Oklahoma State Symbols

Oklahoma State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Oklahoma Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Oklahoma is a major producer of natural gas, oil, and agriculture, Oklahoma's primary industries include aviation, energy, telecommunications, and biotechnology. With small mountain ranges, prairies, and forests, most of Oklahoma lies in the Great Plains. Students can learn how western ranchers, Native American tribes, southern settlers, and eastern oil barons have created the state's distinct identity.

The name Oklahoma comes from two Choctaw Indian words, okla, which means "people," and humma, which means "red." In 1889, Congress opened up 2 million acres for white settlement (it was previously open only to Native Americans who were forced to leave their homelands), and the first of a number of land runs began. Some of the Oklahoma's settlers were called "Sooners" because they had already staked their land claims before the land was officially opened for settlement. Oklahoma was admitted as the 46th state in 1907. Oklahoma's capital is an easy one to remember--Oklahoma City. The state floral emblem is the mistletoe (Phoradendron serotinum), a favorite for kissing under during the winter holidays.

Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma state facts such as Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma, and the capital, as well as many more symbols, emblems, and mascots.

Oklahoma State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots


Symbol Name - (Species)

Amphibian Bull Frog
(Rana catesbeiana)
Animal Bison
(Bison bison)
Anthem (Song) "Oklahoma!"
Balladeer Les Gilliam
Beverage Milk
Bird Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
(Muscivora forficata)
Butterfly Black Swallowtail
(Papilio polyxenes)
Cartoon Character GUSTY®
Children Song "Oklahoma, My Native Land"
Colors Green and White
Country & Western Song "Faded Love"
Cowboy Poet Laureate Francine Roark Robison
Crystal Hourglass Selenite Crystal
Dinosaur Acrocanthosaurus atokensis
Fish White Bass, also called Sand Bass
(Morone chrysops)
Flag State Flag
Floral Emblem Mistletoe
(Phoradendron serotinum)
Flower Oklahoma Rose
Flying mammal Mexican free-tailed bat
Folk Dance Square Dance
Folk Song "Oklahoma Hills"
Fossil Saurophaganax Maximus
Fruit Strawberry
Furbearing Animal Racoon
(Procyon Lotor)
Game Animal White-tail deer
(Odocoileus Virginians)
Game Bird Wild Turkey
(Meleagris gallopavo)
Gospel Song Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"
composed and written by Wallis Willis
Grass Indian Grass
(Sorghastrum nutans)
Insect Honeybee  
(Apis millifera)
Land run song "The Oklahoma Run,"
composed by Harold Fletcher
Meal Fried okra, squash, cornbread, barbecue pork, biscuits, sausage and gravy, grits, corn, strawberries, chicken fried steak, pecan pie, and black-eyed peas.
Motto Labor Omnia Vincit
(Labor Conquers All Things.)
Musical Instrument Fiddle
Okie caricature artist Teresa Farrington
Nicknames "Sooner State"
Percussive Musical Instrument Drum
Pin "OK"
Poem "Howdy Folks"
Poet Laureate Francine Ringold

Appointed by the Governor for a period of two years, appointment made by January 1 of every odd year.

Quarter Oklahoma State Quarter
Reptile Mountain Boomer or Collared Lizard
(Crotaphytus collaris)
Rock Rose Rock
(Barite rose)
Rock song (Former) "Do You Realize??" by the Flaming Lips (By proclamation of Goveronor Brad Henry)
Salute to the Flag Salute to the Flag
Seal Great Seal
Soil Port Silt Loam
(Cumulic haplustolls)
Tartan Oklahoma Tartan
Theatre Lynn Riggs Players of Oklahoma, Inc.
Tree Redbud
(Cercis canadensis)


Vietnam war memorial
Waltz "Oklahoma Wind"
Western Band The Sounds of the Southwest
Wildfower Indian Blanket
(Gaillardia pulchella)
Wood Capital of Oklahoma Oklahoma Forest Heritage Center Museum, located in Beavers Bend State Park
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