Just a quick one today. I found this story on Futility Closet’s blog here.
“Idaho means nothing. When Congress was casting about for a name for a new western territory, an eccentric lobbyist named George M. Willing suggested ‘Idaho,’ which he said was derived from a Shoshone Indian term meaning ‘the sun comes from the mountains’ or ‘gem of the mountains.’
“He later admitted that he’d made it up.”