Origin of "Alabama"

Alabama State Name Origin


Waterfall on Warsaw River in Alabama

Scenic waterfall on Warsaw River in Alabama; photo by Kerry Sanders on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

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.