Meanings of minor planet names: 2501–3000


Meanings of minor planet names: 2501–3000

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 Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.

Contents: 2501... 2601... 2701... 2801... 2901...

Name Provisional Designation Source of Name
2501–2600
2501 Lohja 1942 GD Lohja, Finland
2502 Nummela 1943 EO Nummela, Finland
2503 Liaoning 1965 UB1 Liaoning, China
2504 Gaviola 1967 JO Enrique Gaviola (Ramón Enrique Gaviola), Argentinian astrophysicist
2505 Hebei 1975 UJ Hebei, China
2506 Pirogov 1976 QG1 Nikolai Ivanovich Pirogov, Russian surgeon
2507 Bobone 1976 WB1 Jorge Bobone, Argentinian astronomer
2508 Alupka 1977 ET1 Alupka, Ukraine
2509 Chukotka 1977 NG Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Russia
2510 Shandong 1979 TH Shandong, China
2511 Patterson 1980 LM Clair C. Patterson, American geochemist [S&T, Dec 1982, p. 542]
2512 Tavastia 1940 GG Tavastia Region, Finland
2513 Baetslé 1950 SH Paul-Louis Baetslé, astronomer
2514 Taiyuan 1964 TA1 Taiyuan, Shaanxi, China
2515 Gansu 1964 TX1 Gansu, China
2516 Roman 1964 VY Nancy Grace Roman, American astronomer
2517 Orma 1968 SB Italian for trace; anagram of 1257 Móra
2518 Rutllant 1974 FG Federico Rutllant Alcina, Spanish-born director of the national observatory in Chile
2519 Annagerman 1975 VD2 Anna German, Polish singer
2520 Novorossijsk 1976 QF1 Novorossiysk, Russia
2521 Heidi 1979 DK Heidi, book by Johanna Spyri
2522 Triglav 1980 PP Triglav, Slavic god
2523 Ryba 1980 PV Jakub Jan Ryba, Czech composer
2524 Budovicium 1981 QB1 Latin for České Budějovice, Czech Republic
2525 O'Steen 1981 VG Mary Elizabeth O'Steen Skiff, mother of discoverer
2526 Alisary 1979 KX Alice Benedicta West and Harry Richard West, parents of discoverer
2527 Gregory 1981 RE Bruce Gregory Thomas, youngest son of discoverer, named after James Gregory, Scottish astronomer
2528 Mohler 1953 TF1 Orren Cuthbert Mohler, American astronomer
2529 Rockwell Kent 1977 QL2 Rockwell Kent, artist
2530 Shipka 1978 NC3 Shipka Pass, battle site from the Russo-Turkish War
2531 Cambridge 1980 LD Cambridge, England, and Cambridge, Massachusetts
2532 Sutton 1980 TU5 Robert L. Sutton, American geologist [S&T, Dec 1982, p. 542]
2533 Fechtig A905 VA Hugo Fechtig, German astrophysicist
2534 Houzeau 1931 VD Jean-Charles Houzeau, Belgian astronomer [MPC 8800]
2535 Hämeenlinna 1939 DH Hämeenlinna, Finland
2536 Kozyrev 1939 PJ Nikolai Aleksandrovich Kozyrev, Russian astronomer
2537 Gilmore 1951 RL Alan C. and Pamela M. Gilmore, astronomers
2538 Vanderlinden 1954 UD Henri Vanderlinden, Belgian astronomer
2539 Ningxia 1964 TS2 Ningxia, China
2540 Blok 1971 TH2 Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok, Russian poet
2541 Edebono 1973 DE Edward de Bono, lateral thinker
2542 Calpurnia 1980 CF Calpurnia, Roman noblewoman
2543 Machado 1980 LJ Luiz Eduardo da Silva Machado, Argentinian astronomer*
2544 Gubarev 1980 PS Aleksei Gubarev, Russian cosmonaut
2545 Verbiest 1933 BB Father Ferdinand Verbiest, Belgian missionary and astronomer [MPC 8800]
2546 Libitina 1950 FC Libitina, Roman goddess of funerals
2547 Hubei 1964 TC2 Hubei, China
2548 Leloir 1975 DA Luis Federico Leloir, Argentinian chemist
2549 Baker 1976 UB James G. Baker, American astronomer [MPC 8800]
2550 Houssay 1976 UP20 Bernardo Alberto Houssay, Argentinian physioloist, winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology in 1947
2551 Decabrina 1976 YX1 Decembrists, Russian revolutionaries
2552 Remek 1978 SP Vladimír Remek, Czech cosmonaut
2553 Viljev 1979 FS2 Mikhail Anatolyevich Vilyev, Russian astronomer
2554 Skiff 1980 OB Brian A. Skiff, Research assistant at Lowell Observatory
2555 Thomas 1980 OC Norman G. Thomas, former Research assistant at Lowell Observatory
2556 Louise 1981 CS Carol Louise Thomas-Baltutis, youngest daughter of discoverer
2557 Putnam 1981 SL1 Roger Lowell Putnam and Michael C. J. Putnam, astronomy supporters
2558 Viv 1981 SP1 Vivian Russell Thomas, father of discoverer
2559 Svoboda 1981 UH Jindřich Svoboda, Czech astronomer
2560 Siegma 1932 CW Siegfried Marx, German astronomer
2561 Margolin 1969 TK2 Mikhail Vladimirovich Margolin, blind inventor
2562 Chaliapin 1973 FF1 Feodor Ivanovich Chaliapin, Russian singer and actor
2563 Boyarchuk 1977 FZ Alexander Alexeyevich Boyarchuk, Russian astronomer
