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Illinois Name Etymology and State Nicknames
Illinois is a state in the Midwestern United States. It is the 5th most populous and 25th most extensive state, and is often noted as a microcosm of the entire country. The state is a major transportation hub, boasting major US cities like Chicago and Springfield. It is bordered by Wisconsin to the north, Iowa and Missouri to the west, Kentucky to the south and Indiana to the east, and the Wabash and Ohio Rivers on the southeast and south.
Origin of Illinois State Name
The state of Illinois was named after the Illinois River. Illinois is Algonquin for "tribe of superior men". The river itself was named by French explorer Robert Cavelier Sieur de La Salle in 1679 after the Indians he found living along the banks.
Illinois is the French spelling for the Illinois and Peoria Indian word "iliniwok," meaning men or warriors and perhaps refering to members of the Illinois tribe.
Sets aside the third full week in September each year as Illinois Prairie Week to demonstrate the value of preserving and reestablishing native Illinois prairies. The Prairie State, a name which it has had since at least as early as 1842, before which it was a term applied to all the plain states.
Garden of the West and The Garden State
Garden of the West is an old nickname came about because of the rolling prairies of Illinois and the miles of cultivated fields that made Illinois one of the leading producers of corn and later, soy beans, in the United States. A similar term, "The Garden State" was sometimes heard.
Corn State is an appropriate nickname for a state where corn plays such an important role in the agricultural economy.The regio of the country referred to as the Corn Belt is centered in Iowa and Illinois.
The sucker fish once gave Illinois the nickname, The Sucker State (and also, incidentally, gave us the slang word "sucker", for someone who is easy prey).
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People who live in or come from Illinois are called Illinoisians, Illinoisans or Illinoians. Nicknames for Illinoisians have included Sand-hillers, Egyptians and, Suckers.
The etymologies of some US state names are more obvious than others, derived from the Spanish or French tongue. Though, more than half of the US state names come from Native American tribal languages, with several still a mystery to scholars and historians.
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