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Florida Name Etymology and State Nicknames
Florida is a state in the southeastern region of the United States, bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the north by Alabama and Georgia, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the south by the Straits of Florida. Florida is the 22nd most extensive, the 4th most populous, and the 8th most densely populated of the 50 United States.
Origin of Florida State Name
Florida was named for the day on which it was discovered (April 2, 1513) by Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon, who called it La Florida in honor of Pascua Florida, the Spanish Feast of the Flowers (Easter.)
Six days after Easter in 1513, the Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León landed near what is now the city of Saint Augustine. In honor of the holiday and the area's plant life, he named the land Florida for the Spanish phrase for the Easter season, pascua florida (“feast of flowers”). The name is the oldest surviving European place-name in the U.S.
"Sunshine State" was adopted as the State Nickname by the 1970 Legislature.
"Sunshine State" was adopted as the State Nickname by the 1970 Legislature. Previously, official sanction for this nickname could be inferred from the law requiring use of Sunshine State on motor vehicle licenses. Florida is the Sunshine State because of the vast amount of sunshine it receives.
Source: Florida Handbook, 1997-1998, by Allen Morris.
The Peninsula State
At one time, back in the 1860s, Florida was known as The Peninsula State, for obvious reasons
The Everglades State
Later in the 19th century, it also became known as The Everglades State.
The Orange State and The Citrus State
Florida is a large producer of oranges which led the state to be known as The Orange State (and in one reference, The Citrus State)
The Flower State
The meaning of the state's name ("flowery") led to The Flower State.
The Gulf State
Its location on the east of the Gulf of Mexico led to The Gulf State
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Florida Resident's Name
The etymologies of some US state names are more obvious than others, derived from the Spanish or French tongue. Though, more than half of the US state names come from Native American tribal languages, with several still a mystery to scholars and historians.