Etymology of US states

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

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