- Meanings of minor planet names: 31001–32000
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 Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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 31020 Skarupa 1996 FP1 Valerie Skarupa, American AMOS program manager † 31043 Sturm 1996 LT Charles-François Sturm, 19th-century Swiss-French mathematician † 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 † 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 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 † 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" † 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 † 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 † 31267 Kuldiga 1998 ES14 Kuldīga, Latvia † 31268 Welty 1998 FA Sandra Welty, American high-school teacher of English † 31301–31400 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 † 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 † 31401–31500 31414 Rotarysusa 1999 AV22 Rotary Club, Val Susa, Italy † 31442 Stark 1999 CY1 Lawrence W. Stark, American professor emeritus of physiological optics and engineering † 31458 Delrosso 1999 CG16 Renzo Del Rosso, Italian amateur astronomer † 31501–31600 31555 Wheeler 1999 EV2 John Archibald Wheeler, American theoretical physicist † 31601–31700 31605 Braschi 1999 GM4 Nicoletta Braschi, Italian actress † 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 † 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 † Preceded by
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 31,001–32,000
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