Maryland State Symbols

Maryland State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Maryland Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Located on the northern border of Washington, DC, the nation's capital, Maryland houses more than 350 biotechnology firms, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and US Food and Drug Administration. Maryland is also a hub for the nation's health care technology. During their free time, students can enjoy Maryland's seafood, beaches, and numerous historic sites.

Maryland is one of the original 13 states to join the Union (in 1788). Maryland is located in the middle of the Eastern Seaboard. It's believed that Lord Baltimore, who received a charter for the land in 1632, named the state after Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of King Charles I. The Mason and Dixon line was drawn in the 1760s to settle a dispute between the Penn and Calvert families. In addition to marking the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland, it is the traditional boundary between the North and the South. Maryland is known as the "Free State"; its state fish is the rockfish - striped bass (Morone saxatilis) ; and its capital is Annapolis, home of the US Naval Academy.

Maryland State Symbols contains descriptions and pictures of the state symbols, emblems, and mascots of the state, which can be quickly accessed. This resource guide represents many of Maryland state facts such as Maryland state symbols, the state flower, the state gemstone, the state insect, the state tree, the state bird, the state animal, the state flag that flies over Maryland, and the capital, as well as many more symbols, emblems, and mascots.

Maryland State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots


Symbol Name - (Species)

Bird Baltimore Oriole
(Icterus galbula)
Boat Skipjack
Cat Calico Cat
(Felis catus)
Crustacean Blue Crab
(Callinectes sapidus Rathbun)
Dinosaur Sauropod Dinosaur
(Astrodon johnstoni)
Dessert Smith Island Cake
Dog Chesapeake Bay Retriever 
(Ursus familiaris)
Drink Milk
Exercise Walking
Fish Rockfish - Striped Bass
(Morone saxatilis)
Flag State Flag
Flower The Black-Eyed Susan
(Rudbeckia hirta)
Folk Dance Square Dance
Fossil Shell Extinct Snail
(Ecphora gardnerae gardnerae)
Gem Patuxent River Stone
Horse Thoroughbred Horse
(Equus caballus)
Insect Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly 
(Euphydryas phaeton)
Motto Fatti maschii parole femine
(manly deeds, womanly words" or "strong deeds, gentle words)
Nicknames Nicknames
Quarter Maryland State Quarter
Reptile Diamondback Terrapin
(Malaclemys terrapin)
Seal Great Seal
Song "Maryland, My Maryland,"
Written by James Ryder Randall
Sport Jousting
Summer Theatre Olney Theatre
Team Sport Lacrosse
Theatre Center Stage
Tree White Oak
(Fagaceae Quercus alba)
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