Meanings of minor planet names: 38001–39000

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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 Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
38001–38100
38018 Louisneefs 1998 LN2 Louis Neefs, a well-known Flemish singer
38019 Jeanmariepelt 1998 LV2 Jean-Marie Pelt, French botanist at the Université de Metz, founder of the Institut européen d’écologie (European Institute of Ecology), author of La Cannelle et le panda
38020 Hannadam 1998 MP Hanna Smigiel, Polish friend of the first discoverer, and Adam, her son
38046 Krasnoyarsk 1998 SW144 Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia, where in 1772 the German zoologist and botanist Peter Simon Pallas identified a 700-kg stony-iron meteorite, now known as a pallasite
38070 Redwine 1999 GG2 Kelley K. Redwine, an occupational therapist in Tucson, Arizona
38083 Rhadamanthus 1999 HX11 Rhadamanthus, mythological son of Zeus and Europa, one of the three judges of the dead in Elysium (together with Aeacus and Minos)
38086 Beowulf 1999 JB Beowulf, hero of one of the oldest surviving texts from early Britain
38201–38300
38203 Sanner 1999 MJ Glen Sanner, American co-author of the two-volume Night Sky Observer's Guide, and member of the Huachuca Astronomy Club
38237 Roche 1999 OF Édouard Roche, French astronomer and mathematician
38238 Holíč 1999 OW Holíc, Záhorie region of western Slovakia
38245 Marcospontes 1999 PF4 Marcos Cesar Pontes, Brazilian astronaut
38250 Tartois 1999 QS2 Lucien Tartois, French amateur astronomer
38268 Zenkert 1999 RV32 Arnold Zenkert, German author and amateur astronomer
38269 Gueymard 1999 RN33 Adolphe G. Gueymard, American businessman, benefactor of the George Observatory
38270 Wettzell 1999 RJ35 Geodetic Fundamental Station Wettzell in the Bavarian Forest, which supplies observational contributions to the International Terrestrial Reference System with satellite radio interferometry and laser ranging
38401–38500
38442 Szilárd 1999 SU6 Leó Szilárd, 20th-century Hungarian-American nuclear physicist and molecular biologist
38454 Boroson 1999 TB2 Todd A. Boroson, American astronomer, deputy director of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO)
38461 Jiřítrnka 1999 TR17 Jiří Trnka, 20th century Czech graphic artist, painter, puppet-maker, film-maker, author and illustrator
38501–38600
38540 Stevens 1999 VG2 Berton L. Stevens, American amateur astronomer at the Desert Moon Observatory near Las Cruces, New Mexico
38541 Rustichelli 1999 VT6 Vittorio Rustichelli, Italian telescope maker and amateur astronomer
38601–38700
38628 Huya 2000 EB173 Huya, rain god of the Wayuu Indians of Venezuela and Colombia
38671 Verdaguer 2000 PZ6 Jacint Verdaguer, 19th century Spanish (Catalan) poet
38674 Těšínsko 2000 PT8 Těšínsko, a region in south-eastern part of Silesia, in 1920 divided between Czechoslovakia and Poland
38684 Velehrad 2000 QK9 Velehrad, Moravia, Czech Republic, traditional seat of the great Moravian princes and of Archbishop Methodius
38801–38900
38821 Linchinghsia 2000 RJ78 Lin Ching Hsia, Chinese actress
38901–39000
38962 Chuwinghung 2000 TN2 Chu Wing Hung (Alan Chu), Chinese amateur astronomer, compiler of the lunar atlas Photographic Moon Book
38976 Taeve 2000 UR Nickname of Gustav Adolf Schur, German cyclist
38980 Gaoyaojie 2000 UJ2 Gao yao-jie, Chinese medical doctor, pioneer of AIDS prevention in China and winner of the 2001 Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights and of Vital Voices' 2007 Global Leadership Human Rights award
Preceded by
37,001–38,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 38,001–39,000
Succeeded by
39,001–40,000