Etymology of US states

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

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Created Dec 18, 2010ReportNominate
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