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How Illinois Got Its Name
Did you know how the state of Illinois got its name? It's not an English word. It's a French version of a native American name - Illiniwek.
Where The State Name Indiana Came From
As you would assume, Indiana comes from the word 'indian' and literally means 'land of the indians'.
Iowa: America's Heartland
Where The Name State Name 'Kansas' Came From
The name of the state of Kansas originally comes from the Kansa people, a native American tribe from the area.
The Origin Of Kentucky's Iroquois Name
Kentucky was formally part of a region known as Catawba and the modern state's name was derived from an Iroquois word meaning 'meadow land'.
Maine: Nobody Knows Where Its Name Originates
The origin of the state of Maine's name has no clear explanation. It's also the only state name in the US with one syllable.
Louisiana State's Origin: The Land Of Louis
As the name suggests, Louisiana was named after the king of France, King Louis XIV. La Salle named the area 'La Louisiane' which meant 'land of Louis'.
State Of Maryland Origin: It Was Literally Mary's Land
Charles I had a wife named Henrietta Maria. The state of Maryland was ultimately named after his wife in 1632.