2564 Kayala 1977 QX Kayala, river in The Tale of Igor's Campaign
2565 Grögler 1977 TB1 Norbert Grögler, mineralogist and planetologist
2566 Kirghizia 1979 FR2 Kyrgyzstan
2567 Elba 1979 KA Elba Aguilera de Pizarro, mother of discoverers
2568 Maksutov 1980 GH Dmitri Dmitrievich Maksutov, Russian optical engineer, inventor of the Maksutov telescope
2569 Madeline 1980 MA Heroine of John Keats' poem, "The Eve of St. Agnes"
2570 Porphyro 1980 PG Hero of John Keats' poem, "The Eve of St. Agnes"
2571 Geisei 1981 UC Geisei, Japan
2572 Annschnell 1950 DL Anneliese Schnell, Austrian astronomer
2573 Hannu Olavi 1953 EN Son of discoverer
2574 Ladoga 1968 UP Lake Ladoga [MPC 8912]
2575 Bulgaria 1970 PL Bulgaria [MPC 8912]
2576 Yesenin 1974 QL Sergei Alexandrovich Esenin (also written Yesenin), poet
2577 Litva 1975 EE3 Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic
2578 Saint-Exupéry 1975 VW3 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, writer
2579 Spartacus 1977 PA2 Spartacus, Roman revolutionary
2580 Smilevskia 1977 QP4 Moisei Vasil'evich Smilevskii, Ukrainian journalist
2581 Radegast 1980 VX Radegast, Slavic god
2582 Harimaya-Bashi 1981 SA Harimaya Bridge, Kōchi, Japan
2583 Fatyanov 1975 XA3 Aleksei Ivanovich Fat'yanov, Soviet poet and songwriter
2584 Turkmenia 1979 FG2 Turkmenistan
2585 Irpedina 1979 OJ15 Irkutsk Pedagogical Institute
2586 Matson 1980 LO Dennis L. Matson, American planetary scientist [S&T, Dec 1982, p. 542]
2587 Gardner 1980 OH Martin Gardner, American mathematician and writer
2588 Flavia 1981 VQ Flavius, Roman gens; also an asteroid in A Torrent of Faces by James Blish and Norman L. Knight
2589 Daniel 1979 QU2 Daniel Lagerkvist, son of the discoverer
2590 Mourão 1980 KJ Ronaldo Rogério de Freitas Mourão, Brazilian astronomer
2591 Dworetsky 1949 PS Michael M. Dworetsky, British astronomer
2592 Hunan 1966 BW Hunan, China
2593 Buryatia 1976 GB8 Buryat Republic, Russia
2594 Acamas 1978 TB Acamas, Greek warrior
2595 Gudiachvili 1979 KL Lado Gudiachvili, Georgian painter
2596 Vainu Bappu 1979 KN Manali Kallat Vainu Bappu, Indian astrophysicist
2597 Arthur 1980 PN King Arthur, mythological British king
2598 Merlin 1980 RY Merlin, wizard in Arthurian legend
2599 Veselí 1980 SO Veselí nad Lužnicí, Czech Republic
2600 Lumme 1980 VP Kari Lumme, Finnish astronomer [S&T, Dec 1982, p. 542]
2601–2700
2601 Bologna 1980 XA Bologna, Italy
2602 Moore 1982 BR Patrick Moore, British amateur astronomer
2603 Taylor 1982 BW1 Gordon E. Taylor, British amateur astronomer
2604 Marshak 1972 LD1 Samuil Yakovlevich Marshak, Russian poet and writer
2605 Sahade 1974 QA Jorge Sahade, Argentinian astronomer
2606 Odessa 1976 GX2 Odessa, Ukraine
2607 Yakutia 1977 NR Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, Russia
2608 Seneca 1978 DA Seneca the Younger, Roman writer
2609 Kiril-Metodi 1978 PB4 Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius, inventors of the Cyrillic alphabet
2610 Tuva 1978 RO1 Tuva Republic, Russia
2611 Boyce 1978 VQ5 Joseph M. Boyce, American planetary scientist [S&T, Dec 1982, p. 542]
2612 Kathryn 1979 DE Kathryn Gail Thomas-Hazelton, daughter of discoverer
2613 Plzeň 1979 QE Plzeň (Pilsen), Czech Republic, birthplace of the discoverer
2614 Torrence 1980 LP Torrence V. Johnson, American planetary scientist [S&T, Dec 1982, p. 542]
2615 Saito 1951 RJ Keiji Saito, Japanese astrophysicist
2616 Lesya 1970 QV Larisa Petrovna Kosach(a.k.a. Lesya Ukrainka), Ukrainian poet [MPC 8912]
2617 Jiangxi 1975 WO1 Jiangxi, China
2618 Coonabarabran 1979 MX2 Coonabarabran, Australia. The Siding Spring Observatory of the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the Australian National University is located close by (40 km distant)
2619 Skalnaté Pleso 1979 MZ3 Skalnaté Pleso, observatory in Slovakia
2620 Santana 1980 TN Carlos Santana, American musician
2621 Goto 1981 CA Seizo Goto, businessman [S&T, Dec 1982, p. 542]
2622 Bolzano 1981 CM Bernard Bolzano, mathematician
2623 Zech A919 SA Gert Zech, German astronomer, member of the editorial team of Astronomy and Astrophysics Abstracts, or, Julius August Christoph Zech, German astronomer
2624 Samitchell 1962 RE Samuel Alfred Mitchell, American astronomer
2625 Jack London 1976 JQ2 Jack London, writer
