Meanings of minor planet names: 72001–73000

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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 Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
72012 Terute 2000 XT10 The name “Terute” comes from an ancient legend of Sagamiahra, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, involving a tragic love story.
72021 Yisunji 2000 XJ15 Yi Sunji, Korean Joseon Dynasty astronomer
72037 Castelldefels 2000 XN44 Castelldefels, Spain
72059 Heojun 2000 YC16 Heo Jun, Korean medical scientist
72060 Hohhot 2000 YG16 Hohhot, capital city of the province of Inner Mongolia, China
72071 Gábor 2000 YO33 Dénes Gábor, Hungarian-American 1971 Nobelist for Physics, for his invention and development of the holographic method
72543 Simonemarchi 2001 DN106 Simone Marchi, Italian astronomer
72545 Robbiiwessen 2001 EP Robbii Wessen, an artist and graphic designer.
72596 Zilkha 2001 FF9 Michael and Nina Zilkha, American entrepreneurs and philanthropists
72633 Randygroth 2001 FJ31 Randall H. Groth, American Associate Vice-President of the University of Arizona, key player in establishing Patterson Observatory
72804 Caldentey 2001 GQ Maria-Dolorès Caldentey Rius, Spanish founding member of the Observatorio Astronómico de Mallorca, observatory and planetarium designer
72819 Brunet 2001 HX Joseph Brunet, French astronomer involved in the construction of the Observatoire de Saint-Véran
72827 Maxaub 2001 HT8 Max Aub, Franco-Spanish writer
72876 Vauriot 2001 KH2 Pierre Vauriot, 20th-century French professor of mathematics, variable star astronomer and astronomy popularizer, co-founder of the Société astronomique de Montpellier (Astronomical Society of Montpellier)
Preceded by
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 72,001–73,000
Succeeded by