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How Did Every US State Get Its Name?

Updated 26 Feb 2020 65.9k views50 items

Have you ever wondered where your state's name comes from? If you assume they come from the indigenous peoples who once lived there, you're likely right. Almost half of all state name origins can be sourced to the Native Americans, typically because they first named a river or lake in the region. But there are others that aren't so obvious. 

Every US state on the map has an interesting naming origin if you dig deep enough. Many, in fact, remain mysteries to this day. If you're an etymology nerd or a fan of United States history, this super-sized list has plenty for you to ponder.

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