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US State Etymologies

Identify each of these US states based on the origin of its name
Descriptions highlighted white indicate likely but unconfirmed etymologies
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Last updated: March 19, 2023
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Named after a Spanish word meaning "flowery"
Florida
The only state named after a US president
Washington
Its name comes from a word from the indigenous language Ojibwe meaning "great river"
Mississippi
Named after its founder, a Quaker leader
Pennsylvania
Named after the Spanish word for "mountain"
Montana
The only state named after a French monarch
Louisiana
Named after the false identification of the Native Americans
Indiana
Named after the country from which it was acquired
New Mexico
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Named after a French phrase meaning "green mountain"
Vermont
Its name comes from a word from the indigenous language Ojibwe meaning "large lake"
Michigan
Named after a Spanish word meaning "snow-covered"
Nevada
Its name comes from the nickname of Queen Elizabeth I, who never married
Virginia
Named after a fictional island from the book "Las Sergas de Esplandián"
California
Its name was created by George Willing as a practical joke, having convinced others it was an indigenous word meaning "gem of the mountains"
Idaho
Named after an island in Greece, famous for housing one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world
Rhode Island
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