Meanings of minor planet names: 31001–32000

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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 Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
31001–31100
31015 Boccardi 1996 DS1 Giovanni Boccardi, Director of the Turin Observatory from 1900 until 1923
31020 Skarupa 1996 FP1 Valerie Skarupa, American AMOS program manager
31028 Cerulli 1996 HH1 Vincenzo Cerulli, Italian astronomer
31043 Sturm 1996 LT Charles-François Sturm, 19th-century Swiss-French mathematician
31037 Mydon 1996 HZ25 Mydon, a Paeonian charioteer fighting for the Trojans, was killed by Achilles near the Skamander river.
31061 Tamao 1996 TK7 Tamao Nakamura, Japanese actress
31065 Beishizhang 1996 TZ13 Shi-Zhang Bei, Chinese biophysicist, member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, on the occasion of his 100th birthday
31086 Gehringer 1997 AT17 Tom Gehringer, American teacher
31087 Oirase 1997 AA22 Oirase, the name of a gorge which runs through Towada, a city in Aomori Prefecture.
31095 Buneiou 1997 DH King Muryeong, known in Japanese as Buneiou, (462-523) was the 25th king of Baekje, an ancient kingdom located in the southwest of the Korean peninsula.
31097 Nucciomula 1997 JM11 Alfonso Maria Giovanni Mula, Italian (Sicilian) art critic, poet and writer, founder of the Empedocles International Academy of Culture and Philosophical Investigation, recipient of the 1994 Premio Telemone for literature
31098 Frankhill 1997 LQ2 Frank Hill, American astronomer and heliosismologist
31101–31200
31105 Oguniyamagata 1997 OW2 Oguni, town which is situated in the southwestern part of Yamagata prefecture Japan
31109 Janpalouš 1997 PL4 Jan Palouš, Czech astronomer at the Astronomický Ústav (Astronomical Institute) of the Akademie věd České republiky (Czech Academy of Sciences), instrumental in negotiating the entry of the Czech Republic into the European Southern Observatory
31110 Clapas 1997 PN4 Clapàs, an occitan word meaning « pile of rock debris », now the nickname of the Montpellier area of France
31113 Stull 1997 QC John Stull, American telescope maker, builder of the observatory at Alfred University
31122 Brooktaylor 1997 SD Brook Taylor, 17th-18th-century British mathematician.
31124 Slavíček 1997 SJ1 Karel Slavícek, Jesuit missionary and scientist was the first Czech sinologist.
31134 Zurria 1997 SF18 Giuseppe Zurria, professor of mathematics at the University of Catania
31139 Garnavich 1997 SJ34 Peter M. Garnavich, American observational astrophysicist and associate professor at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana
31147 Miriquidi 1997 UA4 A synonym for the Erzgebirge, a 10th-century Old Saxon word meaning "an impenetrable great dark forest"
31152 Daishinsai 1997 UV21 The Higashi Nihon Dai Shinsai earthquake of 2011 March 11 caused widespread destruction in eastern Japan and killed about 20000 people.
