U.S. State Names The Stories of How Our States Were Named Book by Kathy Guyton American-Made
Many books will give you a “dictionary definition” of each state’s name. And state history books might tell you a little more about each name’s derivation. But until now there has never been a book that gives the entire story for every state name.
U.S. State Names takes each state's name, and tells us its derivation as a trip through that state’s history, leading wherever the name takes us. Guyton describes what the name means, what language it comes from, why it was used, and what other names were considered. She delves into what kind of Congressional debate may have occurred and discusses what images and ideas that name conveyed to the founders, and what it means to us today. Guyton even writes about new theories regarding the origin of certain names like Maine, Arizona and Oregon.
Guyton's book is generously illustrated with more than 200 pictures and maps. It is impeccably researched, taking information from history books, the Congressional Record, old and new atlases, as well as newly available on-line sources such as genealogy databases and journal archives.
Praise for Guyton's book:
“Really a good read, I highly recommend it.” —Joe Bickett, Good Day, Austin Fox-7
"It reads beautifully. [Guyton's] style is so fluid, and [her] enthusiasm comes through. Nice, too, that one can browse. Almost like reading very short stories." —Robert Klitgaard, Author of "Tropical Gangsters"
“Kathy Guyton does more than follow in the footsteps of George R. Stewart's classic "Names on the Land: A Historical Account of Place-naming in the United States;" state by state, she stretches name origins into concise, fascinating history lessons about each state. And when the question can't be easily answered -- Oregon: from the French for "storm," Spanish for "ear" or (natch) the spice oregano? -- each chapter still makes for fascinating reading. The kind of fun book you can pick up and poke through or read straight through.” —Clay Evans, Boulder Daily Camera
"Whether you have a specific state in mind or want to know a little bit about all of them, this is a fun book to read. Even the states you think are fairly obvious (like Virginia) there's more to the story than you thought. My target states were Arizona and California (and both were interesting to read!) but I have enjoyed randomly reading other chapters." —Liza Weissler
“... intensely researched, vastly informative and generously illustrated historical epic of names.” —Barbara Lawlor, Nederland Mountain Ear
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