Q&AZ: What's The Origin Of Arizona's Name?
A listener asked through KJZZ's Q&AZ reporting project what it the origin of our state's name.
According to the Arizona Secretary of State's Office, the Spanish sometimes spelled Arizona with an S or even two Ss. And it was located somewhere in what are now borderlands. But scholars disagree on the meaning and the source of the name.
Some concluded that it was a native word, Tohono O'odham or Pima, that meant small spring or place of the small spring.
Others have pointed to evidence hinting that Arizona is a Basque word that means the "good oak tree." One said that in the 1700s, a Mexican with Basque heritage founded a place called Arizona. It was located in present-day Sonora.