Monthly Archives: April 2013
Originally spelled Ouragon the actual history of how Oregon got its name is quite ambiguous. One possible explanation is that in a map engraved in the 1700’s the engraver mistakenly wrote Ouaricon-sint instead of the name for the Wisconsin river … Continue reading
Rhode Island Colony was actually founded on what is now Aquidneck (near Newport). The theory on how it got its name states the explorer Giovanni de Verrazzano remarked how present day Aquidneck reminded him of the Greek islands of Rhodes … Continue reading
Juan Pardo was one of three Spanish explorers to map the area that is now known as Tennessee. He derived the name from the word “Tanasqui” that was told to him by a local Indian village to describe the area.
This state was named by the Arapaho Indians who called it woo’teeneihi’ which means “place of the Utes”. The Utes were the native people of the area at the time of the naming.
Vermont was originally claimed by the French. They saw the green mountains of the area and named the area “Vert Mont” or Green Mountain.
In the late 1500’s Queen Elizabeth I was sitting on the throne in England. She was also known as the “Virgin Queen” and it is thought that Virginia is named after the virgin queen Elizabeth.
This state’s origin should probably go without saying but its named after George Washington, the first president.
Along with Virginia, West Virginia derived its name from the “virgin queen” Queen Elizabeth I.
The area of what is now known as Wyoming was inhabited by the Algonquin-speaking Munsee Indians. They named the land xwé:wamənk which means “at the big river flat” which later evolved into the name Wyoming.