USA States with state Mottos

Published: January 21, 2024 by Prof. Victor S.

USA States and their mottos

StateMottoAbout the motto
AlabamaAudemus jura nostra defendereThe Latin phrase means "We dare maintain our rights"
AlaskaNorth to the FutureThe motto was chosen in 1967 during the Alaska Purchase Centennial to represent "Alaska as a land of promise."
ArizonaDitat DeusThe Latin phrase means "God enriches"
ArkansasRegnat populusThe Latin phrase means "The people rule"
CaliforniaEurekaThe Greek word means "I have found it"
"Eureka" has been California's state motto since 1963, but the word has appeared on the state seal since 1849 as a reference to the discovery of gold in California.
ColoradoNil sine numineThe Latin phrase means "Nothing without Providence or Deity"
ConnecticutQui transtulit sustinetThe Latin phrase means "He who transplanted sustains"
Inspired by the Bible verse, "Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it."
DelawareLiberty and independenceDelaware's state motto has been "Liberty and Independence" since 1847
FloridaIn God we trustFlorida's motto is the same as the motto of USA
GeorgiaWisdom, Justice, ModerationGeorgia's state motto appears as three pillars on its state seal: "Wisdom, Justice and Moderation."
HawaiiUa Mau ke Ea o ka ‘Āina i ka PonoThe Hawaiian phrase means "The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness"
Hawaii's state motto was taken from King Kamehameha III given in 1843 while raising the Hawaiian flag after a brief period of British occupation.
IdahoEsto perpetuaThe Latin phrase means "Let it be perpetual"
IllinoisState sovereignty, national union
IndianaThe crossroads of America
IowaOur liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain
KansasAd astra per asperaThe Latin phrase means "To the stars through difficulties"
Kentucky1) United we stand, divided we fall
2) Deo gratiam habeamus
Kentucky's state motto is "United we stand, divided we fall." It comes from "Liberty Song" by John Dickinson, a song from 1768 that Kentucky's first governor was fond of.
2) The Latin phrase means "Let us be grateful to God"
LouisianaUnion, justice, and confidence
MaineDirigoThe Latin word means "I direct"
MarylandFatti maschi, parole femmine1) The Italian phrase means "Strong deeds, gentle words". The motto was taken from the family motto of Calvert family, the Roman Catholic founders of the Maryland colony.
MassachusettsEnse petit placidam sub libertate quietemThe Latin phrase means "By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty"
MichiganSi quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspiceThe Latin phrase means "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you"
MinnesotaL’étoile du NordThe French phrase means "The star of the North"
MississippiVirtute et armisThe Latin phrase means "By valor and arms"
MissouriSalus populi suprema lex estoThe Latin phrase means "The Welfare of the People is the Highest Law". The motto was proposed by William Wells in 1847 when he designed the state seal.
MontanaOro y plataThe Spanish phrase means "Gold and silver"
NebraskaEquality before the law
NevadaAll for our country
New HampshireLive free or dieThe motto comes from a statement written by Revolutionary General John Stark.
New JerseyLiberty and Prosperity
New MexicoCrescit eundoThe Latin phrase means "It goes by growing"
New YorkExcelsior!The Latin word means "Ever Upward!"
North CarolinaEsse quam videriThe Latin phrase means "To be, rather than to seem"
North DakotaLiberty and union, now and forever, one and inseparableTaken from Massachusetts Senator Daniel Webster's speech in the US Senate on January 26, 1830
OhioWith God, all things are possibleIn March 1958, ten-year-old Jimmy Mastronardo of Cincinnati wrote to The Cincinnati Enquirer, proposing the phrase, "With God, all things are possible." as state motto. He gathered 18,000 signatures in a petition drive, and, on June 22, the House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass a bill adopting the motto he suggested, after he was given the unprecedented privilege of addressing the House from the speaker's podium. Governor Michael DiSalle signed 103 SB 193 into law in July, effective October 1, 1959.
OklahomaOklahoma never declared an official state motto. The Latin phrase 'Labor omnia vincit' is being used as an unofficial mottoThe Latin phrase 'Labor omnia vincit' meaning "Hard work conquers all things" is being used as an unofficial motto
OregonAlis volat propriisThe Latin phrase means "She flies with her own wings". It has been Oregon's state motto since 1987. Before that, it was "The Union."
PennsylvaniaVirtue, Liberty and Independence
Rhode IslandHopeRhode Island's motto is the shortest state motto in the USA
South Carolina1) Dum spiro spero
2) animis opibusque parati
1) The Latin phrase means "While I breathe, I hope"
2) The Latin phrase means "prepared in minds and resources"
South DakotaUnder God the people rule
TennesseeAgriculture and CommerceTennessee's state motto has been "Agriculture and Commerce" since 1801 because of the state's large agriculture sector.
TexasFriendshipThe motto was chosen in 1930 because the state name came roughly from a Caddo Indian word translating to "friends."
UtahIndustryThe motto became official in 1959 and was chosen because of its connection with the beehive symbol
VermontFreedom and Unity
VirginiaSic semper tyrannisThe Latin phrase means "Thus always to tyrants"
WashingtonWashington state has never officially adopted a state motto, but it's Territorial Motto, Al-ki is used in its placeThe Chinook word means "By and by"
West VirginiaMontani semper liberiThe Latin phrase means "Mountaineers are always free"
WyomingEqual RightsThe motto was inspired by the fact that Wyoming was the first territory in the U.S. to give women the right to vote.
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California at a glance

Capital Sacramento
Largest city Los Angeles
Nickname The Golden State
Length 760 mi (1,220 km)
Width 250 mi (400 km)
Motto Eureka
Abbreviation CA
Population 39.1 million (Rank: 1)
Pop. Density 251 per sq. mi. (Rank: 11)
97 per sq. km.List
Area 163,696 sq. mi. (Rank: 3)
423,970 sq. km.List
Statehood September 9, 1850
(31st state) List
Median household income $78,700 (Rank: 7)
Mean elevation 2,900 ft. (880 m)
(Rank: 11) List
Highest elevation Mount Whitney
14,505 ft (4,421.0 m) List
Lowest elevation Badwater Basin
−279 ft (−85.0 m) List
Governor Gavin Newsom (D)
U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D)
Alex Padilla (Democrat)
House Of Representatives 53 of (435)
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