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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.
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Virginia State Names (Etymology of Names)
Virginia Name Etymology and State Nicknames
Origin of Virginia State Name
Virginia was named in 1584 in honor of Queen Elizabeth of England, who was popularly called the "Virgin Queen." The name Virginia is the feminine form of the Latin word Virginius.
Virginia is often called the Cavalier State for its early settlers who were loyal to England, and the Mother of States because it was the first to be colonized.
Old Dominion / Ancient Dominion
Virginia has the oldest citation for any state nickname. Old Dominion has its first recorded sighting in 1778, but this derives from Ancient Dominion, the nickname for the state from the end of the 17th century.
England's King Charles II quartered the arms of Virginia on his shield in 1663, adding Virginia to his dominions of Ireland, Scotland, and France), Cavalier State (for early settlers who were loyal to England)
Mother of States
It is also known as the Mother of States, being the first state to be colonized (a name not attributed to Virginia until 1855, whereas Connecticut had been given the name in 1838),
Mother of Presidents and Mother of Statesmen
Because Virginia supplied seven of the first twelve of the US Presidents. Virginians who served as president include George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
Virginia is often called the Cavalier State for its early settlers who were loyal to England
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Virginia 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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