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Nevada State Names (Etymology of Names)
Nevada Name Etymology and State Nicknames
Nevada is a state in the western, mountain west, and southwestern regions of the United States. Nevada is the 7th most extensive, the 35th most populous, and the 9th least densely populated of the 50 United States. Nevada is bordered on the north by Oregon and Idaho, the east by Utah and Arizona, and on the south west and west by California.
Origin of Nevada State Name
This state was named after the mountain range in the west.
As far back as 1857 many names were used to refer to the area that became Nevada, IE: Sierra Nevada Territory;
Washoe Territory; Carson Territory; Eastern Slope; Humboldt; Esmeralda; Sierra Plata; Oro Plata and Bullion. But
in 1864 the land emerged as "Nevada" a Spanish word meaning snow-covered.
The Silver State / Siver State / Mining State / Silverland
The state's nickname is "The Silver State," due to the large number of silver deposits that were discovered and mined there. The state was more seriously known as Silverland (traced back to 1863, from the wealth of silver deposits). This eventually became the Silver State (a nickname challenged by Colorado, but which is what appears on the state's license plates today), and also led to the Mining State.
Sagebrush State / Sage State
Named the "Sagebrush State" for the wild sage that grows there prolifically. However, the Sagebrush State (challenged by Wyoming) is more common (the sagebrush being the state's official flower), occasionally shortened to Sage State
Facetious nicknames, like Divorce State have appeared (in this case, due to the rise of Reno and Las Vegas)
The Sage-hen State
The sage hen is a true bird of the west. The sage hen or sage grouse, once very plentiful in Nevada, gives us this nickname
Nevada Postal Code
Nevada Resident's Name
The etymologies of some US state names are more obvious than others, derived from the Spanish or French tongue. Though, more than half of the US state names come from Native American tribal languages, with several still a mystery to scholars and historians.