State Etymology #2

The origin of the state name is described, guess the modern day state.
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From the Aleut word "Alyeska", meaning the "great land"
Alaska
From the Dakota name for this state's namesake river: "Mnisota"
Minnesota
Named in honour of King James II, previously Duke of a certain English city
New York
"Land of the Indians"
Indiana
One theory claims this state reminded the explorer Verrazzano of a certain greek island
Rhode Island
Believed to be derived from the Portuguese phrase "Aure il agua", meaning "Hear the waters"
Oregon
From the French spelling of "Ilinwe", a word in the Ojibwe language
Illinois
Possibly named after an 18th century Cherokee town called "Tanasi"
Tennessee
Named in honour of Queen Elizabeth I, who never married
Virginia/West Virginia
Derives its name from the Ioway people
Iowa
Named in honour of a certain King of France, 14th of his name
Louisiana
"People of the mountains" in the Ute language
Utah
Named in honour of Queen Henrietta Maria
Maryland
From the Caddo word for friends or allies: "tejas"
Texas
Roughly translates to "near the great hill", probably referring to Blue Hills Reservation
Massachusetts
Named after its namesake river, a derivation of the Mohegan word "quinetucket"
Connecticut
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