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QUIZ: Can you name the US states by namesake?

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

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