History Quiz / US State Name Origins

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Quiz Updated Aug 20, 2012

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Named After ... State % Correct
Queen Elizabeth I, the 'Virgin Queen'Virginia
86.7%
Similiarity of a state island to the Isle of Rhodes or Dutch for 'red island'Rhode Island
83.6%
The woods of William PennPennsylvania
82.3%
First President of the United StatesWashington
78.2%
King Louis XIV of FranceLouisiana
75.9%
The Duke of York of EnglandNew York
75.9%
King George II of EnglandGeorgia
69.9%
Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of England's King Charles IMaryland
67.3%
Spanish for 'mountain' or 'mountainous'Montana
65.9%
Probably Polynesian for 'homeland' or for the traditional discoverer of the islandsHawaii
65.8%
King Charles I of England; Southern RegionSouth Carolina
65.5%
French for 'green mountain'Vermont
63.1%
Sioux for 'friend' or 'ally'; Southern RegionSouth Dakota
59%
King Charles I of England; Northern RegionNorth Carolina
58.5%
Sioux for 'friend' or 'ally'; Northern regionNorth Dakota
58.2%
Dakota Sioux tribe called “Ayouos” (French), “Ajoues” (Spanish) or “Ioways' (English), possibly meaning 'beautiful land'Iowa
57.5%
'Land of the Indians'Indiana
55.8%
Western counties that refused to follow rest of state in seceding from the UnionWest Virginia
55.5%
Spanish for 'colored red'Colorado
54%
New name for land conquered in war 1846-48New Mexico
52.9%
Ojibwe for 'big lake'Michigan
52.1%
Island in the English ChannelNew Jersey
51.5%
Spanish for 'flowery' as in 'flowery Easter'Florida
49.3%
Algonquian for 'big river'Mississippi
48.4%
Cherokee village called Tanasi and corresponding riverTennessee
47.5%
Named After ... State % Correct
Coastal county in southern EnglandNew Hampshire
43.8%
Aleut for 'mainland' or 'land facing the sea'Alaska
40.9%
Aztec for 'silver-bearing', Pima for 'little spring place' or Basque for 'good oak'Arizona
40.7%
Probably refers to the 'mainland' as opposed to coastal islandsMaine
39.8%
Spanish for 'snow covered'Nevada
39.6%
River and bay named for Sir Thomas West, the 12th Baron De La WarrDelaware
31.5%
Dakota Sioux for 'sky-tinted water' or 'cloudy water' referring to a river of the same nameMinnesota
31.2%
From the Native American 'Ute' tribe and means 'people of the mountains.'Utah
27%
Probably engraver's error in naming the 'Ouisiconsink' river or Algonquian 'wauregan' and 'olighin' meaning 'good' and 'beautiful'Oregon
26.4%
Otos name meaning 'flat water' for Platte riverNebraska
24.8%
Probably Iroquois for 'great river' or 'big river'Ohio
23.3%
Probably for fictional island in 16th century novel 'Las Sergas de Esplandián'California
21.5%
Sioux for 'south wind people' and a river of the same nameKansas
20%
Choctaw for 'red people'Oklahoma
19.5%
Lenape for 'at the big plains' or 'at the big river flat'Wyoming
18.1%
Southern Sioux tribe and river name meaning 'large canoes'Missouri
17.1%
Probably Choctaw for 'thicket-clearers' or 'we stay here' or Creek for 'tribal town'Alabama
15.4%
French version of Algonquin for 'warriors' or 'tribe of superior men'Illinois
15.3%
Algonquian for 'at or about the great hill'Massachusetts
13.8%
Probably Iroquois river name meaning 'meadowland', 'dark and bloody ground' or 'land of tomorrow'Kentucky
13.6%
Likely corruption of Miami for 'river running through a red place' or Chippewa for 'gathering of waters'Wisconsin
13.4%
Either an invented word or an English corruption of Kiowa-Apache for 'enemy' Idaho
12.8%
Caddo for 'friend' or 'friends'Texas
12%
Algonquian for 'beside the long tidal river'Connecticut
11.9%
French version of Algonquian name for Quapaw tribe meaning 'wind people'Arkansas
11.3%
 
Number % Answered
50 (all)
3%
45-49
3.4%
40-44
3.2%
35-39
5.9%
30-34
10.4%
25-29
15.2%
20-24
15.9%
15-19
12.6%
10-14
9.2%
5-9
9.4%
1-4
11.9%

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