Discovered 1892 Nov. 28 by A. Charlois at Nice.
Named possibly in honor of the contemporal German writer Karl May (1842–1912), well-known for his many novels dealing with adventures among the Indians of the wild West (Winnetou). May also published a lot of exciting travelogues from the Ottoman Empire. (G. Zech; LDS)
Karl May was later also honored by planet (15728).
The books of Karl May were widely distributed in many languages — partly in large editions — in central Europe. French translations appeared in journals (starting 1881) as well as in books (by Mame et Fils, Tours, since 1885).