Alabama


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Choctaw

Meaning: Uncertain, perhaps “Plant gatherers.”

Pronunciation: (al-uh-BAM-uh)

Nicknames: Alla, Bama

Detail: Alabama was named after the Alabama River. The river was named for the Alabama Indians originally living in region of that river. It is possible that Alabama originated as a compound noun bases on Choctaw, alba “vegetation, plants, herbs” + amo “gatherer, picker”. “Plant gatherers” would be an apt description of the Alabama Indians of that time since they did clear land for farming.

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