Origin of "Wyoming"

Wyoming State Name Origin


Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Serene majestic beauty; Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.  Photo by Jerry and Pat Donaho/Flickr (Noncommercial Use Permitted with Attribution/No Derivative Works).

What does "Wyoming" mean?

According to the Wyoming Secretary of State; "The name Wyoming is a contraction of the Native American word mecheweamiing ("at the big plains"), and was first used by the Delaware people as a name for the Wyoming Valley in northeastern Pennsylvania."

According to another source (Ben's Guide to U.S. government Kids pages), the name Wyoming is based on an Algonquin Indian word meaning "large prairie place."  All State Name Origins

Wyoming became the 44th state on July 10, 1890.



Wyoming USA.

Wyoming Geology and Topography Map: USGS. See All State Name Origins.


Wyoming's Atlantic Rim Historic Trails Documentary