Why turkey has the same name as Turkey
name originally applied to the lake, perhaps from Old Ojibwa (Algonquian) *meshi-gami "big lake." The spelling is French. Organized as a U.S. territory 1805, admitted as a state 1837. A resident might be a Michigander (1848) or a Michiganian (1813).
Note: Third largest of the Great Lakes and largest freshwater lake entirely within the United States.