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Illinois State Name Origin

Topography & geology map of Illinois - click to see all state name origins
Illinois Geology and Topography map: USGS. All State Name Origins.

Illinois - click to see all state name origins

What does the name Illinois mean?

Illinois is the French version of an Algonquin Indian word for "warriors" or "tribe of superior men."

Source:
Illinois Quick Facts: Ben's Guide to U.S. Government
Illinois Facts: Illinois.gov
Links:
The Illinois History Resource Page: History Illinois.org
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