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Gender: F Meaning of Arizona: "little springs" Origin of Arizona: Place-name from Papago Indian

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This unusual and evocative southwestern place name was picked for his daughter by former Everclear frontman Art Alexakis. It popped up as a first name on the quirky Dr. Arizona Robbins, introduced on Grey's Anatomy in 2009, played by Jessica Capshaw.

Not so admirable namesake: the notorious criminal "Ma" Barker was born Arizona Clark. Though her name would not have been such a radical choice at that time--Arizona was widely used in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, peaking at Number 510 in 1882--which was before Arizona became a state.

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Pop Culture References for the Name Arizona

Arizona is one of the 50 American states
"Arizona" by Kings of Leon
Arizona Robbins, pediatric surgeon on the TV show "Grey's Anatomy"
"Arizona," 1940 film
"Raising Arizona," 1987 film