Believe it or not, most states have an official nickname. No, it’s not “Champ” or “Old Timer” — they’re a little more offbeat, like the Buckeye State or the Cornhusker State.
Quiz yourself on a slew of state monikers, then see if you can tell the real ones from the ones we made up.
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Quiz: The State Nickname Game
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Which state is known as the Sunshine State?
Florida’s official nickname was adopted by the 1970 state legislature.
Which states nickname is the Grand Canyon State?
Arizona derives its nickname from its most famous natural landmark, the Grand Canyon.
Which state goes by the nickname the Empire State?
Think of the Empire State Building. New York’s nickname signifies its multitude of resources and expansive wealth.
Which state is called the Buckeye State?
Buckeye trees once dotted Ohio’s hills and plains. Ohio State University’s athletic teams are also known as Buckeyes.
Which state has the nickname the Golden State?
Made the official nickname in 1968, the Golden State refers in part to California’s historic Gold Rush in the mid 1800s.
Which state has the unusual nickname of the Show Me State?
Missouri’s unique nickname illustrates its residents legendary commitment to everyday common sense.
The Garden State is the nickname of which state?
Bestowed in 1876, the nickname casts New Jersey as a garden enjoyed on either side by New York and Pennsylvania.
Which state is the Cornhusker State?
Nope, it’s not Iowa. The term comes from the practice of harvesting (or husking) corn by hand.
Which state is nicknamed the Sooner State?
A sooner is someone who jumped the gun too soon in a bid to claim land in Oklahoma.
Which state nickname is the Hoosier State?
Although its origins are disputed, the Hoosier is the mascot of Indiana University’s sports teams.
BONUS ROUND! We give you the state; you select the real nickname. Hawaii’s nickname is:
A 1959 legislative act officially made Hawaii the Aloha State.
Georgia’s nickname is:
Georgia’s farmers reputation for high-quality peaches earned the state its nickname. The peach became the official state fruit in 1995.
Louisiana’s nickname is:
Louisiana’s nickname comes from its native brown pelican.
Oregon’s nickname is:
Oregon gets its nickname from the state’s official animal, the American Beaver.
The nickname for Texas is:
The Lone Star flag design dates back as far as 1819.
Wisconsin’s nickname is:
The badger became Wisconsin’s official state animal in 1957.
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