I really like to know how things got their names. Last week I wrote that there’s always history, a person, and a story. So, how did Oklahoma get its name? Read on.
The story begins during the American Revolution when a white colonist named William Fry entered Choctaw country (later Mississippi). He married a Choctaw woman. Skip to his great-grandson Kiliahote, born in November, 1826 whose family did not speak English. The first group of Choctaw were being “persuaded” to move west of the Mississippi River to Indian Territory and traveled with great hardship in 1832. Kiliahote’s family traveled west the next year. His mother had died in 1832.