Names, for many of us, aren't just meaningless labels.

They're our ties to history, culture, where we're from, and our unique identities. Whether it's a person, place, or an animal, a name can carry significant meaning or have a fascinating story behind it.

For some, names reflect their pride in their family heritage, cultural traditions and customs, or even the hopes and dreams parents hold for their children's future.

For example, a girl named "Hope" might have been born during or after a challenging time and now embodies a beautiful sense of optimism and a fresh start to their family.

Did you know "Idaho" doesn't actually mean anything?

Places, can have pretty cool name origins, too. We'll talk more about it in the gallery below, but basically, Idaho was a made-up word pinned on the possibility that it might be a word related to the state's Shoshone Native American residents. Without a doubt, that's a blooper for the history books, folks!

The state of New York, for example, was initially named New Amsterdam by early Dutch settlers. It wasn't until the Brits took over that it was renamed to New York. Interesting, right?

Names don't have to mean something to someone or anything at all.

We suppose it's true that not all names have a unique or deep story behind them (sigh). Like Idaho, sometimes a name is just a name...or a giant mistake/historical mishap.

Have you ever wondered how the cities that make up Idaho's gorgeous Treasure Valley got their names? You might be surprised by the stories behind them in the gallery below.

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  • the stories behind how Idaho's Treasure Valley cities got their names

  • 9 Idaho cities with names that seriously haven't aged well

  • 7 eerie & entertaining Idaho urban legends to share around the bonfire

Here's How the Cities of Idaho's Treasure Valley Got Their Names

Gallery Credit: Nikki West & Ryan Valenzuela

The Most Offensive Nicknames of 9 Idaho Cities

Idaho is a state with 265 towns. Boise, Meridian, and Nampa happen to be three of the biggest, each with official and unofficial nicknames.

While official nicknames tend to be descriptive or inspired by the city's terrain or history, the unofficial ones range from comical to cruel. Listed below are the official and unofficial nicknames of nine Idaho cities.

We were surprised by how many we weren't aware of; especially for Blackfoot!

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

7 Eerie Idaho Urban Legends to Share Around the Bonfire

Tap tap into your friends' primal fears and anxieties with seven chilling Idaho urban legends at your next bonfire.

Gallery Credit: Ryan Valenzuela

The 15 Most Haunted Places In The Treasure Valley

The Boise area is full of ghosts! These are the 15 places that you are most likely going to have a run-in with the paranormal.

Gallery Credit: Marco

Are Ghosts Scaring Buyers Away from an Eerie-Looking Boise Home?

Constructed in 1945, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom home sits on nearly an acre of land and includes a separate, diminutive bonus home/lair.

The perks don't stop there – enjoy a brand-new roof, charming original hardwood flooring, and a kitchen that's been tastefully updated. Crowned with delightful cove ceilings, this home is all about the good vibes.

And hey, we can't say for sure whether the two fireplaces and spacious basement have hosted any dark rituals, but there's absolutely no reason to rule out their potential for some fabulous home entertainment.

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

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