Origin of "Minnesota"

Minnesota State Name Origin


Minnesota geology and topography map

Minnesota geology and topography map courtesy of USGS: A Tapestry of Time & Terrain.

What does "Minnesota" mean?

The name Minnesota is based on the Dakota Sioux word for sky-tinted water, which refers to the Minnesota River and the state's many lakes. Many counties and locations in Minnesota are derived from native American languages including Cree, Sioux and Dakota.



The state of Minnesota USA; image by TUBS on Wikipedia (use permitted with attribution / share alike: CC BY-SA 3.0)

Map of Minnesota USA