It wasn't all Columbus blundering his way around the Americas.
In fact, all around the world, people have historically decided that the first thing that they heard had to be the place-name. What else could those silly natives possibly be trying to say?
"Windgancon." The British scout duly recorded what he heard in response to his question about what this place was called.
It didn't seem to occur to him that, just as he couldn't understand Powhatan, the individuals grinning back at him weren't exactly fluent in English either.
Others heard it too. They couldn't decide on the precise phonetic spelling. Wingandacoa was one variation. Someone else, with slightly less imagination, thought he'd got 'Wingina' out of it.
Whatever the case was, it was soon dismissed. When Sir Walter Raleigh formed a colony there, he promptly renamed the whole area Virginia. It flattered Queen Elizabeth I, aka The Virgin Queen, back home.
Which must come as a huge relief to the US population of the state, as they would otherwise have been called, "What gay clothes you're wearing!" in Powhatan.