How Did The Natural State Of Arkansas Get Its Name?
I stumbled on a video that tells you exactly how each state got its name and of course, I was very curious about how Arkansas got its name.
Being a 20-year resident of the great state of Arkansas I didn't think much about the history of the state. We all know it was part of the Louisiana Purchase and from previous stories, I know that it officially became a state in 1836.
Arkansas is known as the natural state and I kind of remember that it got its name from the native American Indians that were part of the state. Of course, I was also curious how our neighboring states got their names as well, so here is what I found out.
This state got its name from the French King Louis IV. When it was claimed for France it was originally called 'La Louisiane'.
Oklahoma is a combination of two Chocktaw Indian words, Okla and Homa, meaning red nation or Indian territory.
Its name comes from the word 'Taysha' which means friend in the native Caddo Indian language. At one time the territory known as Texas was once called New Philippines.
The name Arkansas comes from the French term 'Arcansas' which was a translation of Arkansa an Indian term for Quapaw people.
I think it is pretty wild how all of the states got their names. And here is the video I found that explains how the rest of the United States go their respective names.