U.S. State Name Meanings

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

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