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Texas State Name Origin

DeSoto & caddo Indian maiden - click to see all state name origins
Statue of Hernando de Soto receiving a gift from a Caddo Indian maiden;
photo by madame_urushiol on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted
with attribution / no derivative works). See All State Name Origins.

Texas - click to see all state name origins

What does the word "Texas" mean?

Texas is from the Caddo Indian word "teyshas" (meaning "friends" or "allies"). In the 1540s Spanish explorers took this to be a tribal name, recording it as Teyas or Tejas. It came eventually to mean an area north of the Rio Grande and east of New Mexico. The alliance concept is also incorporated into the state motto, which is simply "Friendship."

Texas, USA -  click to see all state name origins
Texas USA. See All State Name Origins.
Source:
Origin of the name Texas: Texas Handbook Online
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Texas Symbols & Icons:

air force - tie
footwear - music  
artist - bird
bread - cooking  
dinosaur - dog  
dish - snack
fabric - tartan
folk dance
fish - insect
flag - pledge
flower - plant
gem - stone
hall of fame
instrument
 

mammal 1-2-3  
sport - vehicle
metal - molecule
name - nickname
pastry 1 2 - nut
pepper 1-2 - fruit
plays - railroad
reptile - shell
seal -quarter - motto
ship -tall ship
shrub 1-2
song 1-2
tree -grass -soil
vegetable
 

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