31151 Sajichugaku 1997 UM21 Saji chugaku is a junior high school in Saji with an astronomical observatory.
31175 Erikafuchs 1997 XV7 Erika Fuchs (1906–2005), translator of Disney stories. [MPC 84674]
31179 Gongju 1997 YR2 Gongju, a city located in Chungcheongnam-do Province of Korea. [MPC 88406]
31189 Tricomi 1997 YZ7 Francesco Giacomo Tricomi, 20th-century Italian mathematician
31190 Toussaint 1997 YB12 Roberta Marie Toussaint, American experimental physicist
31192 Aigoual 1997 YH16 Mont Aigoual, highest (1567 m) mountain of the Cévennes of southern France
31196 Yulong 1997 YL18 Yulong (meaning jade dragon) is the only Naxi language autonomous county in China
31201–31300
31203 Hersman 1998 AO9 Chris Becker Hersman, American spacecraft systems engineer for the New Horizons Pluto Kuiper Belt mission
31231 Uthmann 1998 CA Barbara Uthmann, 16th-century German businesswoman, said to have introduced the art of lace-making in the Erzgebirge Mountains of Saxony
31232 Slavonice 1998 CF Slavonice, Czech Republic
31238 Kroměříž 1998 DT1 Kroměříž, Moravia, Czech Republic, whose gardens and castle are a UNESCO World Heritage Site
31239 Michaeljames 1998 DV1 Michael James, American high-school teacher of English
31240 Katrianne 1998 DB2 Katrin Susanne Lehmann, German teacher of physics and astronomy, and wife of the discoverer
31266 Tournefort 1998 EZ13 Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, French botanist
31267 Kuldiga 1998 ES14 Kuldīga, Latvia
31268 Welty 1998 FA Sandra Welty, American high-school teacher of English
31271 Nallino 1998 FH16 Carlo Alfonso Nallino, Italian orientalist
31301–31400
31323 Lysá hora 1998 HC29 Lysá hora, highest (1323 m) mountain of the Beskids (Beskydy) mountain range, the Czech Republic
31324 Jiřímrázek 1998 HR31 Jiří Mrázek, 20th-century Czech geophysicist, TV and radio popularizer of astronautics, astronomy, computer science and related subjects
31338 Lipperhey 1998 HX147 Hans Lipperhey, 16th-17th-century Dutch lensmaker, inventor of Dutch perspective glass, and first to design and seek a patent for a practical telescope
31363 Shulga 1998 VS44 Valery Mikhailovich Shulga, Ukrainian radio astronomer
31401–31500
31414 Rotarysusa 1999 AV22 Rotary Club, Val Susa, Italy
31431 Cabibbo 1999 BP9 Nicola Cabibbo, Italian physicist
31442 Stark 1999 CY1 Lawrence W. Stark, American professor emeritus of physiological optics and engineering
31451 Joenickell 1999 CE10 Joe Nickell, the Senior Research Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
31458 Delrosso 1999 CG16 Renzo Del Rosso, Italian amateur astronomer
31501–31600
31531 ARRL 1999 CQ137 American Radio Relay League, the largest membership organization of radio amateurs in the United States
31555 Wheeler 1999 EV2 John Archibald Wheeler, American theoretical physicist
31601–31700
31605 Braschi 1999 GM4 Nicoletta Braschi, Italian actress
31650 Frýdek-Místek 1999 HW Frýdek-Místek, twin cities on the Silesia-Moravia border, Czech Republic, the discoverer's childhood home town
31664 Randiiwessen 1999 JR2 Randii Wessen, American program engineer at JPL
31665 Veblen 1999 JZ2 Oswald Veblen, early 20th-century American mathematician
31671 Masatoshi 1999 JY7 Masatoshi Nakamura, Japanese actor and singer
31801–31900
31823 Viète 1999 TN3 François Viète, 16th-century French lawyer and mathematician, inventor of the modern algebraic notation
31824 Elatus 1999 UG5 Elatus, mythological centaur, killed during a battle with Hercules by a poisoned arrow that passed through his arm and continued to wound Chiron in the knee
31872 Terkán 2000 EL106 Lajos Terkán, early 20th-century member of the staff of the Konkoly Obszervatórium (Konkoly Observatory), who proposed and initiated the photographic observation of comets and minor planets there
31876 Jenkens 2000 EA142 Robert Jenkens (b. 1962), Deputy Project Manager for the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission. [MPC 84380]
31877 Davideverett 2000 EX144 David Everett (b. 1964), Project Systems Engineer for the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission. [MPC 84380]
31901–32000
31931 Sipiera 2000 GW82 Paul P. Sipiera, American planetary geologist and meteoricist
31956 Wald 2000 GA133 Abraham Wald, 20th-century American statistician
31982 Johnwallis 2000 HS20 John Wallis, 17th-century British mathematician, inventor of the symbol ∞ for infinity
31984 Unger 2000 HR23 Adam Unger (b. 1919), a basket maker by profession, was heavily involved in the construction of the Starkenburg Observatory.[MPC 88406]
Preceded by
30,001–31,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 31,001–32,000
Succeeded by
32,001–33,000