Surely you know some names reflect the family, the origin of a person or even some physical caracteristic in our language, Spanish, but what happens with the names of the places? Some stand for the story or the description of that place, to show you an example have a look on this map:
This infographic shares the literal translation of every state in the U.S. Some of these are less surprising: Michigan translates to Great Lake. The state of Washington simply means the Home of the First President.
Others are a bit more wordy. Arkansas, for example, is actually the Land of Downriver People. California is the Mythical Island Califia, and Wisconsin means River running Through a Red Place. One more for you: West Virginia is “West of the Country of the Virgin.” Try saying that three times fast.
See at Daily Infographic