U.S. State Name Meanings

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

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