Here are a few from the list:
- ALABAMA. Possibly from the Creek Indian word alibamo, meaning "we stay here."
- COLORADO. Means "red" in Spanish. The name was originally applied to the Colorado River, whose waters are reddish with canyon clay.
- DELAWARE. Named after Lord De La Warr, a governor of Virginia. Originally used only to name the Delaware River.
- FLORIDA. Explorer Ponce de Leon named the state Pascua Florida - "flowery Easter"—on Easter Sunday in 1513.
- ILLINOIS. The French bastardization of the Algonquin word illini, which means "men."
- KANSAS. Taken from the Sioux word for "south wind people," their name for anyone who lived south of Sioux territory.