Arizona has Roots in Four American Indian Words

Trivia
on May 27, 2001

The name Arizona has its roots in any of four American Indian words. ‘Arizuma’ is Aztec for ‘silver bearing,’ while ‘Ali shonak’ or ‘Ari-son’ are Pima Indian words for ‘small spring,’ and ‘Aleh-zone’ also meant ‘small spring’ to the Tohono O’odham Indians.

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