Origin of U.S. State Names

What was the origin of these state's names?
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Last updated: January 23, 2021
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Origin Of Name
State
Named in honor of the nation's first president
Washington
Named after the Greek island of Rhodes
Rhode Island
Named after the famous Midwest river which spans from the north to the south of the country
Mississippi
Named in honor of Queen Elizabeth, the "Virgin Queen"
Virginia | West Virginia
Named in honor of French King Louis XIV
Louisiana
George Washington famously crossed the river that this state is named after in 1776
Delaware
Named after an isle in the English Channel
New Jersey
This state was named by Spanish explorers before the country it shares its name with
New Mexico
Named by Quaker William Penn in honor of his father
Pennsylvania
Named in honor of Queen Henrietta Maria
Maryland
Named after the Spanish word meaning "snow-covered" after a nearby mountain range
Nevada
Named after a river that was called "Red River" by Spanish explorers
Colorado
Named after a fictional island by Spanish explorers
California
Named after the Spanish word meaning "mountain"
Montana
Named by George M. Willing after a made up Shoshone word
Idaho
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