Do You Know The Meaning Behind Your State’s Name?

The origin of your state’s name is one of those funny things you could live your whole life without learning.

All 50 of our country’s states have a unique story behind their monikers. You may be surprised to learn the meaning of yours.

The state takes its name from the American Indian tribes who lived along the Alabama River. The name is believed to combine the Choctaw words for “vegetation” and “picker,” so its literal meaning is “vegetation gatherers.”

This name was given to the Alaskan territory by the Russians. It’s taken from an Aleut Indian word, alaxsxaq, meaning “facing the sea” or “where the sea breaks.”

There are two disputed meanings behind the name Arizona:

It either comes from aritz ona, or “good oak” in Basque, since the state had many Basque settlers.

It could also mean aleh-zon, or “little spring,” from the native Papago Indian dialect.

Illinois Indian guides for European settlers called the state’s native Quawpaw Indian tribes Akansa, or “wind people.”

Pronunciation was up for debate until 1881, when the state legislature settled on “Ar-ken-saw” instead of “Ar-kan-sas.”

California was originally the name of a fictional island in the West Indies, from a Spanish novel Las Sergas de Esplandián by writer Garci Ordóñez de Montalvo. The magical island was said to be full of gold, so Spanish explorers were probably hopeful they would find some there.

California was mistaken for an island, and later a peninsula, until the 1700s.

Colorado is Spanish for red, and named for the color of the Colorado River, which carries red dirt.

Like other states, Connecticut is named after the river that bears its name. The word itself is from Quinnehtukqut, the Algonquian word for “beside the long tidal river.”

The state and the river that flows through it were both named for Thomas West, Baron of de la Warr. He was the original governor of the colony of Virginia.

Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon arrived off the coast of Florida just after Easter 1513. Florida is the name for the Easter season in Spanish, but it also means “flowery.”

The state is named after a colony founded there in the 1733, and named for the then-current King of England, George II.

Is Your Hometown In The Top 5 Best Or Worst Cities To Get A Cup Of Coffee?

Who doesn’t love a cup of Joe to wake them up in the morning? Whether it’s before you head into work, drop the kids off at school, or just to feel more awake and lively, coffee has always been your “get it done” friend.

Coffee has been a staple in the American diet since the Boston Tea Party of 1773, when patriots to our nation threw the imported leaves into the harbor. Ever since then, Americans have been drinking that delicious brew and staying hard at work.

But it appears that some states love this hot beverage way more than others, and many would be surprised to see how hard, or how easy, it is for their fellow citizens to get access to the real magic beans.

Take a look and see how your region ranks from worst to best!

Laredo, Texas

Bigger doesn’t always mean better in this case.

Toledo, Ohio

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Why does Ohio have to be terrible at everything?

Greensboro, North Carolina

If it ain’t sweet tea, they do not want it. Maybe South Carolina can do a better job…

North Las Vegas, Nevada

Not Pictured: Good coffee.

Memphis, Tennessee

Okay, we may have an objection to raise here.

Are you ready to see the best places in America to get your cup of java?

A Definitive List Of The Most Popular Christmas Movies In Every State Across The Country

It’s the most wonderful time of the year when we get to wrap ourselves up in a blanket and re-watch all of our favorite holiday movies. Although we all have different tastes, when it comes to Christmas films there are certain classics that we can all agree are simply great.

Every year, CableTV.com analyzes Google Trends and AMC’s top 20 Christmas movies to determine which Christmas-themed films are the most popular across the United States.

This year’s analysis showed that Home Alone, Elf, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation are the leading the popularity pack, however classics like Scrooged and Miracle on 34th Street are right behind them. Unfortunately, not all of our favorite made the cut, but there are still some fantastic picks on the list.

Here are the most popular Christmas movies in every state:

IMDb

State: Connecticut

The Red List

State: Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas & New York

The Athena Cinema

State: Alaska, Delaware & Maryland

Sky.com

State: Vermont

YouTube

State: Maine

IMDB

State: Kentucky, North Carolina & South Carolina

These Are The Most Popular Books From The States They Were Based In

They always say “Write what you know”, so it’s no wonder that some of America’s best writers came up with their most successful works after setting them in places they spent a long time in.

Here are the most popular books from six states that have been immortalized in the written word!

This is the classic story of a young boy growing up along the Mississippi River and all the mishaps that happen along the way. It has become a staple of schools everywhere in the world for showing us the difficult lives of a different time in America, with a humorous perspective!

This now iconic story of a mysterious man who refused to give up on his lifelong desire while mixing with New York socialites serves as a cautionary portrayal of the American Dream. It was the most successful work that author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, ever released. It came at a time of economic and political upheaval, perfectly capturing the essence of the country’s transformation.