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State Names & Nicknames
A list of US state slogans is available, as well as a list of US state State Name, origin of the state names, and the state resident's names.
Utah State Names
Utah Name Etymology and State Nicknames
Origin of Utah State Name
From the Ute tribe, meaning "people of the mountains."
The Navajo Indians were referred to by the Apache as "Yuttahih" meaning "one that is higher up." Europeans misunderstood this term to refer to the tribes living higher in the mountains than the Navajo, the Utes, and the territory was called the land of the Utes, Utah.
Important icon in the Mormon religion that is depicted on the state flag. The beehive became the official state emblem on March 4, 1959. Utahans relate the beehive symbol to industry and the pioneer virtues of thrift and perseverance. The beehive was chosen as the emblem for the provisional State of Deseret in 1848 and was maintained on the seal of the State of Utah when Utah became a state in 1896.
Mormon State / Land of the Mormons / Land of the Saints
From the official name of the Mormon religion.
The first settlers in Utah were the members of the Church of Latter Day Saints, also called the Mormons. Their hard work and great influence in the state has given Utah most of its various nicknames. Its common, and long-standing, nickname, the is Mormon State, of which there are a couple of variations - such as Land of the Mormons and Land of the Saints.
Salt Lake State
The only "non-Mormon" nickname is the Salt Lake State, but even this is closely linked with the Mormons, who first settled in what is now known as Salt Lake City, next to the great Salt Lake
SlogansUtah! Where Ideas Connect
Greatest Snow on Earth (formerly)
Life Elevated (2007)
Utah Postal Code
Utah 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.
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