Origin of "Minnesota"

Minnesota State Name Origin


Minnesota geology and topography map

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.



The state of Minnesota USA; image by TUBS on Wikipedia (use permitted with attribution / share alike: CC BY-SA 3.0)

Map of Minnesota USA