where Mexican territory before the US decided to go West and make our USA border to border
we also have allot of Indian names - so what is the problem
English was not the native tongue. Beside - Christopher Columbus would not have found the Americas
if it weren't for the spanish - although I'm sure native indians wish they never helped the white man
In 1850, most of present-day Arizona became part of the new US Territory of New Mexico; the southern strip was added by the Gadsden Purchase in 1853. As you know, we've been a state for 100 years, and part of the USA for about 160 years. The Spanish were here for over 300 years before that.
So Spanish is part of our heritage and one we should be proud of and embrace.
Also a little info on "Arizona".
The name Arizona is the Spanish interpretation of "arizuma," an Aztec Indian word that means "silver-bearing." It's also based on the Pima Indian word arizonac, meaning "little spring place." Many state names trace their origin to native American Indian languages. See 50 States - Name Origins.
Let's stick with only good old American names: Winding Way, Sunset Hills, Riverbend Shores, Longview Manor, things like that.