Etymology of US states

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

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Created Dec 18, 2010ReportNominate
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