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Vermont Name Etymology and State Nicknames
Vermont is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. Vermont is the 6th least extensive and the 2nd least populous of the 50 United States. It is the only New England state not bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Lake Champlain forms half of Vermont's western border, which it shares with the state of New York. The Green Mountains are within the state. Vermont is bordered by Massachusetts to the south, New Hampshire to the east, New York to the west, and the province of Quebec to the north.
Origin of Vermont State Name
From the French "vert mont,"meaning "green mountain"
Vermont is an English form of the name that French explorer Samuel de Champlain gave to Vermont's Green Mountains on his 1647 map. He called them "Verd Mont" meaning green mountain.
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Two different stories are told to explain its origin.
This name is said to have been adopted upon the recommendation of Dr. Thomas Young. The following account of the christening of the Green Mountains, is given by the Rev. Samuel Peters in his life Of the Rev. Samuel Peters, published at New York in 1807,
Dr. Thomas Young was a Pennsylvania statesman who took a great deal of interest in the young republic in the
mountains. It was he who had suggested that Pennsylvania's constitution be used as the basis for Vermont's, and
that was done. He also is credited with having suggested the name Vermont to perpetuate the memory of the Green
Mountain Boys, who were named for the long north-south ridge of mountains that nearly bisects the state.
There is no doubt that the name Verd Mont had been applied to this range of mountains long previous to the above translation, (if, indeed, it ever took place;) but we do not find that the name Verd Mont, or Vermont, was ever applied to the territory generally known as the New Hampshire Grants, previous to the declaration of the independence of the territory in January, 1777.
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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.