Saturday, January 26, 2013

Native Origins of 28 State Names

Did you know that twenty-eight of the states in the U.S. owe the origin of their name to American Indians? Here are a few examples.

  • Indiana: Means land of Indians.
  • Kansas: A Sioux word for "south wind people."
  • Michigan: from Chippewa words, mici and gama, meaning "great water," after the lake of the same name.
  • Ohio: Iroquois word meaning "fine or good river."
These are just a few examples. To see the full list of the twenty-eight states, click on the link below, which will take you to the  American Indian Source website.

You may want to poke around their website as well; there are some good educational resources there, and some good information can be found in the Reflections Magazine area as well.