The Meanings of All 50 State Names

State Name Etymologies

Christina Sterbenz of Business Insider has put together a fascinating list of the etymologies of all 50 state’s names. Michigan was named for Lake Michigan, stemming from a French spelling of meshi-gami, which means “big lake” in Algonquian, and Ohio was named for the Iroquoian word for “good river” in reference to the Ohio River. According to the list, many states seem to get their names from major bodies of water. Visit Business Insider to learn more.

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