Utah comes from the name of the Ute people who lived in the region. The exact meaning of the name is not known for certain, but it contains a reference to mountains and probably means something like at altitude, in the mountain heights, or people of the mountains.1
1Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, edited by Philip Babcock Gove (Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 1993), 2525;
Illustrated Dictionary of Place Names, edited by Kelsie B. Harder (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1976), 569.
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