2626 Belnika 1978 PP2 Nikolay Alexeyevich Belyayev, Russian astronomer
2627 Churyumov 1978 PP3 Klim Ivanovich Churyumov, Ukrainian astronomer
2628 Kopal 1979 MS8 Zdenek Kopal, Czech-born astronomer
2629 Rudra 1980 RB1 Rudra, destroyer aspect of the Hindu god Siva
2630 Hermod 1980 TF3 Hermóðr, hero in Norse mythology
2631 Zhejiang 1980 TY5 Zhejiang, China
2632 Guizhou 1980 VJ1 Guizhou, China
2633 Bishop 1981 WR1 George Bishop, British wine merchant and patron of astronomy
2634 James Bradley 1982 DL James Bradley, English astronomer
2635 Huggins 1982 DS Sir William Huggins, spectroscopist
2636 Lassell 1982 DZ William Lassell, British amateur astronomer
2637 Bobrovnikoff A919 SB Nicholas T. Bobrovnikoff, American astronomer
2638 Gadolin 1939 SG Jacob Gadolin, Finnish astronomer, and Johan Gadolin, chemist
2639 Planman 1940 GN Anders Planman, Swedish astronomer
2640 Hällström 1941 FN Gustav Gabriel Hällström, Finnish physicist
2641 Lipschutz 1949 GJ Michael E. Lipschutz, American geochemist
2642 Vésale 1961 RA Andreas Vesalius, Flemish anatomist
2643 Bernhard 1973 SD Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, astronomical supporter
2644 Victor Jara 1973 SO2 Víctor Jara, folk singer [MPC 8800]
2645 Daphne Plane 1976 QD Daphne Plane, librarian and friend of discoverer
2646 Abetti 1977 EC1 Antonio Abetti and Giorgio Abetti, Italian astronomers
2647 Sova 1980 SP Antonín Sova, Czech poet
2648 Owa 1980 VJ Hopi for rock
2649 Oongaq 1980 WA Hopi for from up there
2650 Elinor 1931 EG Elinor Gates, Minor Planet Center assistant
2651 Karen 1949 QD Karen S. Mayer, sister-in-law of, and Karen S. Franz, friend of F. N. Bowman
2652 Yabuuti 1953 GM Kiyosi Yabuuti, Japanese astronomer and historian
2653 Principia 1964 VP Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, Isaac Newton's magnum opus
2654 Ristenpart 1968 OG Friedrich Wilhelm Ristenpart, German astronomer
2655 Guangxi 1974 XX Guangxi, China
2656 Evenkia 1979 HD5 Evenk Autonomous Okrug, Russia
2657 Bashkiria 1979 SB7 Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia
2658 Gingerich 1980 CK Owen Gingerich, American astrophysicist and historian of astronomy
2659 Millis 1981 JX Robert Lowell Millis, American astronomer
2660 Wasserman 1982 FG Lawrence Harvey Wasserman, American astronomer
2661 Bydžovský 1982 FC1 Bohumil Bydžovský, Czech mathematician
2662 Kandinsky 4021 P-L Wassily Kandinsky, Russian painter
2663 Miltiades 6561 P-L Miltiades, Athenian commander
2664 Everhart 1934 RR Edgar Everhart, American astronomer
2665 Schrutka 1938 DW1 Guntram Schrutka-Rechtenstamm, Austrian astronomer
2666 Gramme 1951 TA Zénobe Gramme, Belgian electrical engineer and inventor
2667 Oikawa 1967 UO Okuro Oikawa, Japanese astronomer
2668 Tataria 1976 QV Republic of Tatarstan, Russia
2669 Shostakovich 1976 YQ2 Dmitri Shostakovich, Russian composer
2670 Chuvashia 1977 PW1 Chuvash Republic, Russia
2671 Abkhazia 1977 QR2 Abkhazia, Georgia
2672 Písek 1979 KC Písek, Czech Republic
2673 Lossignol 1980 KN Lossignol, family name of friends of discoverer
2674 Pandarus 1982 BC3 Pandarus, mythological Greek warrior
2675 Tolkien 1982 GB J. R. R. Tolkien, British writer
2676 Aarhus 1933 QV Aarhus, Denmark, seat of the Ole Rømer Observatory of the University of Aarhus
2677 Joan 1935 FF Joan Jordan, secretary at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
2678 Aavasaksa 1938 DF1 Aavasaksa, mountain in Finland (Lapland), one of the sites used by Maupertuis' expedition to determine the length of a degree of the meridian in 1736–1737
2679 Kittisvaara 1939 TG Kittisvaara, mountain in Finland (Lapland), one of the sites used by Maupertuis' expedition to determine the length of a degree of the meridian in 1736–1737
2680 Mateo 1975 NF José Mateo, Argentinian astronomer
2681 Ostrovskij 1975 VF2 Nikolai Ostrovsky, writer
2682 Soromundi 1979 MF4 From Latin for sisters of the world, after the YWCA
2683 Brian 1981 AD1 Eldest son of discoverer
2684 Douglas 1981 AH1 Douglas B. Thomas, brother of discoverer and physicist
2685 Masursky 1981 JN Harold Masursky, American astronomer
2686 Linda Susan 1981 JW1 Linda Susan Salazar, discoverer's youngest daughter
2687 Tortali 1982 HG Tortali, Vanuatun spirit of daytime
2688 Halley 1982 HG1 Edmund Halley, English astronomer
2689 Bruxelles 1935 CF Brussels, Belgium
