Origin of "Alabama"

Alabama State Name Origin


USGS Map of Alabama

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. 



The state of Alabama; location in the United States of America.  Photo by TUBS/Wikipedia (use permitted with attribution/share alike).

Map of USA showing location of Alabama


Alabama - 50 States - US Geography