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Origin of "Alabama"

Alabama State Name Origin

Alabama geology and topography map courtesy of USGS: A Tapestry of Time and Terrain.

What does "Alabama" mean?

The origin of the name "Alabama" remains somewhat questionable. Sources vary; the traditional story is that "Alabama" comes from the native American Creek language (meaning "tribal town"). Other sources claim it is derived from the Choctaw language, translating as "thicket-clearers" or "vegetation-gatherers." Many state names originate from native American languages. All State Name Origins

Alabama became the 22nd state on December 14, 1819.