How did your state get its name?
The hour I spend in bed before I get up is spent either in weird dreams or weird ponderings. Today it was "How did our states get their names?" I would rather sleep. My dreams are fascinating. My ponderings, on the other hand, are mundane.
Some states were named atter monarchs, say Georgia, for King George, or Virginia, for Elizabeth, the virgin queen. Some say that was a misnomer. One was named for a president, Washington.
Several are named after the Indian tribes who were displaced, such as Delaware, Iowa, Utah.
I presume Montana was named for its topography, mountains.
My own state has such an obscure name that even the governor of the state can't pronounce it. California. What the heck is a californ?
New York was named after York, plain enough, but why was York named York anyway? New Hampshie for Hampshire, which is Ham's village. Was that the biblical Ham? Or some peasant who owned a few acres of England and was routed out of bed some morning by invading Romans? Poor Ham. I wonder what he was pondering that morning?
LATER: I could have saved myself a lot of pondering by simply looking them up.
The majority of state names are Indian in origin.
Thanks everyone for getting involved. This has been fun.