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Alaska State Name Origin

Alaska's state quarter features symbols of Alaska - click to see all state quarters
Alaska became the 49th state in 1959 (see statehood order). The Alaska quarter
|features a grizzly bear with the state fish (salmon), the north star (see flag
and motto) and caption: "The Great Land" (public domain image on Wikipedia).
See All 50 state quarters - All State Name Origins.

Alaska - click to see all state name origins

What does the name "Alaska" mean? Alaska is the Russian version of the Aleutian word Alakshak, which means great lands or peninsula. The Aleuts are people inhabiting the Aleutian Islands and western Alaska, closely related physically and culturally to Eskimos. Many state names trace their origin to native American Indian languages. See name origins for all 50 states.

Alaskan Aleut Indian Dancers - click to see all state name origins
The King Cove Dancers - from one of the five last remaining Eastern Aleut
villages still in existence; photo © Alaska Department of Commerce,
Community, & Economic Development
(used by permission).
See All State Name Origins.
Grizzly bear fishing - click to see all state name origins
Grizzly bear fishing - photo © Han Meeuwsen / Nature Trek Canada
(used by permission). See All State Name Origins.
Source:
Quick Facts - Alaska: Ben's Guide to U.S. Government
Links:
Aleut: Arctic Studies Center
Introduction to the Aleut - National Museum Natural History
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bird - flower
insect - fish
mammal - dog
marine mammal  
gemstone
mineral - fossil

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motto - holidays
language - quarter
name - nickname
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tree - soil
 

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