2690 Ristiina 1938 DG1 Ristiina, Finland
2691 Sersic 1974 KB José Luis Sersic, Argentinian astronomer
2692 Chkalov 1976 YT3 Valerij Pavlovich Chkalov, pilot
2693 Yan'an 1977 VM1 Yan'an, Shaanxi, China
2694 Pino Torinese 1979 QL1 Pino Torinese, Italy, site of Turin Observatory
2695 Christabel 1979 UE Christabel, poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
2696 Magion 1980 HB Magion, first Czech artificial satellite
2697 Albina 1969 TC3 Albina Alekseevna Serova, friend of discoverer
2698 Azerbajdzhan 1971 TZ Azerbaijan
2699 Kalinin 1976 YX Mikhail Ivanovich Kalinin, Russian statesman
2700 Baikonur 1976 YP7 Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
2701–2800
2701 Cherson 1978 RT Chersonesos, Crimea, Ukraine
2702 Batrakov 1978 SZ2 Yury Vasilyevich Batrakov, Russian astronomer
2703 Rodari 1979 FT2 Gianni Rodari, writer
2704 Julian Loewe 1979 MR4 Julian Loewe, journalist
2705 Wu 1980 TD4 Sherman S. C. Wu, photogrammetrist
2706 Borovský 1980 VW Karel Havlíček Borovský, Czech writer and political journalist
2707 Ueferji 1981 QS3 Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
2708 Burns 1981 WT Joseph Arthur Burns, American astronomer
2709 Sagan 1982 FH Carl Sagan, American astronomer and author, co-founder of the Planetary Society
2710 Veverka 1982 FQ Joseph Veverka, American astronomer
2711 Aleksandrov 1978 QB2 Anatoly Petrovich Alexandrov, Russian physicist
2712 Keaton 1937 YD Buster Keaton, film comedian
2713 Luxembourg 1938 EA Luxembourg
2714 Matti 1938 GC Son of discoverer
2715 Mielikki 1938 US Mielikki, Finnish mythology
2716 Tuulikki 1939 TM Tuulikki, Finnish mythology, Goddess of the woods
2717 Tellervo 1940 WJ Tellervo, Finnish mythology
2718 Handley 1951 OM Tommy Handley, British radio comedian
2719 Suzhou 1965 SU Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
2720 Pyotr Pervyj 1972 RV3 Peter I of Russia
2721 Vsekhsvyatskij 1973 SP2 Sergey Konstantinovich Vsekhsvyatsky, Russian astronomer
2722 Abalakin 1976 GM2 Viktor Kuzmich Abalakin, Russian astronomer
2723 Gorshkov 1978 QL2 Pyotr Mikhaylovich Gorshkov, Russian astronomer
2724 Orlov 1978 RZ5 Sergey Vladimirovich Orlov, and Alexander Yakovlevich Orlov, Russian astronomers
2725 David Bender 1978 VG3 David F. Bender, American astronomer, latterly of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
2726 Kotelnikov 1979 SE9 Vladimir Alexandrovich Kotelnikov, Russian radio engineer
2727 Paton 1979 SO9 Evgeny Oskarovich Paton and Borys Yevhenovych Paton, Soviet Ukrainian scientists
2728 Yatskiv 1979 ST9 Yaroslav Stepanovich Yatskiv, Ukrainian astrometrist
2729 Urumqi 1979 UA2 Urumqi, Xinjiang, China
2730 Barks 1981 QH Carl Barks, American writer and illustrator
2731 Cucula 1982 KJ The cuckoo
2732 Witt 1926 FG Carl Gustav Witt, German astronomer
2733 Hamina 1938 DQ Hamina, Finland
2734 Hašek 1976 GJ3 Jaroslav Hašek, Czech writer
2735 Ellen 1977 RB Wife of discoverer
2736 Ops 1979 OC Ops, Roman goddess
2737 Kotka 1938 DU Kotka, Finland
2738 Viracocha 1940 EC Viracocha, supreme god of the Inca
2739 Taguacipa 1952 UZ1 Taguacipa, god of the Inca and companion of Viracocha
2740 Tsoj 1974 SY4 Victor Robertovich Tsoj, poet and rock musician
2741 Valdivia 1975 XG Captain Pedro de Valdivia, conqueror of Chile
2742 Gibson 1981 JG3 James B. Gibson (astronomer), astronomer
2743 Chengdu 1965 WR Chengdu, Sichuan, China
2744 Birgitta 1975 RB Anna Birgitta Angelica Lagerkvist, daughter of the discoverer [MPC 8800]
2745 San Martin 1976 SR10 General José de San Martín, "father of Argentina"
2746 Hissao 1979 SJ9 Hissar Astronomical Observatory, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
2747 Český Krumlov 1980 DW Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
2748 Patrick Gene 1981 JF2 Patrick Gene Shoemaker, son of discoverer
2749 Walterhorn 1937 TD Walter Horn, founder of the public observatory and amateur astronomical society in Solingen, Germany
2750 Loviisa 1940 YK Loviisa, Finland
2751 Campbell 1962 RP William Wallace Campbell, American astronomer
2752 Wu Chien-Shiung 1965 SP Wu Jianxiong
2753 Duncan 1966 DH John Charles Duncan, American astronomer
2754 Efimov 1966 PD Mikhail Nikiforovich Efimov, aviator
2755 Avicenna 1973 SJ4 Avicenna, medieval philosopher and scientist
2756 Dzhangar 1974 SG1 Epics of the Kalmyk people [MPC 8912]
