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Pickleball is named after the pickle boat, which is the name of the boat that comes in last with its catch. There is an untrue story that indicated the game was named after the owner's dog.


The name for the element iron comes from the same Anglo-Saxon word, iron or iren, although it is thought that this word comes from the earlier Celtic word îsarno. Some scholars suggest that this Celtic word comes from an even older Indo-European word for metal, ayos or ...


California was named by the Spanish following its discovery by Hernan Cortes, but there are two possible origins for its name. One theory says that the name comes from a few descriptive words in Catalan, and the other says that they came from the name of the mythical la...


The most common theory about the origin of America's name is that the country is named after Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian explorer who reached the New World in 1502. After returning to Florence, he suspected that Christopher Columbus was not correct in assuming that the...


The term Calcium is based on the Latin words "calx" and "calcis," meaning "lime." The ancient Romans were known to make lime from limestone or calcium carbonate, a naturally occurring compound found in Earth's crust.


The state of Missouri's name is derived from the tribe of Sioux Indians called the Missouris. The name "Missouri" means "town of the large canoes," and the state's nickname is the "Show-Me" state.


While most accounts agree that the state name "Illinois" comes from the tribe of Native Americans living there when the area was first explored by Europeans, exactly who brought the name into the English language is not clear. Folk etymologies have arisen to explain the...