How did Alabama get its name?
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.
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.