 WE Jean Henri Dunant, Swiss founder of the Red Cross
1963 Bezovec 1975 CB Bezovec, mountain in Slovakia
1964 Luyten 2007 P-L Willem Jacob Luyten, Dutch-born American astronomer
1965 van de Kamp 2521 P-L Peter van de Kamp, Dutch-born American astronomer
1966 Tristan 2552 P-L Tristan, Knight of the Round Table
1967 Menzel A905 VC Donald Howard Menzel, American astronomer
1968 Mehltretter 1932 BK Johannes Peter Mehltretter, German astronomer
1969 Alain 1935 CG Alain Vanheste, husband of discoverer's granddaughter
1970 Sumeria 1954 ER Sumer, ancient kingdom
1971 Hagihara 1955 RD1 Yusuke Hagihara, Japanese astronomer
1972 Yi Xing 1964 VQ1 Yi Xing, Chinese astronomer
1973 Colocolo 1968 OA Colocolo (chief), Araucanian chief
1974 Caupolican 1968 OE Caupolican, Araucanian chief
1975 Pikelner 1969 PH Solomon Borisovich Pikelner, Russian astronomer
1976 Kaverin 1970 GC N. S. Kaverin, Russian astronomer, or Veniamin Aleksandrovich Kaverin, Russian writer*
1977 Shura 1970 QY Aleksandr Kosmodemyanskii, Soviet war hero
1978 Patrice 1971 LD Daughter of Dennis N. Harwood, Australian astronomer
1979 Sakharov 2006 P-L Andrei Sakharov, Russian physicist
1980 Tezcatlipoca 1950 LA Tezcatlipoca, Aztec god
1981 Midas 1973 EA Midas, mythological Greek king
1982 Cline 1975 VA Edwin Lee Cline, inventor
1983 Bok 1975 LB Bart Jan Bok, Dutch-born American astronomer and his wife Priscilla Fairfield Bok
1984 Fedynskij 1926 TN Vsevolod Vladimirovich Fedynskii, Russian geophysicist
1985 Hopmann 1929 AE Josef Hopmann, German astronomer
1986 Plaut 1935 SV1 Lukas Plaut, Dutch astronomer
1987 Kaplan 1952 RH Samuil Aronovich Kaplan, Russian astronomer and veteran of the Russian front in World War II
1988 Delores 1952 SV Delores Owings, staff member, Indiana University
1989 Tatry 1955 FG Vysoké Tatry, mountain range in Slovakia
1990 Pilcher 1956 EE Frederick Pilcher, American astronomer
1991 Darwin 1967 JL Charles Darwin, British naturalist, and Sir George Darwin, British astronomer and mathematician
1992 Galvarino 1968 OD Galvarino, Araucanian chief
1993 Guacolda 1968 OH1 Guacolda, wife of Araucanian chief Lautaro
1994 Shane 1961 TE Charles Donald Shane, American astronomer
1995 Hajek 1971 UP1 Tadeáš Hájek, Czech astronomer
1996 Adams 1961 UA John Couch Adams, British mathematician and astronomer
1997 Leverrier 1963 RC Urbain Le Verrier, French astronomer
1998 Titius 1938 DX1 Johann Daniel Titius, German astronomer
1999 Hirayama 1973 DR Kiyotsugu Hirayama, Japanese astronomer
2000 Herschel 1960 OA Sir William Herschel, German-born British astronomer and composer

References[edit]

Preceded by
1,001–1,500
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 1,001–2,000
Succeeded by
2,001–2,500