Welcome back to the almost start of the Spring 2014 semester! Business Insider has an interesting post about the meaning of the names of all 50 U.S. states. The names really reflect the cultural and geographical mix that the U.S. embodies. Here’s a few interesting ones:

California: In his popular novel “Las sergas de Esplandián” published in 1510, writer Garci Ordóñez de Montalvo named an imaginary realm California. Spanish explorers of the New World could have mistaken Baja California as the mythical place. Where Montalvo learned the name and its meaning remain a mystery.

Tennessee: From Cherokee (Iroquoian) village name ta’nasi’ of unknown origin.

New York: Named in honor of the Duke of York and Albany, the future James II. York comes from Old English Eoforwic, earlier Eborakon, an ancient Celtic name probably meaning “Yew-Tree Estate.”

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/state-name-meanings-2014-1#ixzz2pjTqDVZF