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Kentucky State Names
Kentucky Name Etymology and State Nicknames
Origin of Kentucky State Name
From an Iroquoian word "Ken-tah-ten" meaning "land of tomorrow"
Kentucky comes from the Wyandot Indian name for "plain" in reference to the central plains of the state.
One suggestion for the origin of the name "Kentucky" is that it means "dark and bloody ground", and this led to the state (actually its a commonwealth) being known as Dark and Bloody Ground
Commonwealth of Kentucky: The word Commonwealth comes from "commonweal" meaning 'for the good of all', or 'government based on the common consent of the people'. Kentucky is one (1) of just four (4) states to use this designation, the others being Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia. There is no actual difference between a state and a commonwealth.
Bluegrass is not really blue--it's green--but in the spring, bluegrass produces bluish-purple buds that when seen in large fields give a rich blue cast to the grass. Early pioneers found bluegrass growing on Kentucky's rich limestone soil, and traders began asking for the seed of the "blue grass from Kentucky." The name stuck and today Kentucky is known as the Bluegrass State.
Dark and Bloody Ground
By Daniel Boone from an Indian chief to describe battles between whites and Indians.
Hemp State, the Rock-Ribbed State and the Tobacco State.
SlogansUnbridled Spirit (also on its license plate)
(formerly, It's That Friendly)
(formerly) Where Education Pays
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Kentucky Resident's Name
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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