How All 50 U.S. States Got Their Names

How Each Of The 50 US States Got Their Names

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  • Susana

    I stopped at “New Mexico”, that information is wrong: the god of war in Aztec mythology is Huitzilopochtli, and ‘Meztil’ not Mextli is the goddess of the moon in the Mexica mythology.
    The patrons in Aztec mythology are Mictlantecuhtli y Quetzalcóatl, they symbolize life and death they’re a duality and need each other to give life. A balance.

    And Mexico itself is formally called like that, in addition to that it has two official names which are Mexican Republic and the United Mexican States. Mexico has three names.

  • Dana

    Arkansas is wrong. The meaning is correct but the spelling is wrong. It use to be spelled Arkansaw and a newspaper reported changed it to Arkansas because he thought it looked more educated.

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  • KF

    There are some discrepancy in your French.

    Oregon: It’s ‘Fleuve’ and not Flueve.
    Iowa: ‘ayuhwa’ as no meaning in French, not even in old French.

  • James

    Utah is also wrong – it means:

    yudah “high” (in reference to living in the mountains).
    Spanish yuta, from Ute entaw or yuta (“diggers of the mountain tops”)

    It basically means “tops of the mountains”.

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  • Mary Kay Tyminski

    Oops… Minnesota means “sky tinted waters”.

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  • Jen

    For Mississippi – the name Mississippi given to it by the Indians, was the name that was used on Robert Cavelier Sieur de La Salle’s map of the area in 1695.

    Mississippi means “large river” to the Chippewa Indians.

  • Russ

    Pennsylvania was not named after William Penn. If that had been the case, the name of the state would have been Pennwilliam. Instead, it is named after William Penn’s wife, Sylvania, thus the name of the stated, Pennsylvania.

  • WOT

    New Mexico is wrong.
    It’s called New MEXICO, because Coronado, a Spanish settler thought the land contained riches like Mexico.
    New Mexico was only apart of Mexico for 10 years shortly after Spain lost it and then it was shortly taken over by the USA.

    So many misconceptions about out state already and this is making it worse.
    Thanks! 🙂