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Pennsylvania State Name Origin

Portrait of William Penn - click to see all state name origins
Bust of William Penn in the mid 1600's - public domain image on Wikipedia. See All State Name Origins.

Pennsylvania

What does the word "Pennsylvania" mean?

Pennsylvania means "Penn's woods." Quaker William Penn was granted the tract of land by King Charles II of England in 1681 as repayment of debt owed to Penn's father, Admiral William Penn. Originally, Penn suggested Sylvania (woodland) for his land.

William Penn and Indians - click to see all state name origins
Painting of Treaty of William Penn with Indians by Benjamin West -
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"Commonwealth" of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania shares the designation "Commonwealth" with Virginia, Kentucky and Massachusetts. The word is of English derivation and refers to the common "weal" (well-being) of the public. In 1776, the state's first constitution referred to Pennsylvania as both "State" and "Commonwealth" (either term can be used correctly today). In Pennsylvania, all legal processes are carried out in the name of the Commonwealth.

Source:
PA Symbols: Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Comm.
Links:
State Name Origins - 50 States

    

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