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Origin of "Kentucky"

Kentucky State Name Origin

Kentucky geology and topography map: Courtesy of USGS: A Tapestry of Time & Terrain

What does "Kentucky" mean?

The name "Kentucky" is of native American origin and has been attributed to several different languages with several different possible meanings, including the Iroquois word "ken-tah-ten," which means land of tomorrow.

Other possible meanings for the name Kentucky: meadow lands, cane and turkey lands, or dark and bloody ground. All State Name Origins