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U.S. States with Spanish Names

Can you name the five U.S states whose names come from Spanish?
Quiz by WolfCam
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Last updated: October 23, 2019
First submittedOctober 8, 2019
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Meaning
State
Unknown
California
"Ruddy" or "Red"
Colorado
"Flowery"
Florida
"Mountain"
Montana
"Snow-Covered"
Nevada
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level 38
Oct 9, 2019
Excellent idea! Thank you.
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level 82
Oct 12, 2019
Nice one. Also a good amount of time, you still have a moment to think and if you are quick you can guess a couple, but you certainly can't rattle off all 50 in that time!
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level 73
Oct 12, 2019
The name "California" derives from a fictional place in a Spanish chivalry novel from the 16th century, a kind of terrestrial paradise, ruled by the warrior queen Calafia.
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level 65
Oct 13, 2019
This is true. I don't know if that counts as a "meaning" though.
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level 62
Oct 13, 2019
It definitely does not mean "unknown" in spanish though, which is rather misleading.
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level 64
Oct 13, 2019
In particular, its etymology is either unknown or from Spanish origin. Both simultaneously is impossible.
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level 70
Oct 13, 2019
It's well known in California's first capital, Loreto, BCS, MX that the novel mungomatic mentions ("Las sergas (adventures) de Esplandián" by Garci Rodriguez de Montalvo, around 1500) is the source of the name, California. There's a spectacular mural here in city hall of her. Also used to be a mural in a museum in Sacramento that's now in Mark Hopkins hotel in SF. And for Disneyland Whoopi Goldberg narrated a short Disney movie about it that I cannot find anywhere. I keep reading that the author came up with the name Calafia by feminizing the arabic word, caliph. So "female religious leader" could be the word origin.
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level 62
Oct 12, 2019
Fun little quiz :)
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level 69
Oct 12, 2019
5 stars
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level 73
Oct 12, 2019
Not Arizona?
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level 77
Oct 13, 2019
Commonly thought to come from the Spanish for "dry land," but it's not really known for sure and some contest this etymology.
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level 41
Oct 13, 2019
Good quiz
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level 71
Oct 13, 2019
Shouldn't New Mexico count or is that an indigenous name?
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level 71
Oct 14, 2019
Neither "New" nor "Mexico" have spanish roots. New is obviously English and Mexico is Nahuatl
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level 76
Oct 15, 2019
Shouldn't "Flowers" be "Flowered" (as in "the Flowered One")?
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level ∞
Oct 15, 2019
Changed it to "Flowery".
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level 69
Oct 23, 2019
Yep. Also, it should be "mountain" instead of "mountains".
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level ∞
Oct 23, 2019
Okay
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level 66
Oct 16, 2019
LOL, found all but forgot the most obvisous one : Colorado... Facepalm...
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level 61
Oct 17, 2019
"snow covered" did not really make me think of Nevada tbh
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level 60
Oct 27, 2019
No New Jersey?
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level 43
Nov 18, 2019
Doesn't California mean 'the land of the caliphs'? I could be mistaken though.