2757 Crisser 1977 VN Cristina, wife of discoverer, and Sergio, discoverer
2758 Cordelia 1978 RF Cordelia, character in Shakespeare's King Lear
2759 Idomeneus 1980 GC Idomeneus, Greek warrior
2760 Kacha 1980 TU6 Kacha, cosmonaut training centre in the Crimea [MPC 8913]
2761 Eddington 1981 AE Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington, British astrophysicist, on the occasion of the centennial of his birth
2762 Fowler 1981 AT Ralph Howard Fowler, British astrophysicist
2763 Jeans 1982 OG Sir James Hopwood Jeans, British physicist, astronomer, and mathematician
2764 Moeller 1981 CN Sonia Louise Moeller-Thomas, mother of discoverer
2765 Dinant 1981 EY Dinant, Belgium
2766 Leeuwenhoek 1982 FE1 Anton van Leeuwenhoek, Dutch inventor
2767 Takenouchi 1967 UM Tadeo Takenouchi, Japanese astronomer
2768 Gorky 1972 RX3 Maxim Gorky (Alexey Maksimovich Peshkov), Russian writer [MPC 8913]
2769 Mendeleev 1976 GZ2 Dmitri Mendeleev, Russian chemist
2770 Tsvet 1977 SM1 Mikhail Tsvet, Russian physiologist
2771 Polzunov 1978 SP7 Ivan Ivanovich Polzunov, Russian inventor
2772 Dugan 1979 XE Raymond Smith Dugan, American astronomer
2773 Brooks 1981 JZ2 William R. Brooks, American astronomer
2774 Tenojoki 1942 TJ Tenojoki, river
2775 Odishaw 1953 TX2 Hugh Odishaw, American geophysicist
2776 Baikal 1976 SZ7 Lake Baikal, Russia
2777 Shukshin 1979 SY11 Vasilii Makarovich Shukshin, Russian writer and actor
2778 Tangshan 1979 XP Tangshan in China, location of a massive (Magnitude 7.8) earthquake in 1976
2779 Mary 1981 CX Maryanna Ruth Thomas, wife of discoverer
2780 Monnig 1981 DO2 Oscar Monnig, American businessman, meteorite hunter and founder of the collection that bears his name. He donated the collection to Texas Christian University
2781 Kleczek 1982 QH Josip Kleczek, Czech astronomer
2782 Leonidas 2605 P-L Leonidas I, Spartan king
2783 Chernyshevskij 1974 RA2 Nikolay Gavrilovich Chernyshevsky, Russian writer and philosopher
2784 Domeyko 1975 GA Ignacio Domeyko, Polish-born chemist and mineralogist, latterly Rector of the University of Chile
2785 Sedov 1978 QN2 Leonid Ivanovich Sedov, Russian astronomer or Georgy Sedov, Russian polar explorer
2786 Grinevia 1978 RR5 Alexander Stepanovich Grinevsky, Russian writer
2787 Tovarishch 1978 RC6 Tovarishch, Russian sailing ship [MPC 8800]
2788 Andenne 1981 EL Andenne, Belgium
2789 Foshan 1956 XA Foshan, Guangdong, China
2790 Needham 1965 UU1 Joseph Needham, British sinologist
2791 Paradise 1977 CA Paradise, California
2792 Ponomarev 1977 EY1 Nikolay Georgiyevich Ponomaryov, Russian designer of astronomical instruments
2793 Valdaj 1977 QV Valdai Hills, near Moscow
2794 Kulik 1978 PS3 Leonid Alexeyevich Kulik, Russian mineralogist
2795 Lepage 1979 YM Théophile Lepage, Belgian mathematician
2796 Kron 1980 EC Gerald E. Kron, American astronomer [MPC 8800]
2797 Teucer 1981 LK Teucer, Greek soldier
2798 Vergilius 2009 P-L Virgil, Roman poet
2799 Justus 3071 P-L Justus Cramer, descendent of H. G. van de Sande Bakhuyzen, Dutch astronomer
2800 Ovidius 4585 P-L Ovid, Roman poet
2801–2900
2801 Huygens 1935 SU1 Christiaan Huygens, Dutch astronomer
2802 Weisell 1939 BU The discoverer's father
2803 Vilho 1940 WG Vilho Väisälä, Finnish meteorologist and physicist, brother of Kalle and Yrjö
2804 Yrjö 1941 HF Yrjö Väisälä, Finnish astronomer, brother of Vilho and Kalle
2805 Kalle 1941 UM Kalle Väisälä, Finnish scientist, brother of Vilho and Yrjö
2806 Graz 1953 GG Graz, Austria
2807 Karl Marx 1969 TH6 Karl Marx, German philosopher and political economist
2808 Belgrano 1976 HS Manuel Belgrano, Argentine general
2809 Vernadskij 1978 QW2 Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky, Russian geochemist and mineralogist
2810 Lev Tolstoj 1978 RU5 Leo Tolstoy, Russian writer [MPC 8801]
2811 Střemchoví 1980 JA Střemchoví, Czech Republic, where the discoverer was born
2812 Scaltriti 1981 FN Franco Scaltriti, Italian astronomer
2813 Zappalà 1981 WZ Vincenzo Zappalà, Italian astronomer
2814 Vieira 1982 FA3 Gilson Vieira, Brazilian astronomer
2815 Soma 1982 RL The Soma cube, mathematical game
2816 Pien 1982 SO Armand Nicolas Pien, Belgian (Flemish) television meteorologist
2817 Perec 1982 UJ Georges Perec, French novelist, filmmaker and essayist
2818 Juvenalis 2580 P-L Juvenal, Roman satirist
