1950 WA. Discovered 1950 Nov. 17 by L. Boyer at Algiers.
Named in honor of the birthplace of P. Pretre. This is the sixth-century name of the present town of Gien (Loiret), which has a rich history and suffered terribly during the occupation of 1940. (M 1221)
Name assigned by the discoverer, following a suggestion made by P. Pretre, Toulouse, who computed the orbit of this planet.