Did You Know: State Mottos and Nicknames

Did you know that all 50 States have Mottos as well as Nicknames? Well they do, and some of them might surprise you! For instance, I’m a native Texan and know that Texas is often referred to as “The Lone Star State”. However, I had no idea this was the official nickname of the state! Along with mottos and nicknames, each state has a plethora of unique attributes. Everything from state sports and instruments to state plants and animals! If you’re curious about your state’s other defining qualities, follow the links to see what else they are known for! Here’s the list of State Mottos and Nicknames:

AlabamaAudemus jua nostra defendere
(We Dare Defend Our Rights)
The Heart of Dixie
AlaskaNorth to the FutureThe Great Land
ArizonaDitat Deus
(God Enriches)
The Grand Canyon State
ArkansasRegnat Populus
(The People Rule)
The Natural State
(I have found it)
The Golden State
ColoradoNil Sine Numine
Nothing Without Providence
The Mile-High State
The Centennial State
ConnecticutQui Transtulit Sustinet
(He Who Transplanted still sustains)
The Constitution State
DelawareLiberty and IndependenceThe First State
FloridaIn God We TrustThe Sunshine State
GeorgiaWisdom, justice, and moderationThe Peach State
HawaiiUa mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono
(The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness)
The Aloha State
IdahoEsto Perpetua
(It is Perpetual)
The Gem State
IllinoisState sovereignty, national unionThe Prairie State
IowaOur liberties we prize and
our rights we will maintain
The Hawkeye State
IndianaThe Crossroads of AmericaThe Hoosier State
KansasAd Astra per Aspera
(To the Stars Through Difficulties)
The Sunflower State
KentuckyUnited we stand, divided we shall fallThe Bluegrass State
LouisianaUnion, justice and confidenceThe Pelican State
MaineDirigo (I Direct)The Pine Tree State
MarylandFatti Maschii Parole Femine
(Strong Deeds, Gentle Words)
The Old Line State
MassachusettsEnse Petit Placidam Sub Libertate Quietem
(By the sword we seek peace,
but peace only under liberty)
The Bay State
MichiganSi Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumsice
(If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you)
The Wolverine State
MinnesotaL’Etoile du Nord
(The Star of the North)
The Land of 10,000 Lakes
MississippiVirtute et Armis
(By Valor and Arms)
The South’s Warmest Welcome
MissouriSalus Populi Suprema Lex Esto
(The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law)
The Show Me State
MontanaGold and SilverBig Sky Country
NebraskaEquality before the lawCornhusker State
NevadaAll for our countryThe Silver State
New HampshireLive free or dieThe Granite State
New JerseyLiberty and ProsperityThe Garden State
New MexicoCrescit Eundo (It Grows as It Goes)Land of Enchantment
New YorkExelsior
(Ever Upward)
The Empire State
North CarolinaEsse Quam Videri
(To Be Rather than to Seem)
The Tar Heel State
North DakotaLiberty and union, now and forever,
one and inseparable
Peace Garden State
OhioWith God, all things are possibleThe Buckeye State
OklahomaLabor Omnia Vincit
(Labor Conquers All Things)
The Sooner State
OregonAlis Volat Propriis
(She Flies with Her Own Wings)
The Beaver State
PennsylvaniaVirtue, liberty and independenceThe Keystone State
Rhode IslandHopeThe Ocean State
South CarolinaAnimis Opibusque Parati
(Prepared in Mind and Resources)
The Palmetto State
South DakotaUnder God, the people ruleThe Mount Rushmore State
TennesseeAgriculture and commerceThe Volunteer State
TexasFriendshipThe Lone Star State
UtahIndustryThe Beehive State
VermontFreedom and unityThe Green Mountain State
VirginiaSic Semper Tyrannis (Thus Always to Tyrants)The Old Dominion
WashingtonAl-ki (By and By)The Evergreen State
West VirginiaMontani Semper Liberi
(Mountaineers are Always Free)
The Mountain State
WisconsinForwardThe Badger State
WyomingEqual RightsThe Cowboy State

Well there you have it, these are the 50 State Mottos and Nicknames! Let me know this information is an accurate depiction of your state! If not, let me know what you think your state motto/nickname should be. Until next time!

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