2819 Ensor 1933 UR James Ensor, Belgian expressionist painter
2820 Iisalmi 1942 RU Iisalmi, Finland
2821 Slávka 1978 SQ Sláva Vávrová, the discoverer's mother
2822 Sacajawea 1980 EG Sacagawea, Shoshone explorer
2823 van der Laan 2010 P-L Harry van der Laan, Dutch astrophysicist
2824 Franke 1934 CZ Ernst H. Franke, American biophysicist
2825 Crosby 1938 SD1 Harry Lillis Bing Crosby, American singer and actor
2826 Ahti 1939 UJ Ahti, Finnish sea god
2827 Vellamo 1942 CC Vellamo, Finnish sea goddess, consort of Ahti
2828 Iku-Turso 1942 DL Iku-Turso, Finnish sea monster
2829 Bobhope 1948 PK Bob Hope, American comedian
2830 Greenwich 1980 GA Royal Greenwich Observatory, London, UK [MPC 8801]
2831 Stevin 1930 SZ Simon Stevin, Flemish scientist
2832 Lada 1975 EC1 Lada, Slavic goddess
2833 Radishchev 1978 PC4 Alexander Nikolayevich Radishchev, Russian author and social critic [MPC 8913]
2834 Christy Carol 1980 TB4 Daughter of the discoverer
2835 Ryoma 1982 WF Ryoma Sakamoto, Japanese samurai
2836 Sobolev 1978 YQ Viktor Viktorovich Sobolev, Russian astrophysicist
2837 Griboedov 1971 TJ2 Aleksandr Sergeevich Griboedov, Russian playwright [MPC 8913]
2838 Takase 1971 UM1 Bunshiro Takase, Japanese astronomer
2839 Annette 1929 TP Daughter of the discoverer
2840 Kallavesi 1941 UP Lake Kallavesi, Finland
2841 Puijo 1943 DM Puijo Hill, Lake Kallavesi, Finland
2842 Unsöld 1950 OD Albrecht Unsöld, German astronomer
2843 Yeti 1975 XQ Yeti, cryptozoological Himalayan humanoid
2844 Hess 1981 JP Frederick Hess, American astronomer
2845 Franklinken 1981 OF Kenneth Linn Franklin, American astronomer
2846 Ylppö 1942 CJ Arvo Ylppö, Finnish pediatrician
2847 Parvati 1959 CC1 Parvati, Hindu goddess, consort of Siva
2848 ASP 1959 VF Astronomical Society of the Pacific
2849 Shklovskij 1976 GN3 Iosif Samuilovich Shklovsky, Russian astronomer
2850 Mozhaiskij 1978 TM7 Alexander Fyodorovich Mozhaysky, Russian aviation pioneer
2851 Harbin 1978 UQ2 Harbin, China
2852 Declercq 1981 QU2 Maiden name of the discovere'rs wife
2853 Harvill 1963 RG Richard A. Harvill, astronomical supporter
2854 Rawson 1964 JE Guillermo Colesbery Rawson, Argentine physician
2855 Bastian 1931 TB2 Ulrich Bastian, German astronomer
2856 Röser 1933 GB Siegfried Röser, German astronomer
2857 NOT 1942 DA Nordic Optical Telescope
2858 Carlosporter 1975 XB Carlos Porter, Chilean zoologist
2859 Paganini 1978 RW1 Niccolò Paganini, Italian violinist
2860 Pasacentennium 1978 TA The centennial of the city of Pasadena, California
2861 Lambrecht 1981 VL2 Hermann Lambrecht, German astronomer
2862 Vavilov 1977 JP Nikolai Vavilov, Soviet botanist, Sergey Vavilov, Soviet physicist
2863 Ben Mayer 1981 QG2 Ben Mayer, American astronomer
2864 Soderblom 1983 AZ Laurence A. Soderblom, American planetary scientist
2865 Laurel 1935 OK Stan Laurel, British comedian
2866 Hardy 1961 TA Oliver Hardy, American comedian
2867 Šteins 1969 VC Karlis Augustovich Šteins, Latvian astronomer
2868 Upupa 1972 UA Upupa epops, the hoopoe
2869 Nepryadva 1980 RM2 Russian victory over Tataro-Mongols in the Battle of Kulikovo near Nepryadva River
2870 Haupt 1981 LD Hermann Haupt, Austrian astronomer
2871 Schober 1981 QC2 Hans Josef Schober, Austrian astronomer
2872 Gentelec 1981 RU GTE Research Laboratories, Waltham, Massachusetts
2873 Binzel 1982 FR Richard P. Binzel, American astronomer
2874 Jim Young 1982 TH James W. Young, American astronomer
2875 Lagerkvist 1983 CL Claes-Ingvar Lagerkvist, Swedish astronomer
2876 Aeschylus 6558 P-L Aeschylus, Greek playwright
2877 Likhachev 1969 TR2 Dmitry Sergeevich Likhachev, Soviet philologist [MPC 8913]
2878 Panacea 1980 RX Panacea, Roman goddess
2879 Shimizu 1932 CB1 Shin-ichi Shimizu, Japanese amateur astronomer [MPC 8801]
2880 Nihondaira 1983 CA Nihondaira, Shizuoka, Japan
2881 Meiden 1983 AA1 Meiden, Lithuanian god
2882 Tedesco 1981 OG Edward Francis Tedesco, American astronomer
2883 Barabashov 1978 RG6 Nikolai P. Barabashov, Soviet astronomer
2884 Reddish 1981 ES22 Vincent Cartledge Reddish, British astronomer
2885 Palva 1939 TC Tauno Pavla, Finnish ear surgeon, son-in-law of the discoverer
2886 Tinkaping 1965 YG Tinkaping, Hong Kong industrialist
2887 Krinov 1977 QD5 Yevgeny Leonidovich Krinov, Soviet meteoriticist
2888 Hodgson 1982 TO Richard G. Hodgson, American astronomer [MPC 8801]
