U.S. State Name Meanings

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

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