Like many state names that are shared with rivers, the Ohio River was the first to be named with the territory taking its name from the river. Oheo in Iroquois means beautiful and ohion-hiio means beautiful river.1
1Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, edited by Philip Babcock Gove (Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 1993), 1568;
Illustrated Dictionary of Place Names, edited by Kelsie B. Harder (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1976), 389.
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