1979 XG. Discovered 1979 Dec. 14 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.
Named in honor of Fraser P. Fanale, planetary scientist at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu. Fanale has specialized in the study of volatile compounds in the planets and carried out some of the earliest work in relating C-type minor planets to the carbonaceous chondrites. (M 12804)
Name suggested and citation prepared by J. F. Bell.