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Origin of "Minnesota"

Minnesota State Name Origin

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

What does "Minnesota" mean?

The name Minnesota is based on the Dakota Sioux word "Mnisota" (the native name for the Minnesota River) which means "cloudy water" or "sky-tinted water." All State Name Origins

Many counties and locations in Minnesota are derived from native American languages including Cree, Sioux and Dakota.