The Info List - List Of U.S. State And Territory Mottos

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All of the United States' 50 states have a state motto, as do the District of Columbia
District of Columbia
and three US territories. A motto is a phrase intended to formally describe the general motivation or intention of an organization. State mottos can sometimes be found on state seals or state flags. Some states have officially designated a state motto by an act of the state legislature, whereas other states have the motto only as an element of their seals. The motto of the United States itself is In God We Trust, proclaimed by Congress and signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower
on July 30, 1956.[1] The motto E Pluribus Unum ( Latin
for "One from many") was approved for use on the Great Seal of the United States
United States
in 1782, but was never adopted as the national motto through legislative action. South Carolina
South Carolina
has two official mottos, both of which are in Latin.[2] Kentucky, North Dakota, and Vermont
also have two mottos, one in Latin and the other in English.[3][4] All other states and territories have only one motto, except Guam
and the Northern Mariana Islands, which do not have any mottos.[5][6] English and Latin
are the most-used languages for state mottos, each used by 25 states and territories. Seven states and territories use another language, of which each language is only used once. Eight states and two territories have their mottos on their state quarter; thirty-eight states and four territories have their mottos on their state seals. The dates given are, where possible, the earliest date that the motto was used in an official sense. Some state mottos are not official but are on the official state seal; in these cases the adoption date of the seal is given. The earliest use of a current motto is that of Puerto Rico, Johannes est nomen ejus, granted to the island by the Spanish in 1511.[7]


1 State and territory mottos 2 See also 3 Notes 4 References 5 External links

State and territory mottos[edit]

State/Territory Motto English Translation Language Date Ref.

 Alabama Audemus jura nostra defendere We dare defend our rights! Latin 000000001923-01-01-00001923 [8]

 Alaska North to the future — English 000000001967-01-01-00001967 [9]

 American Samoa Samoa, Muamua Le Atua Samoa, let God be first Samoan 000000001973-01-01-00001973 [10]

 Arizona Ditat Deus God enriches Latin 000000001863-01-01-00001863 [11][12]

 Arkansas Regnat populus The people rule Latin 000000001907-01-01-00001907 [13][N 1]

 California Eureka (Εὕρηκα) I have found it Greek 000000001849-01-01-00001849 [14][N 2]

 Colorado Nil sine numine Nothing without providence. Latin 000000001861-11-06-0000November 6, 1861 [15]

 Connecticut Qui transtulit sustinet He who transplanted sustains Latin 000000001662-10-09-0000October 9, 1662 [16]

 Delaware Liberty and Independence — English 000000001847-01-01-00001847 [17]

 District of Columbia Justitia Omnibus Justice for All Latin 000000001871-08-03-0000August 3, 1871 [18]

 Florida In God We Trust — English 000000001868-01-01-00001868 [19][N 3]

 Georgia Wisdom, Justice, Moderation — English 000000001798-01-01-00001798 [21][22]

 Guam — — — — [5]

 Hawaii Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness. Hawaiian 000000001843-07-31-0000July 31, 1843 [23][24][N 4]

 Idaho Esto perpetua Let it be perpetual Latin 000000001890-01-01-00001890 [25]

 Illinois State sovereignty, national union — English 000000001819-01-01-00001819 [26]

 Indiana The Crossroads of America — English 000000001937-01-01-00001937 [27]

 Iowa Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain — English 000000001847-01-01-00001847 [28]

 Kansas Ad astra per aspera To the stars through difficulties Latin 000000001861-01-01-00001861 [29]

 Kentucky United we stand, divided we fall Deo gratiam habeamus

Let us be grateful to God English Latin 000000001942-01-01-00001942 2002 [3]

 Louisiana Union, justice, confidence — English 000000001902-01-01-00001902 [30]

 Maine Dirigo I lead Latin 000000001820-01-01-00001820 [31]

 Maryland Fatti maschii, parole femine Manly deeds, womanly words Italian 000000001874-01-01-00001874 [32][33]

 Massachusetts Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty Latin 000000001775-01-01-00001775 [34]

 Michigan Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you Latin 000000001835-06-02-0000June 2, 1835 [35][36]

 Minnesota L'étoile du Nord The star of the North French 000000001861-01-01-00001861 [37][N 5]

 Mississippi Virtute et armis By valor and arms Latin 000000001894-02-07-0000February 7, 1894 [38]

