Meanings of minor planet names: 300,001–310,000

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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 Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
300,001–301,000 edit
300082 Moyocoanno 2006 US217 Moyoco Anno (b. 1971), a Japanese cartoonist and fashion writer.
300221 Brucebills 2006 XA5 Bruce G. Bills (b. 1951), a planetary scientist.
300892 Taichung 2008 BT15 Taichung is Taiwan's third largest city.
300909 Kenthompson 2008 BZ45 Kenneth Lane Thompson (b. 1943), a computer scientist.
301,001–302,000 edit
301061 Egelsbach 2008 UO91 Egelsbach, a German city located between Frankfurt am Main and Darmstadt.
301553 Ninaglebova 2009 GM3 Nina Il’inichna Glebova (b. 1937) is a senior scientific worker at the IAA RAS, and was the Editor-in-Chief of the Astronomical Yearbook for many years. [MPC 84384]
301566 Melissajane 2009 HF36 Melissa Jane Forward (born 1980), the youngest daughter of the discoverer.
301638 Kressin 2010 EQ45 Margarete Kressin (1891–1980), the grandmother of the discoverer.
303,001–304,000 edit
303546 Bourbaki 2005 FR Nicolas Bourbaki, a collective pseudonym under which a group of mathematicians wrote several books on modern advanced mathematics.[MPC 84384]
303710 Velpeau 2005 PD17 Alfred-Armand-Louis-Marie Velpeau (1795–1867), a French anatomist and surgeon.[MPC 84384]
303909 Tomknops 2005 TK170 Tom Knops (1978–2011), a pilot with Tyrolean Airways, spouse of Nele Blomme and father of Toke Knops. Name suggested by Sofie Delanoye and Jeroen Maes, friends of the discoverer.[MPC 84384]
304,001–305,000 edit
304233 Majaess 2006 RE3 Daniel Majaess (born 1984) is a young Canadian observational astronomer who researches the Cepheid distance scale, variable stars, and the Milky Way's spiral structure and its many star clusters.
304368 Móricz 2006 SX363 Zsigmond Móricz (1879–1942), a Hungarian novelist, journalist and one of the most prominent figures of Social Realism in the 20th century. [MPC 86717]
304813 Cesarina 2007 QA Cesarina Papini (born 1964), the wife of the first discoverer.
305,001–306,000 edit
305181 Donelaitis 2007 VR302 Kristijonas Donelaitis (1714–1780), a Lutheran pastor who is considered one of the greatest Lithuanian poets. [MPC 84384]
305254 Moron 2007 YN3 Moron, a mountain of the Jura, located north of Malleray in the canton of Bern, Switzerland.[MPC 84384]
305287 Olegyankov 2008 AF2 Oleg Yankov (born 1968), a Russian philanthropist.
305660 Romyhaag 2009 BJ73 Romy Haag (born 1951), a singer, actress and show star who started her career at the famous "Alcazar" in Paris.
305953 Josiedubey 2009 HV36 Josie Elizabeth Chloe Jayne Dubey (born 1994), the eldest granddaughter of the discoverer.
306,001–307,000 edit
306367 Nut 5025 P-L Nut, a goddess of the heavens in the old Egyptian religion. With Geb, the god of Earth, she gave birth to the god Osiris.
308,001–309,000 edit
308306 Dainere 2005 KL8 Named for Dainere Monique Anthoney (born 1998), an inspiring Australian teenager, author and blogger who raises awareness and funds for brain tumour research.
308825 Siksika 2006 RH3 Siksika Nation is one of the three First Nations, with the Piikani (Peigan) and Kainai (Blood), that comprise the Blackfoot Confederacy.


309,001–310,000 edit
309227 Tsukiko 2007 QC Selene ¨Tsukiko ¨ Mazzucato (b. 1994), the daughter of the first discoverer.[MPC 85018]


Preceded by
290,001–300,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 300,001–301,000
Succeeded by
310,001–320,000