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Region Origin: Western Asia

The name Indiana means "Land of the Indians" or simply "Indian Land". It originates from the fact that the land along the Ohio River was purchased from the Indians, and it was also named for the Indian tribes who settled in western Pennsylvania. The name was first used in 1768 when a Philadelphia-based trading company gave its land claim in present-day West Virginia the name "Indiana". Later, ownership of the claim was transferred to the Indiana Land Company, which was the first recorded use of the word Indiana. The naming of Indiana has a twist in its history, as the name disappeared for a short time. When the Indiana Land Company lost its claim in 1798 due to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the land was absorbed by Virginia, and the name Indiana was temporarily dropped. However, in 1800, when Congress divided the Northwest Territory, the name Indiana was reintroduced and applied to the present state of Indiana. The name has since been used to represent the state and its residents, known as "Hoosiers".

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