FYI: State, Territory, and Country Nicknames

The U.S. states and territories got their nicknames for several reasons. Some are from historical events, some from their crops, some due to weather, some due to plants and animals, and some based on sports teams. The countries operate in much the same manner. They get their nicknames due to their terrain shape and type, mythical creatures, historical events, and cultural practices. Enjoy.

State/TerritoryNicknames
AlabamaCotton State, Yellowhammer State, Heart of Dixie
AlaskaThe Last Frontier, Land of the Midnight Sun
ArizonaGrand Canyon State, Copper State
ArkansasNatural State, Land of Opportunity, Hot Springs State
CaliforniaGolden State, Beach State
ColoradoCentennial State
ConnecticutNutmeg State, Constitution State, Blue Law State
DelawareFirst State or Diamond State
FloridaSunshine State, Alligator State, Everglade State, Orange State
GeorgiaPeach State, Empire State of the South, Goober State
HawaiiAloha State, Pineapple State, Youngest State
IdahoGem State, Spud State
IllinoisPrairie State, Land of Lincoln
IndianaHoosier State
IowaHawkeye State
KansasSunflower State, Jayhawker State
KentuckyBluegrass State, Hemp State, Tobacco State
LouisianaPelican State, Creole State, Sugar State
MainePine Tree State, Lumber State
MarylandChesapeake State, Free State, Old Line State, Oyster State
MassachusettsBay State, Old Colony State, Pilgrim State, Baked Bean State
MichiganWolverine State, Great Lakes State, The Mitten State
MinnesotaNorth Star State, Gopher State, Land of 10,000 Lakes, Bread and Butter State
MississippiMagnolia State, The Bayou State
MissouriShow Me State, Bullion State
MontanaTreasure State, Big Sky Country, The Last Best Place
NebraskaCornhusker State, Antelope State, Blackwater State
NevadaSilver State, Sagebrush State, Battle Born State, Casino State
State/TerritoryNicknames
New HampshireGranite State, White Mountain State
New JerseyGarden State
New MexicoLand of Enchantment, Land of Sunshine
New YorkEmpire State, Excelsior State
North CarolinaTar Heel State, Old North State
North DakotaFlickertail State, Sioux State, Peace Garden State, Rough Rider State
OhioBuckeye State
OklahomaSooner State, Native America
OregonBeaver State, Webfoot State, Pacific Wonderland
PennsylvaniaKeystone State, Quaker State, Coal State, Railroad State
Rhode IslandOcean State, Little Rhody, Smallest State
South CarolinaPalmetto State
South DakotaThe Mount Rushmore State, Land of Infinite Variety, Coyote State
TennesseeVolunteer State, Butternut State, Big Bend State
TexasLone Star State
UtahBeehive State, Mormon State
VermontGreen Mountain State
VirginiaThe Old Dominion, Mother of Presidents, Horse Country
WashingtonEvergreen State, Chinook State
West VirginiaMountain State, Panhandle State
WisconsinBadger State, America’s Dairyland, The Mitten State, The Dairy State
WyomingEquality State, Cowboy State
American SamoaMotu o Fiafiaga (Islands of Paradise)
District of ColumbiaNation’s Capital
GuamTano y Chamorro (Land of the Chamorro), Hub of the Pacific
Northern Mariana IslandsHåfa Adai (Hello), America’s Best Kept Secret
Puerto RicoIsla del Encanto (Island of Enchantment)
U.S. Virgin IslandsAmerica’s Caribbean, American Paradise
CountryNicknames
BhutanLand of the Thunder Dragon
ChinaThe Red Dragon
IndonesiaThe Emerald of the Equator
JapanLand of the Rising Sun
MongoliaLand of the Blue Sky
North KoreaThe Hermit Kingdom
PhilippinesThe Pearl of the Orient Seas
South KoreaLand of the Morning Calm
Sri LankaIndia’s Teardrop
ThailandLand of Smiles
SingaporeThe Lion City
MyanmarLand of the Golden Pagodas
Hong KongAsia’s World City
MacauVegas of the East
AfghanistanGraveyard of Empires
IsraelThe Holy Land
LebanonSwitzerland of the Middle East
IraqCradle of Ancient Civilization
Burkina FasoLand of the Upright Men
EgyptThe Gift of the Nile
LesothoThe Kingdom in the Sky
MadagascarThe Red Island
RwandaLand of a Thousand Hills
South AfricaRainbow Nation
New ZealandLand of the Long White Cloud
AustraliaLand Down Under
VenezuelaLand of Grace
United States of AmericaThe Land of the Free
ParaguayThe Island Surrounded by Land
GuyanaLand of Many Waters
ChileLand of Poets
CanadaThe Great White North
BrazilLand of the Palms (Pindorama)
PeruLand of the Incas
SwitzerlandHelvetia
SloveniaThe Sunny Side of the Alps
ItalyThe Boot
IrelandThe Emerald Isle
IcelandLand of Fire and Ice
SwitzerlandHelvetia
EnglandLand of Hope and Glory
BelarusThe White Russia
AlbaniaLand of the Eagles
AustriaLand of Beauty and Music
PortugalLusitania
SpainThe Bull Skin
FranceL’hexagone (The Hexagon)
United KingdomAlbion
NorwayThe Land of the Midnight Sun
SwedenThe Elongated Country
FinlandThe Land of a Thousand Lakes
DenmarkDanevang
NetherlandsHolland
BelgiumThe Flat Country
LuxembourgThe Grand Duchy
GermanyThe Land of Poets and Thinkers
AustriaThe Musical Centre of Europe
PolandThe Land of Fields
Czech RepublicBohemia
MaltaThe Land of Honey
RomaniaThe Land of Count Dracula
EstoniaMary’s Land
LithuaniaThe Land of Storks
LatviaThe Land of Blue Lakes
UkraineThe Bread Basket of Europe
TurkeyAnatolia
SlovakiaThe Heart of Europe
MoldovaBessarabia
HungaryThe Land of Magyars
CroatiaOur Beautiful
SerbiaRascia
Bosnia and HerzegovinaThe Heart Shaped Land
MontenegroThe Black Mountain
KosovoThe Land of Freedom
AlbaniaThe Land of Eagles
BulgariaThe Land of Roses
North MacedoniaThe Land of the Sun
GreeceHellas
CyprusThe Island of Love

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