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The Literal Translation of Every State Name

Reader's Digest Logo By Lauren Cahn of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 50: For a long time, many believed "Alabama" meant "Here we rest" in the native Muskogee language, but that has been disproven—more or less. Linguistic scholars now believe the name comes from the Choctaw alba (meaning "plants" or "weeds") and amo (meaning "to cut," "to trim," or "to gather"). In all likelihood, the state was named for its agricultural roots, in particular, vegetable farming.

Alabama

For a long time, many believed "Alabama" meant "Here we rest" in the native Muskogee language, but that has been disproven—more or less. Linguistic scholars now believe the name comes from the Choctaw alba (meaning "plants" or "weeds") and amo (meaning "to cut," "to trim," or "to gather"). In all likelihood, the state was named for its agricultural roots, in particular, vegetable farming.
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