U.S. State Name Meanings

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A Munsee Delaware word for 'at the big river flat' (the name was transported westward from a Pennsylvanian valley of the same name)
Named after King Charles I of England and the state's geographic location
Named after Queen Henrietta Maria of England
An Eastern Algonquian word meaning 'at the long tidal river'
Comes from the Caddo word for 'friend'
Nobody is sure of the etymology but it might be Plains Apache for 'enemy'
Ojibwe word meaning 'great river' in reference to the river of the same name
Named after an island in the English Channel
Named in honor of the former title of King James II of England
Probably a corrupted translation of the Miami word for 'it lies red'
Named after King George II of Great Britain
Either named after the legendary homeland of the Polynesians or for the legendary discoverer of the state
A rough translation of a Choctaw word meaning 'Indian territory'
Spanish for 'red' or 'reddish' in reference to the river of the same name
Theories abound but one suggests that the name comes from a French mistranslation of the Native word 'Ouisconsin,' the Native name of a local river
Either a basque word meaning 'good oak' or a O'odham work meaning 'small spring'
Derived from 'Tanasi,' a Cherokee village
Spanish for 'mountain' in reference to the state's most prominent natural feature
Sioux word for 'ally' or 'friend' and the state's geographic location
Named after a Muskogean tribe that lived below the confluence of the Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers
Named for the river of the same name which is named after the Kaw tribe
Named in honor of America's first president
A Seneca word for 'large creek'
Named after Elizabeth I of England's title
Name BackgroundU.S. State
Either Dutch for 'red island' or a reference to an island chain in the Aegean Sea
Latin word meaning 'land of the Indians'
Named after a country whose name probably derives from the god Mextli
A Dakota word meaning 'cloudy water' in reference to the river of the same name
Named after the river of the same name which was named after Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr
Named after a county in England
Named for the local tribe that may mean 'sleepy ones'
An Ottawa word for 'large water'
Spanish for 'snow covered' in reference to white-capped mountains
French pronunciation of the Algonquian word for 's/he speaks normally'
Named after the river of the same name which probably means 'on the meadow' or 'on the prairie' in Iroquoian
A Western Apache word meaning 'high'
Likely, the name refers to the state being on the mainland as opposed to the coastal islands
French for 'green mountain'
Named for a fictional utopia found in the novel 'The Exploits of Esplandian'
Named after King Louis XIV of France
Spanish for 'flowery Easter' in honor of the time of year it was discovered
Algonquian for 'near the great little-mountain'
Derived from the Aleut word for 'the mainland'
Named after Elizabeth I of England's title and the state's geographic location
Chiwere word for 'flattened water' after the Platte River
French pronunciation of a Quapaw word meaning 'land of downriver people' or 'people of the south wind'
An Illinois word meaning 'dugout canoe'
Named after Admiral William Penn

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