2889 Brno 1981 WT1 Brno, Czech Republic
2890 Vilyujsk 1978 SY7 Vilyuysk, Yakut ASSR, Russia [MPC 8913]
2891 McGetchin 1980 MD Thomas Richard McGetchin, American planetary scientist
2892 Filipenko 1983 AX2 Aleksandr Grigorievich Filipenko, Chief of Surgery at the Crimean Regional Hospital at Bakhchisarai [MPC 8913]

2893 Peiroos 1975 QD Peiroos, mythical hero in the Trojan War
2894 Kakhovka 1978 SH5 Kakhovka, Ukraine[MPC 8913]
2895 Memnon 1981 AE1 Memnon, Ethiopian king, ally of Troy
2896 Preiss 1931 RN Gunter Preiss, astronomical supporter
2897 Ole Römer 1932 CK Ole Rømer, Danish astronomer
2898 Neuvo 1938 DN Yrjö Neuvo, the discoverer's grandson
2899 Runrun Shaw 1964 TR2 Sir Run Run Shaw, Chinese film producer
2900 Luboš Perek 1972 AR Luboš Perek, Czech astronomer
2901–3000
2901 Bagehot 1973 DP Walter Bagehot, British writer
2902 Westerlund 1980 FN3 Bengt E. Westerlund, Swedish astronomer
2903 Zhuhai 1981 UV9 Zhuhai, China
2904 Millman 1981 YB Peter Millman, Canadian astronomer
2905 Plaskett 1982 BZ2 John Stanley Plaskett, Canadian astronomer
2906 Caltech 1983 AE2 California Institute of Technology
2907 Nekrasov 1975 TT2 Nikolai Alekseevich Nekrasov, Russian poet [MPC 8913]
2908 Shimoyama 1981 WA Shimoyama, village in Japan [MPC 8801]
2909 Hoshi-no-ie 1983 JA Hoshi-no-ie Observatory, Japan; the name means 'star house' [Schmadel]
2910 Yoshkar-Ola 1980 TK13 Yoshkar-Ola, Russia [Schmadel]
2911 Miahelena 1938 GJ The discoverer's wife [Schmadel]
2912 Lapalma 1942 DM La Palma, the Spanish island, home to many observatories [Schmadel]
2913 Horta 1931 TK Victor Horta, Belgian architect [Schmadel]
2914 Glärnisch 1965 SB Glärnisch mountain, summit of the Swiss Alps [Schmadel]
2915 Moskvina 1977 QY2 Valentina Nikolaevna Moskvina, Russian doctor [Schmadel]
2916 Voronveliya 1978 PW2 Boris Alexandrovich Vorontsov-Velyaminov, Russian astronomer [Schmadel]
2917 Sawyer Hogg 1980 RR Helen Sawyer Hogg, American-Canadian astronomer [MPC 8801]
2918 Salazar 1980 TU4 Frederick Salazar, the discoverer's son-in-law [Schmadel]
2919 Dali 1981 EX18 Salvador Dalí, Catalan-Spanish artist [MPC 8802]
2920 Automedon 1981 JR Automedon, mythological Greek soldier [Schmadel]
2921 Sophocles 6525 P-L Sophocles, Greek dramatist [Schmadel]
2922 Dikan'ka 1976 GY1 Gogol's Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka [Schmadel]
2923 Schuyler 1977 DA Catherine Schuyler, Minor Planet Center administrator [Schmadel]
2924 Mitake-mura 1977 DJ2 Mitake-mura, town in Japan [MPC 8914]
2925 Beatty 1978 VC5 J. Kelly Beatty, astronomy writer and editor of Sky and Telescope
2926 Caldeira 1980 KG J.F.C. Caldeira, Brazilian astronomer [Schmadel]
2927 Alamosa 1981 TM Alamosa, Colorado [Schmadel]
2928 Epstein 1976 GN8 Isadore Epstein, American astronomer
2929 Harris 1982 BK1 Alan W. Harris, American astronomer [Schmadel]
2930 Euripides 6554 P-L Euripides, Greek dramatist [Schmadel]
2931 Mayakovsky 1969 UC Vladimir Mayakovsky, Russian poet [MPC 8914]
2932 Kempchinsky 1980 TK4 Paula Kempchinsky, daughter-in-law of the discoverer [Schmadel]
2933 Amber 1983 HN The discoverer's granddaughter [Schmadel]
2934 Aristophanes 4006 P-L Aristophanes, Greek dramatist [Schmadel]
2935 Naerum 1976 UU Nærum, a suburb north of Copenhagen [Schmadel]
2936 Nechvíle 1979 SF Vincence Nechvíle, Czech astronomer
2937 Gibbs 1980 LA Josiah Willard Gibbs, American scientist [Schmadel]
2938 Hopi 1980 LB The Hopi, the Native American people [Schmadel]
2939 Coconino 1982 DP Coconino County, Arizona containing the Hopi and Navajo Nation Reservations. The Lowell Observatory is in the county seat, Flagstaff [Schmadel]
2940 Bacon 3042 P-L Francis Bacon, English philosopher, statesman, and essayist [Schmadel]
2941 Alden 1930 YV Son of Clyde Tombaugh, the discoverer. [Schmadel]
2942 Cordie 1932 BG Cordula "Cordie" Robinson, American plantary geologist [Schmadel]
2943 Heinrich 1933 QU Inge Heinrich, German astronomer [Schmadel]
2944 Peyo 1935 QF Peyo, pseudonym of Pierre Culliford, Belgian illustrator [Schmadel]
2945 Zanstra 1935 ST1 Herman Zanstra, Dutch astronomer [Schmadel]
2946 Muchachos 1941 UV Roque de los Muchachos, site in the Canary Islands of several international observatories [Schmadel]
2947 Kippenhahn 1955 QP1 Rudolf Kippenhahn, German astronomer [Schmadel]
2948 Amosov 1969 TD2 Nikolai Mikhailovich Amosov, Ukrainian cardiologist
