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West Virginia State Name Origin:

West Virginia bicentennial quarter - click to see all state quarters
West Virginia became the 35th state on June 20, 1863
(see STATEHOOD ORDER). West Virginia's state quarter fetaures the
New River Gorge bridge (stretching 53 miles, the New River Gorge area
is protected by the National Park Service and home to some of the
country's best whitewater rafting). Public domain image on Wikipedia.
See All 50 state quarters - All State Name Origins.

West Virginia - click to see all state name origins

What does West Virginia mean? Although the name "Kanawha" was considered, West Virginia was chosen to name the western counties of Virginia which refused to secede from the Union in 1863.

"Virginia" is in honor of England's Queen Elizabeth I. In the early 1600's, all of North America that wasn't Spanish or French was called Virginia after "The Virgin Queen," and the earliest English colonial expeditions were sent by the Virginia Company of London. See name origins for all 50 states.

New River Gorge bridge - click to see all state name origins
New River Gorge bridge in West Virginia (The "New River" is
actually one of the oldest rivers in the world) ; photo by ds4832
on Flickr - noncommercial use permitted with attribution /
no derivative works. See All State Name Origins.
 
Source:
West Virginia Quick Facts: Ben's Guide to US Government
Virginia History: American Studies at University of Virginia
Links:
The Naming of West Virginia: WV Division of Culture-History
Origins of West Virginia Place Names: Jeff Miller
All State Name Origins

    

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