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Americanization of Spanish for 'mountain'
Americanized version of Russian word for 'large country'
The Sioux word for 'ally' (S)
Eventual product of various corruptions of the French meaning 'of war'
Americanization of the French version of the Miami instruction for 'speak normally'
Named after the Duke of York & Albany
Dakota for 'cloudy water'
Named for Charles I (N)
From the Mohawk for 'prairie'
Named after the local name for what is now the Columbia River
English spelling of French corruption of Miami word for 'lying red'
Named after a Greek island
State originally thought to be an island, named for a fictional Spanish island ruled by Califia
Named for a Valley in Pennsylvania, the name moving Westward with travellers
A combination of Dakota and French, named for the local people
Spanish for 'snowy'
Named for an English County
Local language referring to the lands becoming a 'flat river'
Named for its commander, Louis XVI
From a native East-American/Canadian language referring to the long river
The Sioux word for 'ally' (N)
Cherokee village name
Accidental and misspelt transcription of French word for 'Illinois'
Named after a river that was designated to the local alibamu tribe
From words in three Spanish denominations, referring to both strange vegetation and a lack of it
Americanized version of Spanish borrowing of local word 'tayha' meaning 'friend'
Choctaw for 'Indian territory'
Named after the original land bought by William Penn
Native language word for 'around the great hill'
Ojibwe for 'large lake'
Old French for a small body of water to cross OR an English village
Split from Raleigh's first colony named after Elizabeth I (W)
Illinois for 'dugout canoe'
Named for a Channel Island
Ojibwe for 'large river'
Named for the first President
French for 'green mountain'
Named for Charles I (S)
Named after Charles I's wife
Old Spanish for 'colored ruddy'
Translated from the Spanish name, which was named by Aztec settlers after a god
The Seneca word for 'large creek'
From the Spanish word 'yute' referring to the people settling
Named by Raleigh for his Queen and confidante
Old Spanish for 'flowered'
Named for George II
Both after the legendary homeland of Polynesians and legendary discovery of the State
A made up word proposed for several Western States, used so often to refer to this unnamed area that it stuck
Named after the Kaw tribe and the winds in the area
Literally 'of the Indians'

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