We take names for granted and hardly ever think about their origin, but there’s a lot to be learned just by digging a bit deeper into where they come from and what they mean. Did you know, for example, Texas means ‘friend’? Or that Iowa means ‘this is the place’? And Utah means ‘people of the mountains.’

All this info will help you understand a bit more where we come from — and, if not, at least it will be useful as a quirky conversation starter and make you the queen or king of random facts among your friends. Are you curious about the rest of the state names? Look no further: the guys at Expedia Canada have put together this map with the literal translation of places in the USA and Canada.

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