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How did Alabama get its name?


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Answered 2017-01-14 05:29:50

Alabama means "tribal town" in the Creek Indian language and "plant cutters" in Choctaw. The French recorded the Alabama River as something like "where the Alabamians live". So whatever the correct etymology is the name stuck and Alabama is named for the Native Americans that lived there.

It comes from the Alabama Indians a Native American culture that lived in the area. The name may be from the Choctaw language meaning "plant cutters" but its certain etymology is unclear. In any case they were known by that name to the early French explorers of the region.

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Answered 2016-12-30 19:06:14

The US state of Alabama was named after the Alabama River that runs through it. It seems that the name was based on a Native American name and the European settlers used "Alabama" for the area they settled in.

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Answered 2008-01-05 09:54:51

Alabama means "tribal town" in the Creek Indian language.

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