Forebears of the Ute, Goshute, and Paiute contributed to English only a few place-names, such as Utah itself, Uinata (and Uintah), Wasatch, and Tavaputs.

Utah English is primarily that merger of Northern and Midland carried west by the Mormons, whose original New York dialect later incorporated features from southern Ohio and central Illinois. Conspicuous in Mormon speech in the central valley, although less frequent now in Salt Lake City, is a reversal of vowels, so that farm and barn sound like form and born and, conversely, form and born sound like farm and barn .

In 2000, 87.5% of all state residents five years of age or older spoke only English at home; this was a decrease from 92.2% in 1990.

The following table gives selected statistics from the 2000 census for language spoken at home by persons five years old and over. The category "Other Pacific Island languages" includes Chamorro, Hawaiian, Ilocano, Indonesian, and Samoan.


Population 5 years and over 2,023,875 100.0
Speak only English 1,770,626 87.5
Speak a language other than English 253,249 12.5
Speak a language other than English 253,249 12.5
Spanish or Spanish Creole 150,244 7.4
German 12,095 0.6
Navajo 9,373 0.5
Other Pacific Island languages 8,998 0.4
French (incl. Patois, Cajun) 7,905 0.4
Chinese 7,093 0.4
Portuguese or Portuguese Creole 5,715 0.3
Vietnamese 5,202 0.3
Japanese 5,032 0.2