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 Aug 09, 2018

1 of 50Which state was named after...?

Island in the English Channel
New Jersey
Indiana

2 of 50Which state was named after...?

Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of England's King Charles I
Maryland
Alaska

3 of 50Which state was named after...?

Dakota Sioux for 'sky-tinted water' or 'cloudy water' referring to a river of the same name
Minnesota
Massachusetts

4 of 50Which state was named after...?

Cherokee village called Tanasi and corresponding river
Tennessee
Connecticut

5 of 50Which state was named after...?

Queen Elizabeth I, the 'Virgin Queen'
Mississippi
Virginia

6 of 50Which state was named after...?

Sioux for 'south wind people' and a river of the same name
Kansas
New York

7 of 50Which state was named after...?

Spanish for 'mountain' or 'mountainous'
Montana
Texas

8 of 50Which state was named after...?

Similiarity of a state island to the Isle of Rhodes or Dutch for 'red island'
Tennessee
Rhode Island

9 of 50Which state was named after...?

Likely corruption of Miami for 'river running through a red place' or Chippewa for 'gathering of waters'
New York
Wisconsin

10 of 50Which state was named after...?

Aztec for 'silver-bearing', Pima for 'little spring place' or Basque for 'good oak'
Arizona
New Hampshire

11 of 50Which state was named after...?

The woods of William Penn
Minnesota
Pennsylvania

12 of 50Which state was named after...?

Spanish for 'colored red'
Colorado
Iowa

13 of 50Which state was named after...?

Probably refers to the 'mainland' as opposed to coastal islands
Idaho
Maine

14 of 50Which state was named after...?

Probably Iroquois river name meaning 'meadowland', 'dark and bloody ground' or 'land of tomorrow'
Kentucky
New York

15 of 50Which state was named after...?

Probably Choctaw for 'thicket-clearers' or 'we stay here' or Creek for 'tribal town'
New Jersey
Alabama

16 of 50Which state was named after...?

King Louis XIV of France
Arkansas
Louisiana

17 of 50Which state was named after...?

Sioux for 'friend' or 'ally'; Northern region
New Jersey
North Dakota

18 of 50Which state was named after...?

French for 'green mountain'
Utah
Vermont

19 of 50Which state was named after...?

Probably for fictional island in 16th century novel 'Las Sergas de Esplandián'
California
New York

20 of 50Which state was named after...?

Probably Polynesian for 'homeland' or for the traditional discoverer of the islands
North Carolina
Hawaii

21 of 50Which state was named after...?

Lenape for 'at the big plains' or 'at the big river flat'
South Carolina
Wyoming

22 of 50Which state was named after...?

River and bay named for Sir Thomas West, the 12th Baron De La Warr
Georgia
Delaware

23 of 50Which state was named after...?

Algonquian for 'at or about the great hill'
Louisiana
Massachusetts

24 of 50Which state was named after...?

Ojibwe for 'big lake'
Michigan
Wyoming

25 of 50Which state was named after...?

King Charles I of England; Southern Region
Wisconsin
South Carolina

26 of 50Which state was named after...?

New name for land conquered in war 1846-48
New Mexico
New York

27 of 50Which state was named after...?

Choctaw for 'red people'
Michigan
Oklahoma

28 of 50Which state was named after...?

The Duke of York of England
New York
Nebraska

29 of 50Which state was named after...?

Probably engraver's error in naming the 'Ouisiconsink' river or Algonquian 'wauregan' and 'olighin' meaning 'good' and 'beautiful'
Oregon
Alabama

30 of 50Which state was named after...?

Sioux for 'friend' or 'ally'; Southern Region
South Dakota
Oregon

31 of 50Which state was named after...?

Algonquian for 'big river'
Mississippi
California

32 of 50Which state was named after...?

Western counties that refused to follow rest of state in seceding from the Union
New Jersey
West Virginia

33 of 50Which state was named after...?

Otos name meaning 'flat water' for Platte river
Nebraska
Kentucky

34 of 50Which state was named after...?

Dakota Sioux tribe called “Ayouos” (French), “Ajoues” (Spanish) or “Ioways' (English), possibly meaning 'beautiful land'
Iowa
Hawaii

35 of 50Which state was named after...?

King George II of England
Maine
Georgia

36 of 50Which state was named after...?

First President of the United States
Washington
Virginia

37 of 50Which state was named after...?

Spanish for 'snow covered'
Nevada
Maryland

38 of 50Which state was named after...?

Spanish for 'flowery' as in 'flowery Easter'
Florida
Delaware

39 of 50Which state was named after...?

Probably Iroquois for 'great river' or 'big river'
Ohio
New York

40 of 50Which state was named after...?

French version of Algonquin for 'warriors' or 'tribe of superior men'
Illinois
North Dakota

41 of 50Which state was named after...?

Caddo for 'friend' or 'friends'
New Jersey
Texas

42 of 50Which state was named after...?

'Land of the Indians'
Kansas
Indiana

43 of 50Which state was named after...?

Coastal county in southern England
New Hampshire
Missouri

44 of 50Which state was named after...?

Aleut for 'mainland' or 'land facing the sea'
Colorado
Alaska

45 of 50Which state was named after...?

Southern Sioux tribe and river name meaning 'large canoes'
Florida
Missouri

46 of 50Which state was named after...?

King Charles I of England; Northern Region
North Carolina
Montana

47 of 50Which state was named after...?

French version of Algonquian name for Quapaw tribe meaning 'wind people'
Arkansas
New York

48 of 50Which state was named after...?

From the Native American 'Ute' tribe and means 'people of the mountains.'
New York
Utah

49 of 50Which state was named after...?

Either an invented word or an English corruption of Kiowa-Apache for 'enemy'
Pennsylvania
Idaho

50 of 50Which state was named after...?

Algonquian for 'beside the long tidal river'
Connecticut
West Virginia
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