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Answered 2010-05-28 07:43:48

Pluto is the Roman name of the god Hades, the god of the underworld. It follows the tradition of naming the planets after the Greek and Roman gods.

The name "Pluto" was proposed by Venetia Burney, an 11 year old schoolgirl from Oxford, England who was interested in Astronomy and mythology.

The Disney Dog and the element plutonium were named after the "planet" Pluto.

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