Hattie Tom; Apache woman photographed by Frank A. Rinehart in 1899. Photo by Boston Public Library/Flickr (Use Permitted with Attribution).
What Does "Utah" Mean?
Utah originates from an Apache Indian word (yuttahih), which means people of the mountains. All State Name Origins
Europeans thought this word referred to native Americans living higher in the mountains than the Navajo, and the territory became known as the land of the Utes, and eventually Utah.
Utah became the 45th state in 1896.