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If somebody told you that you lived in “Friend”, or perhaps “In Honor of King Charles I”, what would you think? Most people would probably think you were crazy, but in reality, every state has a meaning behind it and those states are Texas and North/South Carolina.

Perhaps you have wondered what your state means, or perhaps you haven’t. In either case, if you want to know a little bit more about the state where you live or any state in the United States, there is a map available from Expedia Canada that shows you what those states mean.

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According to Expedia, the state etymologies “offer a unique insight into the forgotten history of the continent and may teach something new about your home.” Even if we feel that we know a lot about the state where we live, understanding more of what is behind it gives it a richer meaning.

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This map doesn’t just randomly provide you with this information, it also provides links to sources so that you know you are getting the best information possible. You might even find that there are certain variations, often associated with the Native American language that is being researched.

Take a look at the map and see that it has something to offer for everyone, regardless of where you live in the USA.

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Here is what each state means:

Alabama

What it Means: Thicket-Clearers

Origin Language: Choctaw

Alaska

What it Means: That Which the Sea Breaks Against

Origin Language: Aleut

Arizona

What it Means: Place of the Small Spring

Origin Language: Spanish interpretation of O’odham

Arkansas

What it Means: Land of Downriver People

Origin Language: Quapaw

California

What it Means: Mythical Island Califia

Origin Language: Spanish

Colorado

What it Means: Sandstone Soil

Origin Language: Spanish

Connecticut

What it Means: The Long Tidal River

Origin Language: Mohican

Delaware

What it Means: Of The War

Origin Language: Old French

Florida

What it Means: Flowery Easter

Origin Language: Spanish

Georgia

What it Means: Land of King George II

Origin Language: Greek

Hawaii

What it Means: Place of the Gods

Origin Language: Proto-Polynesian

Idaho

What it Means: Gem of the Mountains

Origin Language: Adaptation of Native American word from northwest origin

Illinois

What it Means: Best People

Origin Language: Derived from the Native American word, “Illiniwek”

Indiana

What it Means: Land of the Indians

Origin Language: Native American origin

Iowa

What it Means: This is the Place

Origin Language: Native American origin

Kansas

What it Means: People of the South Wind

Origin Language: Native American origin

Kentucky

What it Means: The Meadow

Origin Language: Iroquois or Shawnee origin

Louisiana

What it Means: King Louis XIV

Origin Language: French

Maine

What it Means: Mainland

Origin Language: French

Maryland

What it Means: Land of Queen Henrietta Maria

Origin Language: English from

Massachusetts

What it Means: Near the Great-Little-Mountain

Origin Language: Native American origin

Michigan

What it Means: Great Lake

Origin Language: Native American origin

Minnesota

What it Means: Milky Water

Origin Language: Siouan

Mississippi

What it Means: Great River

Origin Language: French

Missouri

What it Means: Dugout Canoe

Origin Language: Siouan

Montana

What it Means: Mountainous

Origin Language: Spanish

Nebraska

What it Means: Flattened Water

Origin Language: Based on Oto Indian word “Nebrathka”

Nevada

What it Means: Snow-Covered

Origin Language: Spanish

New Hampshire

What it Means: The New Hants

Origin Language: English

New Jersey

What it Means: Channel Island of Jersey

Origin Language: English

New Mexico

What it Means: New Place of Mexitli (Aztec God)

Origin Language: Aztec

New York

What it Means: New Home of the Duke of York

Origin Language: English

North Carolina

What it Means: In Honor of King Charles I

Origin Language: From the Latin word for “Charles”

North Dakota

What it Means: North Ally

Origin Language: From the Sioux Native American word for “friend”

Ohio

What it Means: Good River

Origin Language: Iroquois Native American

Oklahoma

What it Means: Red People

Origin Language: Choctaw Native American

Oregon

What it Means: Indian River Ouragon

Origin Language: French

Pennsylvania

What it Means: Penns Woods

Origin Language: English

Rhode Island

What it Means: Red Island

Origin Language: Italian

South Carolina

What it Means: In Honor of King Charles I

Origin Language: From the Latin word for “Charles”

South Dakota

What it Means: South Ally

Origin Language: Sioux Native American

Tennessee

What it Means: The Bends of a River

Origin Language: Native American origin

Texas

What it Means: Friend

Origin Language: Spanish

Utah

What it Means: People of the Mountains

Origin Language: Spanish based on Ute

Vermont

What it Means: Green Mountain

Origin Language: French

Virginia

What it Means: Country of the Virgin

Origin Language: English

Washington

What it Means: Home of the First President

Origin Language: English

West Virginia

What it Means: West of the Country of the Virgin

Origin Language: English

Wisconsin

What it Means: River Running Through a Red Place

Origin Language: English/French/Native American

Wyoming

What it Means: At the Big River Flat

Origin Language: Native American origin

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