How did Arizona get its name?

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How did Arizona get its name? Arizona stands for Small Spring but the name Arizona was the winning name after many suggestions including Gadsonia after James Gadsonia in 1863. You can find more information here: http://arizonaoddities.com/2009/05/how-did-arizona-get-its-name/
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The state name of Arizona has an unknown origin. Some historians think it comes from the Spanish phrase 'zona arida' (arid zone) or the Basque phrase aritz ona, "good oak". Others think the state was named after the Aztec word arizuma, which means "sliver-bearing".
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