The name California means Hot Furnace Or Mythical Land and is of Spanish origin. California is a name that's been used primarily by parents who are considering baby names for girls.
California is a name of a U.S. state. There are many theories on how it was named or why, but most likely it's derived from the Old Spanish "Calit Fornay" meaning hot furnace. This theory stems from early maps, which had the land labeled as two words: "Cali Fornia."
The other theory is that the name originates from "Califia" - a mythical island paradise described in Las Serges de Esplandian - a Spanish romance novel by Garcia Ordonez de Montalvo written ca. 1510.
Contractions of California include Cali and CA.
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