Whether you’re working on a ‘G’ assignment or looking forward to that next intense game of Scattergories where a ‘G’ comes up on the die, if you need to know which states start with ‘G,’ we’ve got you covered.

Here are all the ‘G’ states in the U.S. (and beyond) and how they got their ‘G’ names.


Well, this is it. Just Georgia.

It’s the only ‘G’ state in the country.

As for its name origin, the state of Georgia was named after a person.

That person was King George II, who pretty much named it after himself while approving the new colony’s charter in 1732.

Georgia Name Meaning

Georgia’s name meaning really doesn’t have any connection with the state.

As explained above, it was simply named after King George II.

However, the name George/Georgia does have an origin, and, by chance, it actually makes a decent amount of sense in connection with the state.

The name George comes from the Greek name Georgios, which translates as “earth worker,” which basically means farmer.

Given Georgia’s warm growing climate and roughly 10 million acres of farmland, it’s a pretty fitting name.

Onward From the ‘G’ State Names

So, there you have it, the singular U.S. state that starts with the letter ‘G.’

That’s not going to help you much in Scattergories.

So, if you’re looking for a few more unique state names that begin with a ‘G,’ here they are:

International States That Start With G

There might only be one U.S. state that starts with a ‘G,’ but there are other countries that call their territories states and have some states with ‘G’ names.

In Africa, for instance, you’ve got –

  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bassau

In Mexico, you’ve got –

  • Guanajuato
  • Guerrero

In India, you’ve got –

  • Goa
  • Gujarat

And so on.

Independent States That Start With G

Along with countries that call their independent territories “states,” there are also countries that are considered independent, or sovereign, states themselves.

Some of the sovereign states that start with ‘G’ are:

  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala

Basically, any country that is not under the political or social control of another country is considered a sovereign state, including the United States.

States of Being That Start With G

Now, if you really want to push your luck with “state” (like during a Scattergories game), you can also go with a different definition of “state.”

Namely, this definition –

“the condition of a person or thing” (dictionary.com)

This opens up tons of possibilities.

So, what ‘G’ states can a person or thing be in?

  • Gainful
  • Gallant
  • Gaunt
  • Gel-like
  • Genetically-modified
  • Gentile
  • Ghostlike
  • Glammed-up
  • Golden

Whether or not you’ll get away with any of these really depends on how cool the group you’re playing with is or how cool your teacher is.

But, unless it’s explicitly stated that you must name a “place that is a state” or a “U.S. state,” it’s really open to interpretation.

Plus, you’re being super creative (good for you!), so you should really get bonus points!

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