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Most People Don’t Know The Meaning Behind These 16 Arizona Towns

The origin and meaning behind Arizona’s name is heavily debated by historians. Some attribute it to a word or phrase from several different indigenous tribes, such as Alĭ ṣonak (or, “place of small springs”) from the Tohono O’odham language. Other historians claim it is an Anglicized version of Zona Arida, the Spanish phrase for “arid land.” Others still claim it comes from a Basque phrase, haritz ona, meaning “good oak trees.”

While we may never truly know where our state got its name, we can at least count on knowing the origins behind the naming of our cities. A good deal of them were named after town founders but others just make you scratch your head in wonder. While we have a lot of little towns with strange names, here are just 16 to impress someone the next time you stroll into one of these towns.

Did the origin behind any of these town names surprise you? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below or on our Facebook page! Also, let us know if you would like to read a follow up article with the origins behind more town names.

Monica Spencer
Monica is a Diné freelance writer and the Arizona staff writer for Only In Your State. In addition to writing, she also enjoys taking photos, running, and weaving. She currently lives in Phoenix with her boyfriend and their herd of cats.