I’m currently writing a book set in historical Utah.

Interestingly, today I found out that the state’s name does not have a clear origin. And I’m weird, so I love mysterious stuff like that.

On the Quick Facts page of the Utah government site, two theories are presented:

Theory 1: The name “Utah” originates from the Native American “Ute” tribe which means people of the mountains.

Theory 2: From the Apache word “yuttahih” meaning “one/those that is/are higher up”.

Pretty cool, either way! I’d never heard the Apache possibility, and am now biased toward it.

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