Origin of "Oklahoma"

Oklahoma State Name Origin


Oklahoma map

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

What does Oklahoma mean?

The name Oklahoma is based on Choctaw Indian words which translate as "red people" (okla meaning "people" and humma meaning "red"). Recorded history for the name "Oklahoma" began with Spanish explorer Coronado in 1541 on his quest for the "Lost City of Gold." Oklahoma became the 46th state on November 16, 1907.



Oklahoma USA (public domain image).

Oklahoma USA