1937 RA. Discovered 1937 Aug. 30 by G. N. Neujmin at Simeis. Independently discovered 1937 Aug. 31 by H. Alikoski at Turku.
Named in honor of Prof. N. S. Yakhontova. Mrs. Yakhontova was in charge of the Minor Planet Department of the Institute of Theoretical Astronomy for about 30 years. (M 2740)
Name proposed by the Institute of Theoretical Astronomy, Leningrad.