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Origin of "North Carolina"

North Carolina State Name Origin

1636 portrait of King Charles I in robes of state (public domain image on Wikipedia).

What does "North Carolina" mean?

Carolina is taken from the Latin word for Charles (Carolus), honoring King Charles I of England (who made the original land grant in 1629).

North Carolina was formed in 1729 when the Carolina colony was divided in two. North Carolina became the 12th state in November of 1789.