No one knows for sure how the turkey got its name.
Some people say that early British settlers in America thought that the bird looked like something that merchants brought back to England from Turkey.
Others say that Christopher Columbus named the bird. He thought that America was connected to India. When he saw a turkey, he thought it was a type of Indian peacock. He called it "tuka," which is "peacock" in Tamil, an Indian language.
The Native American name for turkey is "firkee." Some say this is how turkeys got their name.
Another story comes from the turkey itself. When a turkey is scared, it makes a "turk, turk, turk" sound.
How do YOU think the turkey got its name?