 Missouri Salus populi suprema lex esto Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law Latin 000000001822-01-11-0000January 11, 1822 [39]

 Montana Oro y plata Gold and silver Spanish 000000001865-02-09-0000February 9, 1865 [40]

 Nebraska Equality before the law — English 000000001867-01-01-00001867 [41]

 Nevada All For Our Country — English 000000001866-02-24-0000February 24, 1866 [42][N 6]

 New Hampshire Live Free or Die — English 000000001945-01-01-00001945 [43]

 New Jersey Liberty and prosperity — English 000000001928-03-26-0000March 26, 1928 [44]

 New Mexico Crescit eundo It grows as it goes Latin 000000001887-01-01-00001887 [45][N 7]

 New York Excelsior Ever upward Latin 000000001778-01-01-00001778 [46]

 North Carolina Esse quam videri To be, rather than to seem Latin 000000001893-01-01-00001893 [47]

  North Dakota Liberty and union, now and forever, one and inseparable Serit ut alteri saeclo prosit

One sows for the benefit of another age English Latin 000000001863-01-03-0000January 3, 1863 000000002011-03-11-0000March 11, 2011 [48][49] [50]

 Northern Mariana Islands — — — — [6]

 Ohio With God, all things are possible — English 000000001959-10-01-0000October 1, 1959 [51][N 8]

 Oklahoma Labor omnia vincit Labor conquers all things Latin 000000001893-03-10-0000March 10, 1893 [53][N 9]

 Oregon Alis volat propriis She flies with her own wings Latin 000000001854-01-01-00001854 [56][N 10]

 Pennsylvania Virtue, liberty, and independence — English 000000001875-01-01-00001875 [57]

 Puerto Rico Joannes Est Nomen Eius John is his name Latin 000000001511-01-01-00001511 [7][58][N 11]

 Rhode Island Hope — English 000000001664-05-04-0000May 4, 1664 [59]

 South Carolina Dum spiro spero Animis opibusque parati While I breathe, I hope Ready in soul and resource Latin 000000001777-05-22-0000May 22, 1777 [2]

 South Dakota Under God the people rule — English 000000001885-01-01-00001885 [60]

 Tennessee Agriculture and Commerce — English 000000001802-05-24-0000May 24, 1802 [61][N 12]

 Texas Friendship — English 000000001930-01-01-00001930 [62]

 Utah Industry

English 000000001896-05-03-0000May 3, 1896 [63][N 13]

 Vermont Freedom and Unity Stella quarta decima fulgeat

May the fourteenth star shine bright English Latin 000000001779-02-20-0000February 20, 1779 000000002015-04-10-0000April 10, 2015 [65][66][67]

 Virginia Sic semper tyrannis Thus always to tyrants Latin 000000001776-01-01-00001776 [68]

 Virgin Islands United in Pride and Hope — English 000000001991-01-01-0000January 1, 1991 [69]

 Washington Al-ki By and by Chinook Jargon — [70][N 14]

 West Virginia Montani semper liberi Mountaineers are always free Latin 000000001863-09-26-0000September 26, 1863 [71]

 Wisconsin Forward — English 000000001851-01-01-00001851 [72]

 Wyoming Equal Rights — English 000000001893-01-01-00001893 [73]

See also[edit]

List of U.S. state
U.S. state


^ The motto was originally designated as Regnant populi in 1864. It was changed to Regnat populus
Regnat populus
in 1907.[13] ^ Eureka first appeared on the state seal in 1849. It was designated the official motto in 1963.[14] ^ "In God We Trust" first appeared on the state seal in 1868. It was designated the official motto in 2006.[19][20] ^ The motto of Hawaii
was first used by King Kamehameha III
Kamehameha III
in 1843, after his restoration. In May 1845 it first appeared on the coat of arms of the Kingdom of Hawaii. It was made the official motto of the State of Hawaii
on May 1, 1959.[24] ^ The unofficial motto of the Minnesota
Territory was Quae sursum volo videre, I long to see what is beyond, chosen in 1849.[37] ^ The unofficial motto of the Nevada
Territory was Volens et Potens, Willing and Able, which was on the territorial seal approved on November 29, 1861. This was changed to the current motto after statehood.[42] ^ Crescit eundo
Crescit eundo
was added to the territorial seal in 1882. Ths change was officially adopted by the legislature in 1887.[45] ^ From 1866 to 1868, the motto Imperium in Imperio ( Latin
for "Empire within an Empire") appeared on the state seal.[52] ^ Labor omnia vincit
Labor omnia vincit
was on the territorial seal of 1893.[54] It was specified as a feature of the seal in the 1907 State Constitution.[55] ^ The motto of Oregon
was "The Union" from 1957 until 1987, when the original 1854 motto of Alis volat propriis
Alis volat propriis
was restored.[56] ^ The Spanish Crown gave Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
its coat of arms in 1511. The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
officially adopted it on March 9, 1905.[7] ^ The words "Agriculture" and "Commerce" appeared on the first state seal of 1802. "Agriculture and Commerce" was made the official state motto in 1987.[61] ^ "Industry" first appeared on the state seal of 1896. It was designated the official motto on March 4, 1959.[64] ^ The motto of Washington is the only one to be fully unofficial. It is neither on the seal nor designated by the state legislature.


