Origin of "Texas"

Texas State Name Origin


Hernando de Soto with Caddo Indian

Statue of Hernando de Soto receiving a gift from a Caddo Indian maiden;photo by Lize on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works)

What Does "Texas" Mean?

Texas is from the Caddo Indian word "teyshas" (meaning friends or allies). In the 1540s Spanish explorers took this to be a tribal name, recording it as Teyas or Tejas. It came eventually to mean an area north of the Rio Grande and east of New Mexico. The alliance concept is also incorporated into the state motto, which is simply "Friendship."



Texas USA (public domain image).

Texas USA