New rules have been approved by the IAU Executive Committee, following the recommendations of IAU Executive Committee Task Group on “Public Naming of Planets and Planetary Satellites”.
The document "Public Naming of Planets and Planetary Satellites: Reaching Out for Worldwide Recognition with the Help of the IAU" is now available online for download in PDF format (128 KB). Read about IAU's statements and rules regarding suggestions for names and public naming campaigns.
People have been naming celestial objects for at least as long as there has been written word. Almost every civilization and culture uses names to describe the stars and planets visible to the naked eye, as well as their apparent distribution on the sky.