U.S. State Name Meanings

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

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