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 Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
31031 Altiplano 1996 HV20 The Altiplano in the central Andes lies mostly within Bolivia and Peru, and hosts the cities of Puno, Potosi, Cuzco and La Paz.
31032 Scheidemann 1996 HS22 Heinrich Scheidemann (c. 1595-1663), a composer
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.
31129 Langyatai 1997 SR10 Langyatai, a three-story platform with a perimeter of several kilometers, was built along the Langya Mountain and beside the Yellow Sea with rammed earth more than 2,200 years ago.
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.
31179 Gongju 1997 YR2 Gongju, a city located in Chungcheongnam-do Province of Korea.
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
31281 Stothers 1998 FK34 Duncan Bayard Stothers (b. 1997) was awarded first place in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his electrical and mechanical engineering project.
31283 Wanruomeng 1998 FD40 Wan Ruomeng (b. 1996) was awarded first place in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for her plant sciences project.
31291 Yaoyue 1998 FH64 Yao Yue (b. 1997) was awarded best of category and first place in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his computer science project, and also received the European Union Contest for Young Scientists Award.
31298 Chantaihei 1998 FB77 Chan Tai Hei (b. 1996) was awarded best of category and first place in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his chemistry team project, and also received the Philip V. Streich Memorial Award.
31301–31400
31312 Fangerhai 1998 FY118 Fang Er Hai (b. 1996) was awarded best of category and first place in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his chemistry team project, and also received the Philip V. Streich Memorial Award.
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
31336 Chenyuhsin 1998 HT129 Chen Yu-Hsin (b. 1996) was awarded best of category and first place in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for her earth science project, and also received the European Union Contest for Young Scientists Award.
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
31360 Huangyihsuan 1998 VV14 Huang Yi-Hsuan (b. 1996) was awarded best of category and first place in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his plant sciences project, and also received the Dudley R. Herschbach SIYSS Award.
31363 Shulga 1998 VS44 Valery Mikhailovich Shulga, Ukrainian radio astronomer
31377 Kleinwort 1998 XG50 Lennart Julian Kleinwort (b. 1998) was awarded best of category and first place in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his mathematical sciences project, and also received the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award.
31400 Dakshdua 1998 YY31 Daksh Dua (b. 1997) was awarded best of category and first place in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his animal sciences team project, and also received the Intel Foundation Cultural and Scientific Visit to China Award.
31401–31500
31402 Negishi 1999 AR Hiroyuki Negishi (b. 1964), a Japanese amateur astronomer.
31414 Rotarysusa 1999 AV22 Rotary Club, Val Susa, Italy
31431 Cabibbo 1999 BP9 Nicola Cabibbo, Italian physicist
31437 Verma 1999 BT19 Abhishek Verma (b. 1999) was awarded best of category and first place in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his animal sciences team project.
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
31460 Jongsowfei 1999 CV19 Faye Jong-Sow Fei (b. 1998) was awarded best of category and first place in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for her environmental management project, and also received the European Union Contest for Young Scientists Award.
31461 Shannonlee 1999 CK20 Shannon Xinjing Lee (b. 1996) was awarded best of category and first place in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for her energy and transportation project.
31462 Brchnelova 1999 CW22 Michaela Brchnelova (b. 1996) was awarded first place in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for her physics and astronomy project.
31469 Aizawa 1999 CO31 Ken Aizawa (b. 1996) was awarded best of category and first place in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his biochemistry project.
31470 Alagappan 1999 CR33 Perry Alagappan (b. 1997) was awarded best of category and first place in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his environmental sciences project.
31471 Sallyalbright 1999 CJ36 Sally Albright (b. 1999) was awarded first place in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for her environmental management team project.
31482 Caddell 1999 CK48 John Chapman Alexander Caddell (b. 1998) was awarded best of category and first place in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his physics and astronomy project.
31495 Sarahgalvin 1999 CR60 Sarah Nicole Galvin (b. 1996) was awarded best of category and first place in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for her electrical and mechanical engineering project.
31501–31600
31502 Hellerstein 1999 CQ68 oshua Kopel Hellerstein (b. 1996) was awarded first place in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his electrical and mechanical engineering project.
31508 Kanevsky 1999 CK84 Ariel Benjamin Kanevsky (b. 1997) was awarded first place in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his computer science project.
31511 Jessicakim 1999 CL87 Jessica Kim (b. 1997) was awarded first place in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for her energy and transportation team project.
31512 Koyyalagunta 1999 CF91 Divya Koyyalagunta (b. 1995) was awarded first place in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for her behavioral and social sciences project.
31519 Mimamarquez 1999 CS103 Michelle Marie Marquez (b. 1999) was awarded best of category and first place in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for her behavioral and social sciences project.
31522 McCutchen 1999 CE109 Jonathan James McCutchen (b. 1999) was awarded first place in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his environmental sciences project.
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
31574 Moshova 1999 FB25 Andrew Moshova (b. 1997) was awarded first place in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his energy and transportation team project.
31588 Harrypaul 1999 FT33 Harry Paul (b. 1996) was awarded best of category and first place in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his materials and bioengineering project.
31597 Allisonmarie 1999 FP47 Allison Marie Raines (b. 1998) was awarded first place in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for her environmental management team project.
31601–31700
31605 Braschi 1999 GM4 Nicoletta Braschi, Italian actress
31619 Jodietinker 1999 GU18 Jodie Leigh Tinker (b. 1996) was awarded first place in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for her cellular and molecular biology project.
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.
31877 Davideverett 2000 EX144 David Everett (b. 1964), Project Systems Engineer for the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission.
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.
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