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How did Utah get its name?

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2016-07-01 03:53:26

Th US State of Utah got its name from native tribe known as the

Nuutsiu or Utes (which itself may come from the Apache yudah, yiuta

or yuttahih, meaning 'they who are higher up'), encountered by

Spanish in the late 1500s. Utemeans 'Land of the Sun' and 'Nuciu'

'Nuutsiu' or 'Noochew' as 'the people', in the tribe's


The state of Utah was named after the native American tribe the

Utes who lived in the region. Utah was going to be named Deseret

but was then changed to Utah.

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