Origin of "Michigan"

Michigan State Name Origin


Michigan geology and topography map

Michigan geology and topography map from USGS: A Tapestry of Time and Terrain.

What does "Michigan" mean?

The name Michigan is based on the Chippewa Indian word "meicigama" meaning great water, and refers to the Great Lake. Thirty-two counties in Michigan also have names drawn from Native American languages. All State Name Origins



Great Lakes from space; photo by NASA Visible Earth (terms of use).

Great Lakes from space

The state of Michigan, USA (public domain image).

The state of Michigan, USA