Meanings of minor planet names: 310,001–320,000

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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 Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
311,001–312,000 [edit]
311231 Anuradhapura 2005 BC23 Anuradhapura is a UNESCO World Heritage site, situated in north-central Sri Lanka and was the capital city of the island for over a millennium.
311785 Erwanmazarico 2006 UB62 Erwan M. Mazarico (born 1982), a planetary scientist.
314,001–315,000 [edit]
314040 Tavannes 2005 AU Tavannes is a municipality of the Swiss anton of Bern.
314082 Dryope 2005 CZ36 Dryope was the daughter of King Dryops.
314988 Sireland 2006 XO67 Sarah Ireland (born 1996) displayed unrivalled enthusiasm in the pursuit of astronomical knowledge, following in the Canadian tradition of astronomical excellence and embodying the spirit of Beyond the International Year of Astronomy.
315,001–316,000 [edit]
315012 Hutchings 2007 BD31 John Barrie Hutchings (born 1941) uses observations from the X-ray to the radio regimes to probe intrinsically-luminous stars, X-ray binaries, neutron stars and stellar-mass black holes, and active galactic nuclei and quasars.
315166 Pawelmaksym 2007 GA4 Pawel Maksym (1983–2013), an astronomy popularizer in Poland.
315174 Sellek 2007 HG5 Douglas J. Sellek (1945–1996) was a middle-school science teacher and an advocate of the sciences.
315186 Schade 2007 LD30 Since 2001, David Joseph Schade (born 1953) has served as leader for the NRC-Canadian Astronomy Data Centre which has contributed numerous innovations to data management for, inter alia, HST, CFHT, Gemini, JCMT and MOST observatories and to the Virtual Observatory.
315493 Zimin 2008 AE2 Dmitry Borisovich Zimin (born 1933), a Russian scientist and inventor.
316,001–317,000 [edit]
316010 Daviddubey 2009 FC5 David Richard Jacob Dubey (b. 1997) is the grandson of the discoverer.
316020 Linshuhow 2009 FV29 Jeremy Shu-How Lin (b. 1988), a professional basketball player in NBA.
316028 Patrickwils 2009 FR45 Patrick Wils (b. 1960), a Belgian amateur astronomer.
316042 Tilofranz 2009 HP2 Tilo Franz Schwab (b. 2008), the second-born son of the discoverer.
316186 Kathrynjoyce 2010 KJ41 Kathryn Mainzer (b. 1946), an American artist and graphic designer who is the mother of Amy Mainzer, PI of the NEOWISE project to study minor planets.
316202 Johnfowler 2010 MX54 John Fowler (b. 1942), an American scientist.
316741 Janefletcher 1998 WS44 Jane Fletcher (b. 1967), the producer of the BBC television programme The Sky at Night from 2002 to 2013.
317,001–318,000 [edit]
317715 Guydetienne 2003 QJ31 Guy Detienne (b. 1950), a Belgian amateur astronomer.
317809 Marot 2003 SL228 Clément Marot (1496–1544), a French poet of the Renaissance and the official poet of King Francois I.
317917 Jodelle 2003 UH313 Etienne Jodelle (1532–1573). a French dramatist and poet.
318,001–319,000 [edit]
318412 Tramelan 2005 AB27 Tramelan, a watch-making village situated in the south of the Swiss Franches-Montagnes district.
318547 Fidrich 2005 GV8 Róbert Fidrich (b. 1969), a Hungarian amateur astronomer.
318676 Bellelay 2005 PS16 The monastery of Bellelay was founded in 1136 by Siginand. It is the home of the Swiss Jura cheese Tête de Moine, first made by the monks in the 12th century.
318694 Keszthelyi 2005 QM75 Sándor Keszthelyi (b. 1952), a Hungarian architect and amateur astronomer.
318698 Barthalajos 2005 QK87 Lajos Bartha (b. 1933), a Hungarian librarian, amateur astronomer and historian of astronomy.
318794 Uglia 2005 SL134 The Ukrainian Humanities Lyceum (UGL in Ukrainian) was founded in 1991. It is an innovative educational institution in the educational and scientific complex known as Modern Education, led by Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, a member of the UNESCO Associated schools.
319,001–320,000 [edit]
319227 Erichbär 2006 AJ8 Erich Bär (1905-1981), a German electrical engineer and amateur astronomer.


Preceded by
300,001–310,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 310,001–311,000
Succeeded by
320,001–330,000