Origin of "Missouri"

Missouri State Name Origin


Missouri geology and topography map

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

What does "Missouri" mean?

The name Missouri originates from Sioux Indians of the state called the Missouris. The Smithsonian Bureau of American Ethnology states that Missouri means town of the large canoes. Other authorities say the original Indian syllables (from which the word came) mean wooden canoe people, he of the big canoe, or river of the big canoes.



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