^ "History of 'In God we Trust'". U.S. Treasury. Archived from the original on 2009-02-28. Retrieved 2009-02-27.  ^ a b "Seals, Flags, House & Senate Emblems". State of South Carolina. Retrieved 2009-04-10.  ^ a b "Kentucky's State Symbols". Commonwealth of Kentucky. 2008-01-29. Archived from the original on 2008-12-22. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  The Latin
motto was adopted by HB 857 and is defined by KRS 2.105. ^ "State Coat of Arms". State of North Dakota. Retrieved 2016-10-02.  ^ a b Shearer 24 ^ a b Shearer 23 ^ a b c "Escudo de Puerto Rico" (in Spanish). Government of Puerto Rico. Retrieved 2011-04-10.  ^ "Official Alabama
Motto". Alabama
Emblems, Symbols and Honors. Alabama
Department of Archives & History. February 13, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-06.  ^ "State Symbols". State of Alaska. Archived from the original on July 18, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  ^ Sorensen, Stan; Theroux, Joseph. "The Samoan Historical Calendar, 1607-2007" (PDF). American Samoa
American Samoa
Government. p. 57. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-06-26. Retrieved 2009-03-07.  ^ " Arizona
State Seal". State of Arizona. Archived from the original on 2009-06-10. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  ^ "History of the Arizona
State Seal". Arizona
Secretary of State. Archived from the original on 2009-02-11. Retrieved 2009-02-10.  ^ a b "The Great Seal of Arkansas" (PDF). State of Arkansas. Retrieved 2009-02-14.  ^ a b "History and Culture - State Symbols". State of California. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  ^ " Colorado
State Archives Symbols & Emblems". State of Colorado. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  ^ "Sites, Seals & Symbols". State of Connecticut. June 9, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-14.  ^ " Delaware
Facts and Symbols". State of Delaware. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  ^ "About DC". District of Columbia. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  ^ a b Shearer 30 ^ "What is the state motto of Florida?". State of Florida. Archived from the original on 2012-07-19. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  ^ "State Seal". State of Georgia. Archived from the original on 2014-05-24. Retrieved 2009-02-14.  ^ "Georgia State Symbols". State of Georgia. Retrieved 2009-04-10.  ^ "Hawaii, the Aloha State". State of Hawaii. 2009-01-14. Retrieved 2009-03-02.  ^ a b " Hawaii
State Motto". NETSTATE.COM. Retrieved 2009-02-15.  ^ "Idaho's State Motto" (PDF). Idaho
State Historical Society. March 1970. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  ^ "Seal of the State of Illinois". State of Illinois. Archived from the original on 2009-01-31. Retrieved 2009-02-15.  ^ "Emblems" (PDF). State of Indiana. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  ^ " Iowa
State Symbols". State of Iowa. Archived from the original on 2010-04-30. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  ^ " Kansas
Seal". State of Kansas. Archived from the original on January 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  ^ "Kids' Page". State of Louisiana. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  ^ "Emblems". State of Maine. Archived from the original on 2009-05-10. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  ^ " Maryland
State Seal - Great Seal of Maryland
(reverse)". Maryland State Archives. State of Maryland. April 21, 2005. Retrieved 2009-02-14.  ^ " Maryland
State Seal - Great Seal of Maryland". Maryland
State Archives. State of Maryland. June 17, 2004. Retrieved 2009-02-14.  ^ " Massachusetts
Facts". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2009-02-10.  ^ "History of the Great Seal". State of Michigan. Retrieved 2009-02-14.  ^ "State Motto". State of Michigan. Retrieved 22 August 2010.  ^ a b " Minnesota
State Symbols". State of Minnesota. Retrieved 2009-03-02.  ^ "State of Mississippi
