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What Meanings of All 50 State Names
http://www.likecool.com ^ | January 7, 2014 | Ben

Posted on 01/11/2014 7:55:32 AM PST by NKP_Vet

Here is all 50 state names meaning and how the name originated: Alabama: From the Choctaw word albah amo meaning "thicket-clearers" or "plant-cutters." Alaska: From the Aleut word alaxsxaq, from Russian Аляска, meaning "the object toward which the action of the sea is directed." Arizona: From the O'odham (a Uto-Aztecan language) word ali sona-g via Spanish Arizonac meaning "good oaks." Arkansas: From a French pronunciation of an Algonquin name for the Quapaw people: akansa. This word, meaning either "downriver people" or “people of the south wind," comes from the Algonquin prefix -a plus the Siouan word kká:ze for a group of tribes including the Quapaw. California: In his popular novel "Las sergas de Esplandián" published in 1510, writer Garci Ordóñez de Montalvo named an imaginary realm California. Spanish explorers of the New World could have mistaken Baja California as the mythical place. Where Montalvo learned the name and its meaning remain a mystery. Colorado: Named for the Rio Colorado (Colorado River), which in Spanish means "ruddy" or "reddish."

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TOPICS: Education; History; Miscellaneous; Reference
KEYWORDS: statenames
Both Carolinas were named for King Charles II. The proper form of Charles in Latin is Carolus, and the division into north and south originated in 1710. In latin, Carolus is a strong form of the pronoun "he" and translates in many related languages as a "free or strong" man.

I am Carolus - The Free and Strong

1 posted on 01/11/2014 7:55:32 AM PST by NKP_Vet
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To: NKP_Vet

That means most or all of those names are racist and need to be changed!


2 posted on 01/11/2014 7:58:22 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: NKP_Vet

Only dispute I would have is that Arkansas is pronounced with the emphasis on the second syllable. At least here in Kansas. It’s certainly pronounced that way when speaking of the river.


3 posted on 01/11/2014 8:05:07 AM PST by Mercat
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To: Mercat
Only dispute I would have is that Arkansas is pronounced with the emphasis on the second syllable. At least here in Kansas. It’s certainly pronounced that way when speaking of the river.

I understand that beyond the borders of the Bear State, the river is pronounced "Are Kansas."

4 posted on 01/11/2014 8:10:15 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: Fiji Hill

Yup


5 posted on 01/11/2014 8:11:57 AM PST by Mercat
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To: NKP_Vet
Oklahoma: From a Choctaw word, meaning "red people," which breaks down as okla "nation, people" + homma "red."

Given the kerfuffle over the Redskins name (including the US Trademark office deeming it offensive,) how long will it be until Oklahoma is required to change its name?

6 posted on 01/11/2014 8:16:59 AM PST by kabar
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To: NKP_Vet

BFL


7 posted on 01/11/2014 8:21:17 AM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: NKP_Vet
I know what "Massachusetts" means:

Home of various illegal alien relatives of Osama Obama.

8 posted on 01/11/2014 8:29:18 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: NKP_Vet

I always thought Colorado was Spanish for “Land without Guardrails.”


9 posted on 01/11/2014 8:30:24 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: kabar; kcvl
Oklahoma: From a Choctaw word, meaning "red people," which breaks down as okla "nation, people" + homma "red."

Hmmmmmmmmm. My understanding was that it came the Ponca term: Land of bad water where red man get sick and die.

Of course, the Ponca reservation was just south of Ponca City -- located on the Salt Fork of the Arkansas.

10 posted on 01/11/2014 8:42:53 AM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: NKP_Vet

Massachusetts was named after some Indians? It will have to be renamed. What’s the Algonquin word for “arrogant jackass”? Ahhhh.....here it is in the translator. “Arrogant jackass” is “lizzywarren”. Well, that’s already taken.


11 posted on 01/11/2014 8:43:09 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: kabar

And then just wait till the ACLU types get involved, with separation of church and state. Many places, such as St. Paul, St. Louis, San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, etc. will have to change their names.


12 posted on 01/11/2014 8:54:28 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: zot; Interesting Times

Note Ponca city ping for post 10


13 posted on 01/11/2014 8:55:10 AM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: NKP_Vet

This is wrong. Minnesota means land of many socialists, unable to drown in 10,000 lakes.


14 posted on 01/11/2014 9:22:00 AM PST by LachlanMinnesota
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To: Mercat

In Arkansas, it is placed on the first syllable.


15 posted on 01/11/2014 12:09:34 PM PST by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: NKP_Vet

Montana is the snowiest staye, and Nevada the most mountainous.

Yet montana means mountainous and Nevada means snowy.


16 posted on 01/11/2014 12:48:08 PM PST by Atlas Sneezed ("Income Inequality?" Let's start with Washington DC vs. the rest of the nation!)
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the Ponca City ping. The Ponca tribe still lives there, but the Osage tribe has all the oil wells.


17 posted on 01/11/2014 12:57:01 PM PST by zot
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To: NKP_Vet

We’re Americans honey, our names don’t mean $%^&.


18 posted on 01/11/2014 12:58:21 PM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: Shery

Yah... but that’s Arkansas.


19 posted on 01/11/2014 1:14:54 PM PST by Mercat
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To: Fiji Hill
Only dispute I would have is that Arkansas is pronounced with the emphasis on the second syllable. At least here in Kansas. It’s certainly pronounced that way when speaking of the river.

I understand that beyond the borders of the Bear State, the river is pronounced "Are Kansas."

The river is the proof.

Above Tulsa, OK, the river is pronounced "Are Kansas". Below Tulsa, it is "Are-Kan-Saw".

The dividing line is roughly the 51st Street Bridge...

20 posted on 01/11/2014 1:52:16 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: NKP_Vet

That web site could have done a better job of formatting.


21 posted on 01/11/2014 1:55:42 PM PST by deport
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To: kabar

Many years ago, before the US census records were online, I was going through some census records (perhaps from 1880) and ran across an individual with the name Oklahoma. I didn’t write the location down—the man was an American Indian. It was well before the name Oklahoma was adopted for what was then Indian Territory.


22 posted on 01/11/2014 7:09:37 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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