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US Official State Mottos

The National Motto and Mottos of the Fifty-States

What your Motto? US Official State Mottos

A motto (from the Italian word motto, meaning witticism, sentence) is a phrase meant to formally describe the general motivation or intention of a social group or organization. A motto may be in any language, but Latin is the most used. The local language is usual in the mottos of governments.

All of the United States' 50 states have a state motto, as do the District of Columbia and three US territories. A motto is a phrase meant 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 on July 30, 1956. The motto E Pluribus Unum (Latin for "One from many") was approved for use on the Great Seal of the United States in 1782, but was never adopted as the national motto through legislative action.

South Carolina has two official mottos, both of which are in Latin. Kentucky and North Dakota also have two mottos, one in Latin and the other in English. All other states and territories have only one motto, except Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, which do not have any mottos. English and Latin are the most-used languages for state mottos, used by 25 and 24 states and territories, respectively. 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.

State Mottos of the Fifty-States

Motto Histories

State Mottos Listing

Alabama Motto
Mar 14, 1939
"Audemus jura nostra defendere"
(We Dare Maintain Our Rights)
(We Dare Defend Our Rights)
Alaska Motto
"North to the Future"
Arizona Motto
"Ditat Deus"
(God enriches)
Arkansas Motto
"Regnat populus"
(The people rule)
California Motto
(I have found it)
Colorado Motto
"Nil Sine Numine"
(Nothing Without the Deity)
Connecticut Motto
"Qui Transtulit Sustinet"
(He Who Transplanted Still Sustains)
Delaware Motto
"Liberty and Independence"
DC Motto
"Justitia Omnibus"
(Justice to all)
Florida Motto
1868; Jul 1, 2006
"In God We Trust"
Georgia Motto
1799; 1914; 1776
1."Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation"
2. "Agriculture and commerce"
Hawaii Motto
"Ua mau ke ea o ka aina I ka pono"
(The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness)
Idaho Motto
"Esto Perpetua"
(Let it be Perpetual)
Illinois Motto
1818; 1868
"Sovereignty; National Union"
Indiana Motto
"The Crossroads of America"
Iowa Motto
"Our Liberties We Prize and Our Rights We Will Maintain"
Kansas Motto
May 25, 1861
"Ad astra per aspera"
(To the Stars Through Difficulties)
Kentucky Motto
Dec 20, 1792
1. "United We Stand, Divided We Fall"
Kentucky Latin Motto
2. "Deo gratiam habeamus"
(Let us be grateful to God)
Louisiana Motto
Apr 30, 1902.
"Union, Justice, and Confidence"
Maine Motto
(I lead)
Maryland Motto
"Fatti maschii parole femine"
(manly deeds, womanly words) or (strong deeds, gentle words)
Massachusetts Motto
"Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem"
(By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty)
Michigan Motto
"Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice"
(If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.)
Minnesota Motto
"L'Etoile du nord "
(The star of the north)
Mississippi Motto
"Virtute et armis"
(By valor and arms)
Missouri Motto
"Salus populi suprema lex esto"
(The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law)
Montana Motto
"Oro y Plata"
(gold and silver)
Nebraska Motto
"Equality before the law"
Nevada Motto
"All for Our Country"
New Hampshire Motto
"Live Free or Die"

New Jersey Motto
"Liberty and Prosperity"
New Mexico Motto
"Crescit eundo"
(It grows as it goes)
New York Motto
North Carolina Motto
"Esse quam videri"
(To be, rather than to seem)
North Dakota Motto
"Liberty and Union Now and Forever;
One and Inseparable
(Serit ut alteri saeclo prosit)
Ohio Motto
"With God all things are possible"

Oklahoma Motto
"Labor Omnia Vincit"
(Labor Conquers All Things)
Oregon Motto
"She Flies with Her Own Wings"
Pennsylvania Motto
"Virtue, Liberty, and Independence"
Rhode Island Motto "Hope"
South Carolina Motto
"Animis Opibusque Parati"
(Prepared in mind and resources)

 "Dum Spiro Spero"
(While I breathe, I hope)

South Dakota Motto
"Liberty and Union Now and Forever; One and Inseparable"
Tennessee Motto
"Agriculture and Commerce"
Texas Motto

Utah Motto

Vermont Motto
"Freedom and Unity"
Virginia Motto
"Sic Semper Tyrannis"
(Thus Always to Tyrants)
Washington Motto "Al-ki" or "Alki"
bye and bye)
West Virginia Motto
"Montani semper liberi"
Mountaineers are always free)
Wisconsin Motto

Wyoming Motto
"Equal Rights"
United States Motto
"In God We Trust"
Mottos of the States
Motto: "United we stand, divided we fall" is a phrase that has been used in mottos, from nations and states to songs. The basic concept is that unless the people are united, they will be defeated. It is often used in the abbreviated form United we stand
State motto is a word, phrase, or sentence inscribed on or attached to a coin, building, or other object. The motto states an important idea for a group of people within the state.
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