You might know the history of how the United States came into being and all the phases it went through that constructed and altered the entire nation. Here’s getting to the nitty-gritty of how all the U.S. states got their names.
Did You Know?
America was named after Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian explorer who set forth a revolutionary concept that the continents that Christopher Columbus sailed to were part of a separate continent.
If you observe carefully, you will find that many states have been named after dukes, kings, queens, presidents, islands, and other places that the travelers and explorers fancied. But most names were christened by native Indians. These names mostly described the place and characteristics of the land. One of the states was even named after an Aztec God!
Due to varied explorers who came to the US, the various states have been heavily influenced by many languages such as Latin, English, Spanish,etc. However most states used a variety of indigenous languages for their christening. Here’s a list of how all the states were named along with some of its history behind their name.
Origin of All 50 State Names
The third story is a fascinating one. It is believed that California was named after an imaginary place of the same name. It was created and referred in a Spanish author Garci Ordóñez de Montalvo’s novel Las Sergas de Esplandián. He mentioned of an island that this mystical place was a home to the Griffin, mythical creatures, and Amazonian women without a single man among them (as relationships). This place was ruled by Queen Califia. This island was a wildest place on Earth, abundant in gold and precious stones.