Etymology of US states

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NamesakeStateFrom which word
Dakota, possibly for 'Sleepy ones'
Named for the Kaw tribe, whose name may have a connection to the wind
Named for the state it originally was a part of
Western Apache for 'High'
French for 'Green mountain'
Spanish for 'Mountain'
Eastern Algonquian for 'At the long river'
Illinois for 'Dugout canoe'
Named for the Queen of England from 1625-1649
Either Dutch for Red or name for Greek island of a similar name
Munsee Delaware for 'At the big river flat'
Latin for 'Land of the Indians'
Dakota for 'Cloudy water'
Seneca for 'Large creek'
Chiwere for 'Flattened water'
Either Basque for 'Good oak', O'odham for 'Having a little spring' or Spanish for 'Arid zone'
Latin Feminine form of the King of Great Britain from 1727-1760
Spanish for 'Reddish'
NamesakeStateFrom which word
Many different suggestions. Possibly named for the fictional island of the same name in 'Las Sergas deEsplandián'
Iroquian for
After an English county of the same name
Either from the English 'Mainland', French province of the same name or after an English village in the state.
Michigan for 'Large water'
Choctaw for 'Plant-cutters'
Either Connecticut Pidgin for 'Beautiful', a French mistranscription for the Wisconsin River or Chinook for
Spanish for 'Snow-covered'
From Nahuatl. Meaning is unknown, possibly a God or meaning 'Bavel of the Moon'
Ojibwe for 'Great river'
Very likely from the old Norse name of 'Geirr's Island'
Name of an English baron, whose name possibly was Norman French for 'of the war'
Name of a Cherokee village, unknown meaning
Name of the Sun King of France
Miami for 'It lies red'
Algonquian for 'At the great hill' on plural
Algonquian for
Possibly Plains Apache for 'enemy'
Sioux for 'Ally' or 'Friend'
Named for the first President of the United States
Hawiian, possibly for 'Land of the gods'

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