What does "Alabama" mean?
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." All State Name Origins
Alabama became the 22nd state on December 14, 1819. Statehood Dates