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Washington State Names (Etymology of Names)

Washington Name Etymology and State Nicknames

Pacific Northwest

WA 3D MapWashington is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States located north of Oregon, west of Idaho, and south of the Canadian province of British Columbia on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Washington is the 18th most extensive and the 13th most populous of the 50 United States.

This state is named for George Washington, the first president of the USA.

Washington nicknames

  • Evergreen State (Official)
  • Chinook State
  • The Green Tree State

Origin of Washington State Name

In honor of George Washington.

You guessed it! The Washington Territory established in 1853 was named to honor George Washington.

Washington Nicknames

Evergreen State

On November 11, 1889, Washington became the 42nd state to enter the Union. It is the only state named for a president. Washington was nicknamed "The Evergreen State" by CT Conover, pioneer Seattle realtor and historian, for its abundant evergreen forests. This nickname was adopted by the state in legislature in 1893, was given because of the large fir and pine trees in the state.

Chinook State

Nickname for Chinook Indians, or Chinook salmon, now Oregon's state fish.

The Green Tree State

Nickname referencing the conifer forests of Washington.

Washington Slogans

  • The Evergreen State
  • Experience Washington (formerly)
  • SayWA!

Washington Postal Code

  • WA

Washington Resident's Name

  • Washingtonian - Official (recommended by US GPO)
State Names
State Names & Nicknames
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.
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