Symbols". State of Mississippi. Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-10.  ^ "The Great Seal of Missouri". State of Missouri. Retrieved 2009-02-10.  ^ "About the State Seal". State of Montana. Archived from the original on 2009-02-05. Retrieved 2009-02-10.  ^ "State Seal". State of Nebraska. Retrieved 2009-02-10.  ^ a b " Nevada
Information". State of Nevada. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-01-30. Retrieved 2009-02-10.  ^ "State Emblem". New Hampshire
New Hampshire
Almanac. State of New Hampshire. Retrieved 2009-02-10.  ^ "The Great Seal of the State of New Jersey". State of New Jersey. Archived from the original on 2009-01-15. Retrieved 2009-02-10.  ^ a b "Great Seal of New Mexico". State of New Mexico. Retrieved 2009-02-10.  ^ "New York State Flag and Great Seal of the State of New York". State of New York. March 31, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-10.  ^ "The State Symbols". State Library of North Carolina. State of North Carolina. 2009-01-22. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  ^ "State Motto". State of North Dakota. Retrieved 2009-02-10.  ^ Kingsbury, George. History of Dakota Territory (1915). Retrieved from the Internet Archive 12 May 2014. ^ "House Bill No. 1346". State of North Dakota. Retrieved 2013-02-27.  ^ "5.06 State motto". LAW Writer Ohio
Laws and Rules. State of Ohio. Retrieved 2009-02-10.  ^ "Great Seal of Ohio". Ohio
History. Ohio
Historical Society. Retrieved 2011-04-10.  ^ Everett, Diana. "State Emblems". Encyclopedia of Oklahoma
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Historical Society. Archived from the original on 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2009-06-05.  ^ "Grand Seal of the Territory of Oklahoma" (PDF). Chronicles of Oklahoma. Oklahoma
State University. Retrieved 2009-06-05.  ^ "History of Oklahoma
Emblems" (PDF). Chronicles of Oklahoma. Oklahoma
State University. Retrieved 2009-06-05.  ^ a b "State Motto
Timeline". State of Oregon. Archived from the original on 2007-08-10. Retrieved 2009-02-10.  ^ "Symbols". Pennsylvania
Historical and Museum Commission. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Archived from the original on 2009-01-22. Retrieved 2009-02-10.  ^ "Description". Welcome to Puerto Rico. March 16, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-10.  ^ "State Symbols". State of Rhode Island. Retrieved 2009-02-10.  ^ "Signs and Symbols of South Dakota". State of South Dakota. Archived from the original on 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2009-02-10.  ^ a b " Tennessee
Symbols And Honors" (PDF). Tennessee
Blue Book. State of Tennessee. Retrieved 2009-02-10.  ^ " Texas
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State Library. Retrieved 2009-02-10.  ^ "Great Seal of the State of Utah". State of Utah. Archived from the original on 2009-03-31. Retrieved 2009-04-05.  ^ " Utah
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and Emblem". State of Utah. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  ^ "491. Coat of arms; crest; motto and badge". The Vermont
Statutes Online. State of Vermont. Retrieved 2015-04-10.  ^ "S.2" (PDF). Vermont
Legislature.  ^ Thurston, Jack (10 April 2015). "After Confusion and Controversy, Vermont
Gets New Latin
Motto". NECN. Retrieved 11 April 2015.  ^ "State Symbols, Seals and Emblems". Commonwealth of Virginia. November 12, 2008. Archived from the original on January 15, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-10.  ^ "Legislative Seal". Legislature of the Virgin Islands. Archived from the original on 2008-12-16. Retrieved 2009-02-15.  ^ "Symbols of Washington State". Washington State Legislature. Archived from the original on 2007-03-05. Retrieved 2007-03-11.  ^ "State Seal of West Virginia". State of West Virginia. Retrieved 2009-02-14.  ^ " Wisconsin
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Works cited

Shearer, Benjamin F.; Shearer, Barbara S. (2002). State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols (3 ed.). Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-313-31534-3. Retrieved 2009-02-15. 

External links[edit]

Mottoes of the 50 States from Netstate.com State mottos from State Symbols USA

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