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A list of US state slogans is available, as well as a list of US state State Name, origin of the state names, and the state resident's names.
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Mississippi State Names (Etymology of Names)
Mississippi Name Etymology and State Nicknames
Origin of Mississippi State Name
The state of Mississippi is named after the Mississippi River. Though the river was called by many different names, the name Mississippi given to it by the Indians was the name that was used on Robert Cavelier Sieur de La Salle's map of the area in 1695.
What does the word Mississippi mean? The name Mississippi comes from the French "Messipi" - the French rendering of the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe or Algonquin) name for the river, "Misi-ziibi," meaning "Great River."
From an Indian word meaning "Father of Waters."
Mississippi means "large river" to the Chippewa Indians.
Because of the abundance of magnolia flowers and trees in the state, and its adoption as the official state flower and tree, has led to the modern nickname of the Magnolia State.
Eagle on its coat of arms. Eagle State is possibly a shortening of Border-Eagle State, which first appeared around 1846, and both may be from the eagle that appears on the state's seal.
Eagle on its coat of arms. Border-Eagle State, which first appeared around 1846, and both may be from the eagle that appears on the state's seal.
Catfish. In 1872, Mississippi was known as the Mudcat State, after a large catfish that lived in the river mud (a similar allusion may also have given it the less common nickname the Mud-Waddler State)
Bayou State dates from around 1867
Groundhog State / Hospitality State
The state is also sometimes known as the Groundhog State or the Hospitality State (which appears on the licence plates) .
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Mississippi 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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