Where did the names of the American states come from?

Everyone knows that the United States of America unites 50 states, with the capital in Washington. Today we will talk about them. Or rather, about the name of the states of America, and where these names come from.

Alaska

It comes from the Aleut word Alakshak, which means “great lands” or “peninsula”. The Aleuts are the indigenous inhabitants of those places.

Arizona

The Spanish version of the Aztec word Arizuma, which means "carrying silver."

Arkansas

French version of the Sioux word Acansa, meaning "downstream place"

California

Comes from the Spanish conquistadors. Adapted from the 1510 novel "" Las Serges de Esplandian ", which describes a paradise island with that name.

Colorado

It is based on the Spanish expression “colored red”.

Connecticut

Derived from the Indian Quinnehtukqut - “by the big turbulent river”.

Delaware

Named after Sir Thomas West (Lord De La Warr), Governor of Virginia, 1610.

Florida

Named so by the Spaniards on the day of Easter 1513. In translation it means “Flower Easter”.

Georgia

Named after King George II of England

Hawaii

Most likely comes from the local word Owhyhee, which means Motherland.

Idaho

In the language of the local Indians - “gem of the mountains”.

Illinois

French version of the word of the Algonquin Indians, which means "warriors" or "a tribe of the best people"

Indiana

An invented word meaning something like "Land of the Indians."

Iowa

The name of an Indian tribe belonging to the Sioux group of tribes.

Kansas

Sioux word for "people of the south wind"

Kentucky

Similar things are found in different Indian languages. Most likely it is the Iroquois Ken-tah-ten, which means "tomorrow's earth"

Louisiana

Named by the French in honor of King Louis XIV

Maine

Most likely a modified English "Main", which means "main". According to another version, it comes from the name of the French province of Maine.

Maryland

Named after Queen Mary Henrieta, wife of Charles I

Massachusetts

Comes from the language of the Algonquin Indians and means roughly “at the great hill”.

Michigan

Derived from the Chippewa Indian word meicigama and means “great water”.

Minneso

Word of the Dakota Indians, from the Sioux group. Means "sky-covered water".

Mississippi

French version of the Indian name of the river Misi-ziibi, which means "great river"

Missouri

Derived from the language of the Sioux Indians and means “big canoe river” or “wooden canoe people”

Montana

Derived from the Spanish word meaning "mountain" (state)

Nebraska

Derived from the word of the Otos Indians and means "slow river"

Nevada

The Spanish word means “covered with snow”.

New Hamshire

Named after the English county of Hampshire.

New Jersey

Named after a certain Jersey island.

New Mexico

Translated into English from the Spanish name Nuevo Mexico - the former Mexican possessions north of the Rio Grande River. Mexico is an Aztec word meaning “Place of Mexitli”. Mexitli is one of the Indian gods.

New York

Named after the English city of York.

North / South Carolina

Latin name after the English king Charles I

North / South Dakota

In Sioux it means "friend". The tribe of the Sioux group is also called.

Ohio

The word of the Iroquois Indians, meaning "good river".

Oklahoma

Comes from the Choctaw Indian expression “okla humma”, which means “red people”. okla - people, humma - red.

Oregon

The origin is not clear. Possibly come from French maps where Wisconsin was spelled Ouaricon-sint

Pennsylvania

In honor of the colonist William Penn.

Rhode Island

The English translation of the name given by the Italians is isola di Rhode, in honor of the island of Rhodes.

Tennessee

The name is after the Tanasi Cherokee Indian village. One of the rivers is also called.

Texas

Derived from the word of the Caddo Indians and means "friends" or "allies"

Utah

It comes from the word yuttahih of the Apache Indians and means “the one that is higher”.

Vermont

Derived from the French Verd Mont, which means "green mountain".

West Virginia

Derived from the English virgin, which means "virgin". The name is given in honor of the English virgin queen Elizabeth I

Washington

Named after the first President of the United States, George Washington. By the way, so as not to confuse the name of the state and the capital of the state, it is also called the District of Columbia in honor of the discoverer of America Christopher Columbus.

Wisconsin

Derived from the Chippewa Indians' word Ouisconsin, which means "rubbish place".

Wyoming

Derived from the word of the Algonquin Indians and means "great prairie".