[ 3 syll. ar-kan-sas, ark-ans-as ] The baby boy name Arkansas is also used as a girl name. Its pronunciation is AARKAHNSAA †. Arkansas is derived from Native American origins. The name's meaning is of the downriver people; of the south wind; from Arkansas, USA. The name is derived ultimately from the Native American tribal word 'akakaze', which means 'of the downriver people' in Quapaw or 'of the south wind' in Sioux. The name of the state of Arkansas, USA also derives from the same source.
Arkansas is infrequently used as a baby name for boys. It is not listed in the top 1000 names.
† English pronunciation for Arkansas: AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; K as in "key (K.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)"