Origin of "Illinois"

Illinois State Name Origin


Illinois, USA

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

What does "Illinois" mean?

According to native-languages.org, the name Illinois is derived from the native American word "Illiniwek," which is the tribal name of the Illini tribe. Literally, the name means "best people."

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Illinois USA