How did American states get their names?
Many different things ranging from kings and queens to the people who first settled there These were named after native ("Indian") tribes: * Alaska * Arkansas * Colorado * Connecticut * Delaware * Iowa * Idaho * Illinois * Kansas * Massachusetts * Michigan * Minnesota * Missouri * Mississippi * Montana * North Dakota * Nebraska * Ohio * Oklahoma * Oregon * South Dakota * Tennessee * Utah * Wisconsin * Wyoming I suspect these were also "Indian" tribes, but not so sure: * Alabama * Nevada * Kentucky Indiana was named generically after the local people who are all but gone now. These were named after French or English royalty: * Georgia (named after King George by Oglethorpe) * Maryland * North Carolina * South Carolina * Louisiana (King Louis of France) * Virginia (After the virgin queen, as opposed to the other kinds) * West Virginia (split off by A. Lincoln during our Civil War) Rhode Island got its name from the Dutch pronunciation of "Red Island". These were named after other places: * New Hampshire (old Hampshire is in Britain) * New Jersey (old Jersey is in Britain) * New Mexico (old Mexico is just south of New Mexico) * New York (old York is in Britain) Pennsylvania was named after William Penn. Washington was named after our First President, perhaps the best we've ever had. (Lincoln was better with the written word, but George united the nation and repelled the greatest armed forces from the biggest superpower on earth; Lincoln embroiled us in a civil war where Americans killed Americans for half a decade.) Others/unknown: * Arizona (arid zone?) * California * District of Columbia * Florida (means "Easter" in Espanol?) * Hawaii * Maine * Texas * Vermont
The stars on the American Flag represent each of the 50 states. Essentially the names of the stars are the names of the states. AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming
You can use a site like Pronounce Names but you will need look at the phonetics the site gives to "sound out" the names. You might also find some videos on YouTube, such as: Place Names You can also find videos on YouTube that show how to pronounce rivers and cities in the United States. Many place names come from Native American Indian languages.
Some of the names applied to the Southern soldier: Seesesh, Secessionist, Reb, Rebel, Johnny, and Johnny Reb. These names were also used to denote the Confederate Armies, the Confederacy or any state that was a part of the Confederacy. The name for the states in rebellion was The Confederate States of America.
26 States with Native American names: Connecticutt, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Idaho, Iowa, N. Dakota, S. Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Michigan, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Delaware, Alaska, Massachusetts, Oregon, Wyoming. The state of Connecticutt can be translated into " Place beside a long river".
State names are derived from English, Latin, Spanish, French, Hawaiian, and Native American words. For example, an English named state would be New York, a Latin one Pennsylvania, a Spanish one California, a French one Louisiana, a Hawaiian one Hawaii, and a Native American one New Mexico. Some states etymologies are undetermined, such as Idaho.
Those would be: Sonora Durango Jalisco Tamaulipas Baja California (Norte and Sur) Zacatecas Veracruz Nuevo Leon Guerrero San Luis Potosi Puebla Guanajuato Queretaro Aguascalientes The other states come from native American names (i.e: Chihuahua, Oaxaca, Yucatan) or honoring important people from Mexico's past (Morelos, Quintana Roo).
No person actually named the states. Their names as territories or colonies were established before they became states. Some of the colonies were named for kings and queens when their charters were drawn up. Other names just evolved from Indian names or The final names were part of their application for statehood.