Type Region & Political Subdivision
Usage English

Meaning & History

From French Louisiane, named after King Louis XIV of France by the explorer René-Robert Cavelier in 1682. It originally referred to a large territory in the middle of North America. It was sold by France to the United States in 1803, and the southern tip became the American state of Louisiana in 1812.

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesLouisiane(French)
Entry added June 9, 2023