Meanings of minor planet names: 161001–162000

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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 Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
161092 Zsigmond 2002 OL28 Vilmos Zsigmond, Academy Award-winning Hungarian-American cinematographer
161207 Lidz 2002 TW305 Adam Lidz, American astronomer and contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
161215 Loveday 2002 UL66 Jonathan Loveday, British astronomer and contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
161278 Cesarmendoza 2003 FW128 Cesar Mendoza, Venezuelan astrophysicist
161315 de Shalit 2003 QS5 Amos de Shalit, Israeli nuclear physicist
161349 Mecsek 2003 SJ127 Mecsek is a mountain range in southern Hungary
161371 Bertrandou 2003 SO244 Bertrand Christophe, the discoverer's son, named for Bertrandou le Fifre, a character in Edmond Rostand's play Cyrano de Bergerac
161545 Ferrando 2004 XP16 Rafael Ferrando, Spanish astronomer, founder of the Observatorio Astronomico Pla D'Arguines (Pla D'Arguines Astronomical Observatory)
161546 Schneeweis 2004 XT16 LtCdr (USN) Scott Schneeweis, American early U.S. space program historian, webmaster of "Spaceaholic"
161693 Attilladanko 2006 HL46 Attilla Danko, Canadian software designer and amateur astronomer
161715 Wenchuan 2006 MZ12 In memory of the 90,000 people killed in the great Wenchuan earthquake of 2008 May 12
161962 Galchyn 2007 HE84 The village of Galchyn, northern part of it borders on Andrushivka, a district center in Ukraine
161975 Kincsem 2007 LO Kincsem was the most successful Thoroughbred race horse ever, having won 54 races for 54 starts
161989 Cacus 1978 CA Cacus, mythological fire-breathing monster, son of Vulcan, killed by Hercules
Preceded by
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 161,001–162,000
Succeeded by