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Intriguing US State Names

written by: marcing
 
"The United States of America" is, linguistically speaking, a boring name. But most of the US States have very intriguing names. Check how much you know about the origin of 12 states names.

Question 1:


Which state name means "the object towards which the action of the sea is directed"?
Florida
California
Alaska
Hawaii

Question 2:


Which state name doesn't refer to a king or a queen?
North Carolina
Louisiana
Virginia
Vermont

Question 3:


What is the meaning of "Indiana"?
"She speaks normally" in Algonquian
"Enemy" in Apache plains dialect
Land of the Indians
"Cloudy water" in Dakota language

Question 4:


Which state name is not color-related?
Oklahoma
Colorado
Vermont
California

Question 5:


What is the origin of the name "Delaware"?
It comes from the Spanish phrase "de l'avaros" (roughly: "of the misers")
This is the name of the Native American tribe that used to live there.
It means "shore of whales" in Algonquian.
The state was named after Lord de la Warr who traveled the Delaware River in 1610.

Question 6:


Which state name means "great river"?
Ohio
Mississippi
Missouri
Colorado

Question 7:


What does "Nevada" mean?
land
snow-covered
desert
mountain

Question 8:


Which state was named in honor of a non-English royalty?
Virginia
Georgia
Maryland
Louisiana

Question 9:


The name of which US state means "beautiful"?
Tennessee
Utah
Vermont
Oregon

Question 10:


What does "Dakota" mean?
White face
Ally
Enemy
Red face

Question 11:


Which language is the source of most US states names?
Spanish
English
Sioux
Algonquian

Question 12:


The Dutch played an important role in colonizing the East Coast of the United States. But only one state name is derived from Dutch. Which one?
Rhode Island
Connecticut
Maine
New York

 


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