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Names and Nicknames

Names aren’t really one of my primary focuses, but I have done some research on nicknames and slogans associated with the 50 U.S. states.

U.S. State Nicknames ˆ

The table below list some of the more familiar state nicknames, with a second table listing slogans that have been officially adopted.

The more familiar nicknames are generally listed first. A date in the last column indicates the year the first nickname listed was officially adopted. Other nicknames are unofficial. Information about unofficial slogans can be found in Geobop’s State Symbols.

List of State Nicknames
State Nickname(s)
Alabama The Heart of Dixie, The Yellowhammer State, Cotton State
Alaska The Last Frontier, Land of the Midnight Sun, The Great Land
Arizona The Grand Canyon State, Copper State
Arkansas The Natural State, Hot Water State, Bowie State, Toothpick State 1995
(former) Land of Opportunity 1995
(former) Wonder State 1923
California The Golden State 1968
Colorado Centennial State, Colorful Colorado
Connecticut Constitution State, Nutmeg State 1959
Delaware The First State, Blue Hen State, Diamond State, Small Wonder 2002
Florida Sunshine State, Orange State, Everglade State, Alligator State 1970
Georgia The Peach State, Goober State, Empire State of the South
Hawaii The Aloha State, Paradise of the Pacific, Youngest State, Pineapple State 1959
Idaho The Gem State, Gem of the Mountains, Land of Famous Potatoes
Illinois The Prairie State, Corn State
Indiana The Hoosier State
Iowa The Hawkeye State 1938
Kansas Sunflower State, Cyclone State, Jayhawk State, Wheat State, Jayhawker State
Kentucky The Bluegrass State, Hemp State, Tobacco State, Dark and Bloody Ground
Louisiana The Pelican State, Bayou State, Child of the Mississippi
Maine The Pine Tree State, Border State, Old Dirigo State
Maryland Free State, Old Line State
Massachusetts Bay State, Pilgrim State, Baked Bean State
Michigan The Wolverine State, Lake State, Lady of the Lake, Auto State
Minnesota The North Star State, Land of 10,000 Lakes, Gopher State, Bread and Butter State
Mississippi The Magnolia State, Bayou State, Mud-cat State
Missouri The Show Me State, Bullion State, Lead State, Cave State, Ozark State
Montana Big Sky Country, Bonanza State, Treasure State
Nebraska Cornhusker State, Tree Planters’ State, Antelope State 1945
Nevada The Sagebrush State, Silver State, Mining State
New Hampshire The Granite State, White Mountain State, Switzerland of America, Mother of Rivers
New Jersey The Garden State, Clam State, Camden and Amboy State, Jersey Blue State, Pathway of the Revolution
New Mexico Land of Enchantment 1999
New York The Empire State, Excelsior State, Knickerbocker State
North Carolina The Tarheel State, Turpentine State, Old North State, First in Flight
North Dakota The Peace Garden State, Flickertail State, Roughrider State, Sioux State, Land of the Dakotas 1957
Ohio The Buckeye State, Mother of Modern Presidents
Oklahoma Sooner State
Oregon The Beaver State, Webfoot State, Hard-case State
Pennsylvania The Keystone State, Quaker State
Rhode Island The Ocean State, The Smallest State, Plantation State, Little Rhody 1971
South Carolina The Palmetto State, Swamp State, Rice State, Iodine State, Keystone of the South Atlantic Seaboard
South Dakota Mount Rushmore State, Sunshine State, Coyote State, Blizzard State, Artesian State 1980
Tennessee The Volunteer State, Big Bend State, Mother of Southwestern Statesmen
Texas Lone Star State 2015
Utah The Beehive State, Mormon State, Salt Lake State, Land of the Saints
Vermont Green Mountain State
Virginia Old Dominion, Mother of States, Mother of Presidents, Cavalier State
Washington Evergreen State, Chinook State
West Virginia The Mountain State, Panhandle State, Switzerland of America
Wisconsin Badger State, America’s Dairyland
Wyoming The Cowboy State, Equality State
List of Official State Slogans
State Slogan
Illinois The Land of Lincoln 1955
Nebraska Welcome to Nebraskaland, where the West begins. 1963
Nevada Battle Born 1937
New Mexico Everybody is Somebody in New Mexico 1975
South Dakota Great Faces, Great Places, 1990
Tennessee Tennessee—America at Its Best 1965

Canada ˆ

List of Provincial Nicknames
Province Nickname(s)
Alberta The Sunshine Province, The Energy Province, The Princess Province
British Columbia The Pacific Province
Manitoba The Keystone Province
New Brunswick The Picture Province, The Loyalist Province
Newfoundland The Rock
Northwest Territories North of Sixty, Land of the Polar Bear, Canada’s Last Frontier
Nova Scotia The Land of Evangeline, Canada’s Ocean Playground
Prince Edward Island The Garden Province, Abegweit, Minegoo, The Island, Spud Island, Million Acre Farm
Quebec La Belle Province
Saskatchewan The Wheat Province
Yukon Territory Land of the Midnight Sun
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