Where did the name Arizona come from?


Some scholars believe the name is simply an abbreviation of the Spanish phrase arida zona, "dry region", although the phrasing is atypical for Spanish.

The Basque etymology ( Basque phrase aritz ona, "good oak") is the one preferred by Arizona state historian Marshall Trimble, among other specialists.

There is also the O'odham phrase alĭ ṣonak, "small spring"

The name Arizonac was initially applied to the silver mining camp, and later (shortened to Arizona) to the entire territory.