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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"?
Alaska
Hawaii
Florida
California

Question 2:


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

Question 3:


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

Question 4:


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

Question 5:


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

Question 6:


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

Question 7:


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

Question 8:


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

Question 9:


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

Question 10:


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

Question 11:


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

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?
Maine
New York
Connecticut
Rhode Island

 


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