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 number-range that have received names, and explains the meanings of those names. The official naming citations have been published in MPC's Minor Planet Circulars and in Lutz D. Schmadel's Dictionary of Minor Planet Names. Meanings marked with † or * are from legacy sources may contain errors.
A major icon of Celtic polytheism, Cernunnos was the incarnation of fertility, life and the underworld. Druids widely encouraged the adoration of this “horned god”, which became a severe obstacle to the spread of Christianity.
Melanie Zander (born 1970) is an award-winning German actress who has delighted audiences through three decades' of amateur stage performances. Working at the European Space Agency until 2016, she was deeply admired for her sense of humour, efficiency and devotion to her colleagues.