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Tennessee State Names (Etymology of Names)
Tennessee Name Etymology and State Nicknames
Tennessee is a U.S. state located in the Southeastern United States. Tennessee is the 36th most extensive and the 17th most populous of the 50 United States. Tennessee is bordered by Kentucky and Virginia to the north, North Carolina to the east, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi to the south, and Arkansas and Missouri to the west. The Appalachian Mountains dominate the eastern part of the state, and the Mississippi River forms the state's western border.
The name Tennessee came from a Cherokee village in the region that is called "Tanasie."
Origin of Tennessee State Name
Of Cherokee origin; the exact meaning is unknown.
The state of Tennessee was named after the Little Tennessee River. Originally "Tanasi" the river took its name from two Cherokee villages on its banks.
Tennessee has had several State Name, but the most popular is "The Volunteer State." The nickname originated during the War of 1812 when thousands of Tennesseans enlisted in response to Governor Willie Blount's call for volunteers. Other nicknames include the "Big Bend State," which refers to the Indian name of the Tennessee River; "The River with the Big Bend"; and "Hog and Hominy State," now obsolete but formerly applied because "the corn and pork products of Tennessee were in such great proportions between 1830 and 1840"; and "The Mother of Southwestern Statesmen," because Tennessee furnished the United States three presidents and a number of other leaders who served with distinction in high government office.
The nickname originated during the War of 1812 when thousands of Tennesseans enlisted in response to Governor Willie Blount's call for volunteers.
Big Bend State
Indian name of the Tennessee River.
Mother of Southwestern Statesmen
The three United States presidents who were Tennesseans and a number of other leaders who served with distinction in high government office.
The River with the Big Bend
Indian name of the Tennessee River.
Production of pigs products of Tennessee were in such great proportions between 1830 and 1840
Production of corn products of Tennessee were in such great proportions between 1830 and 1840
Because of the tan color of their uniforms in the War Between the States
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Tennessee Resident's Name
Tennesseans sometimes are referred to as "Volunteers," "Big Benders"and "Butternuts." The first two are derived from the nickname of the state, while the tag of "Butternuts" was first applied to Tennessee soldiers during the War Between the States because of the tan color of their uniforms. Later, it sometimes was applied to people across the entire state.
The etymologies of some US state names are more obvious than others, derived from the Spanish or French tongue. Though, more than half of the US state names come from Native American tribal languages, with several still a mystery to scholars and historians.