2949 Kaverznev 1970 PR Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Kaverznev, Soviet television journalist [MPC 8914]
2950 Rousseau 1974 VQ2 Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Swiss-French philosopher [Schmadel]
2951 Perepadin 1977 RB8 Aleksandr Ivanovich Perepadin Soviet agriculturalist [Schmadel]
2952 Lilliputia 1979 SF2 Lilliput, fictional land in Gulliver's Travels [Schmadel]
2953 Vysheslavia 1979 SV11 Leonid Nikolaevich Vysheslavskii (Leonid Vysheslavsky), Soviet poet [Schmadel]
2954 Delsemme 1982 BT1 Armand Hubert Delsemme, Belgian astronomer [Schmadel]
2955 Newburn 1982 BX1 Ray L. Newburn, American astronomer [Schmadel]
2956 Yeomans 1982 HN1 Donald Keith Yeomans, American astronomer
2957 Tatsuo 1934 CB1 Tatsuo Yamada, Japanese astronomer [Schmadel]
2958 Arpetito 1981 DG Composite name honouring E. Araya, J. Perez, R. Tighe and A Torrecon, workers at Grand Prism Objectif, La Silla [Schmadel]
2959 Scholl 1983 RE2 Hans Scholl, German astronomer [MPC 8802]
2960 Ohtaki 1977 DK3 Ohtaki, town in Japan [MPC 8914]
2961 Katsurahama 1982 XA Katsurahama, seashore resort in Kōchi, Japan [MPC 8802]
2962 Otto 1940 YF The discoverer's great-grandfather
2963 Chen Jiageng 1964 VM1 Chen Jiageng (Tan Kah Kee), Singaporean businessman, community leader, and philanthropist [Schmadel]
2964 Jaschek 1974 OA1 Carlos Jaschek (Carlos Oton Rüdiger Jaschek), German-born Argentinian astronomer [Schmadel]
2965 Surikov 1975 BX Vasili Ivanovich Surikov, Russian painter [Schmadel]
2966 Korsunia 1977 EB2 Korsun, Ukrainian city [Schmadel]
2967 Vladisvyat 1977 SS1 Vladimir Svyatoslavich, medieval prince of Kiev
2968 Iliya 1978 QJ Ilya Muromets, legendary Russian hero
2969 Mikula 1978 RU1 Mikula Selyaninovich, Russian legendary hero
2970 Pestalozzi 1978 UC Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, Swiss educational reformer [Schmadel]
2971 Mohr 1980 YL Josef M. Mohr, Czech astronomer
2972 Niilo 1939 TB The discoverer's great-grandson
2973 Paola 1951 AJ Her Majesty Queen Paola of Belgium (née Ruffo di Calabria)
2974 Holden 1955 QK Edward Singleton Holden, American astronomer [Schmadel]
2975 Spahr 1970 AF1 Timothy B. Spahr, American astronomer [Schmadel]
2976 Lautaro 1974 HR Lautaro, leader of the Araucanians of Chile [Schmadel]
2977 Chivilikhin 1974 SP Vladimir Alekseevich Chivilikhin, Russian author or Anatolii Timofeevich Chivilikhin, Russian poet [Schmadel]
2978 Roudebush 1978 SR Susan Roudebush, astronomical administrator [Schmadel]
2979 Murmansk 1978 TB7 Murmansk, Russia [MPC 8914]
2980 Cameron 1981 EU17 Alastair G. W. Cameron, American astronomer
2981 Chagall 1981 EE20 Marc Chagall, Belarusian artist [MPC 8802]
2982 Muriel 1981 JA3 The discoverer's mother-in-law
2983 Poltava 1981 RW2 Poltava, Ukrainian SSR (now Ukraine) [Schmadel]
2984 Chaucer 1981 YD Geoffrey Chaucer, English author [Schmadel]
2985 Shakespeare 1983 TV1 William Shakespeare, English playwright [Schmadel]
2986 Mrinalini 2525 P-L Mrinalini Sarabhai, classical Indian dancer and choreographer [Schmadel]
2987 Sarabhai 4583 P-L Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai, Indian space scientist [Schmadel]
2988 Korhonen 1943 EM Tapio Korhonen, Finnish astronomer [Schmadel]
2989 Imago 1976 UF1 The Latin word for 'image' [Schmadel]
2990 Trimberger 1981 EN27 Stephen M. Trimberger, American astronomer and computer scientist
2991 Bilbo 1982 HV Bilbo Baggins, character in The Lord of the Rings [Schmadel]
2992 Vondel 2540 P-L Joost van den Vondel, Dutch poet and playwright [Schmadel]
2993 Wendy 1970 PA The discoverer's wife [Schmadel]
2994 Flynn 1975 PA The discoverer's wife [Schmadel]
2995 Taratuta 1978 QK Evgeniya Aleksandrovna Taratuta, Soviet writer [Schmadel]
2996 Bowman 1954 RJ Fred Bowman, American astronomer
2997 Cabrera 1974 MJ Laurentino Ascencio Cabrera (1917–2003), Argentinian astronomer
2998 Berendeya 1975 TR3 The magical land in The Snow Maiden by Alexander Ostrovsky [Schmadel]
2999 Dante 1981 CY Dante Alighieri, Florentine (Italian) poet [Schmadel]
3000 Leonardo 1981 EG19 Leonardo da Vinci, Florentine (Italian) genius [Schmadel]
Preceded by
2,001–2,500
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 2,501–3,000
Succeeded by
3,001–3,500

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