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

Arizona Origin and Meaning

The name Arizona is a girl's name of Native American origin meaning "little springs".

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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Amerz0511 Says:


My 2 year old daughter is named Arizona May. My husband, before we were even together, traveled to the bottom of the Grand Canyon on a rafting trip and made a wish for me. When he got home we fell in love. We got engaged and then months later got married, overlooking the canyon under the stars. We knew that we wanted a unique name for our daughter and something just told us Arizona was the perfect fit. We believe there’s some magic down in that canyon. Our Arizona reminds us of that every day. ❤️

We sometimes call her Zona or AZ for short.

Eliza1303 Says:


Also think this would be a cool mn to make a more traditional name a little interesting.
Anne Arizona
Sarah Arizona
Emily Arizona

Eliza1303 Says:


Saw a little girl named Arizona was so cool

formalfish Says:


I love this as a strong first name, with zero context it's beautiful. However, I actually live in this dump of a state and it's such a strong, direct association to shake off. Also, as a native Spanish speaker with a larger than average nose, I'm terrified my daughter will inherit my nose. Narizona, the poor kid will never have a chance.

formalfish Says:


I like Rizzo for a little more pizzazz.

gmdx Says:


I'm totally spitballing here, but what about Rosie as nickname for Arizona?

Madisoniaa Says:


love this name

josie_j154 Says:


i love this name a lot. i first heard of arizona as a name on grey's anatomy. i thought it was quirky and cute. i don't know if i would ever use it, but it sure is one of my favorites!

cmwillard Says:


When I was in 2nd grade and learning the states in the United States, Arizona jumped out at me and I liked it as a name a lot and also decided I wanted to move there. It's really funny because I don't really have any connections to Arizona at all. Having grown up more since them, those things have changed, and Arizona is no longer my style, but it's funny looking back at that memory.

Guest Says:


I have several caveats with this name. The state of Arizona is ruby red and quite racist against my people, the Arizona iced tea association is really big, the song Arizona by one of my fave bands Kings of Leon is about a brothel. I like this name but those are some of the reasons I wouldn't use it.