Where do American state names come from?

Traveling across America has made me more aware of the different names of the States. I did some research and came up with the origin of names along with the Astrological sign for each, and thought you might like to know more about your State. We will start with the original three states when they entered the Union in December 1787.

1. Delaware – named in 1610 after the Delaware Indians. Sagittarius, December 7, 1787.

2. Pennsylvania – Charles II named the region to honor Admiral William Penn. It’s also a Sagittarius State, December 12, 1787.

3. New Jersey – from the English Channel Jersey Islands. Its also a Sagittarius State, December 18, 1787.

4. Connecticut – American Indian name – An Aquarian State – January 7, 1788.

5 .Massachusetts – American Indian name – An Aquarian State – February 6, 1788.

6. Maryland – Was named to honor Charles I, of England’s Queen, Henrietta Maria.

12. South Carolina – from the region of Carolina – The land of Charles’ in England – Gemini – May 23, 1788.

8. North Carolina – from the region of Carolina – The land of Charles’ in England – Scorpio – November 21, 1789.

9. New Hampshire – English county of Hampshire -Gemini – June 21, 1788

10. Virginia – from Elizabeth I, Britain Virgin Queen – Cancer – June 26, 1788

35. West Virginia – from the region of Carolina – The land of Charles’ in England – Scorpio – November 21, 1789.

13. Rhode Island – The Island of Rhodes in the Mediterranean. Gemini – May 29, 1790.

18. Louisiana – King Louis XIV of France. Taurus – April 30, 1812.

42. Washington – From our first President, George Washington. Scorpio – November 11, 1889.

14. Vermont – From the French vert mont – “green mountain.” Pisces – March 4, 1791.

33. Oregon – French word “Ouragan” which means hurricane or storm. Aquarian – February 14, 1859.

27. Florida – A Spanish word meaning “Feast of Flowers,” named by Ponce de Leon. Pisces – March 3, 1845.

38. Colorado – Spanish word meaning “ruddy red color.” Leo – August 1, 1876.

36. Nevada – Spanish word meaning “Snowfall.” Scorpio – October 31, 1864.

41. Montana – Spanish word for “Mountains” Scorpio – November 8, 1889.

31.California – Spanish – Mythical land of great wealth. Virgo – September 9, 1850.

28.T exas – Spanish or Caddo – “Tejas,” meaning friends. Capricorn – December 25, 1845.

15. Kentucky – Cherokee Indian word meaning “dark and bloody ground.” Gemini – June 1, 1792.

16 .Tennessee – Ancient Cherokee Capital “Tenassee.” Gemini -June 1, 1792.

17. Ohio – Iroquois Indian word for “beautiful river.” Pisces – March 1, 1803.

19. Indiana – “Land of Indians.” Sagittarius – December 11, 1816.

20. Mississippi – Chippewa Indian word means “father of rivers.” Sagittarius – December 10, 1817.

21 .Illinois – Derived from a French word meaning “Tribe of superior men.” Sagittarius – December 3, 1818.

22. Alabama – Choctaw Indian word “Alha amo,” meaning ‘thicket clearers’ or ‘vegetation gatherers.’ Sagittarius – December 14, 1819

23. Maine – Province in France called ‘Mayne.’ Pisces – March 15, 1820.

24. Missouri – Indian word meaning ‘people of the big canoes.’ Leo – August 10, 1821.

25 .Arkansas – Quapaw Indian word means ‘down stream people.’ Gemini – June 15, 1836.

29. Iowa – Indian tribe of Iowa. Capricorn – December 28, 1846

45. Utah – Ute – Shoshonean people. Capricorn – January 4, 1896.

30. Wisconsin – Ojibwa Indian word, ‘wishkonsing,’ meaning “the place of the hearer.” Gemini – May 29, 1840.

32. Minnesota – Sioux Indian word meaning “sky-tinted waters.” Taurus – May 11, 1858.

26. Michigan – Chippewa Indian word ‘mesikami,’ for “great water.” Aquarius – January 26, 1837.

34. Kansas – Sioux Indian word ‘kansa,’ refers to “people of the South wind.” Aquarius – January 29, 1861.

37 .Nebraska – From the word ‘nebrathka,’ which means “flat water.” Pisces – March 1, 1867.

39. North Dakota – Sioux word, ‘dakata,’ which means “allied tribes.” Scorpio – November 2, 1889.

40. South Dakota – Same as above. Scorpio – November 2, 1889.

43. Idaho – Indian name meaning ‘gem of the mountains.’ Cancer – July 10, 1870.

44. Wyoming – Derived from Indian words meaning “large plains valleys and mountains, all together.” Cancer – July 10, 1890.

46. Oklahoma – Indian tribe. Scorpio – November 16, 1907.

48. Arizona – Indian name meaning ‘little Spring.’ Aquarian – February 14, 1912.

47. New Mexico – Aztec War God – Mexitli. Capricorn – January 6, 1912.

49. Alaska – Aleut word, “Alaska,” for ‘mainland.’ Capricorn – January 3, 1959.

50. Hawaii – The mythical ancestral homeland of the Polynesians, “Hawaik.” Leo – August 21, 1959.

7. Georgia – English – King George. Capricorn – January 2, 1788.

11. New York – The town of York in Yorkshire England. Leo – July 26, 1788.