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Alabama State Name Origin

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Caney Creek, Bankhead National Forest, Alabama - photo © Kerry Sanders on Flickr - noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works

Alabama

The origin of the name "Alabama" remains somewhat questionable. Sources vary - the traditional story is that Alabama comes from the Creek Indian language (meaning "tribal town"). Other sources claim it is derived from the Choctaw Indian language, translating as "thicket-clearers" or "vegetation-gatherers."

Alabama became the 22nd state on December 14, 1819.

Map of Alababm USA - click to ee all state name origins

Source:
Quick Facts - Alabama: Ben's Guide to U.S. Government
Alabama: IPL Kidspace: Stately Knowledge
Creek Indians Photo © Westville living history museum
Links:
50 States - Name Origins

    

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