Arizona State Motto

Motto and Nickname

The Arizona State Motto
The Arizona State motto is expressed in Latin as "Ditat Deus" which means:

"God enriches"

The Meaning of the Arizona State Motto
The meaning of the Motto reflects the deep Christian religious sentiments of the early citizens of the region. The motto first appeared on the Great Seal of Arizona in 1863. The motto was established by the journalist Richard McCormick who was appointed secretary of the Arizona Territory by President Abraham Lincoln. The motto "Ditat Deus" was adopted as the official motto of Arizona in 1912. The American citizens who live in, or who come from Arizona, are referred to as Arizonans.

"God enriches"


The Arizona State Nicknames
The Arizona Motto is complimented by a less formal, popular nickname which, combined with the motto, are highly descriptive of the people, the geography and the history of the territory. The names used as nicknames are:

Arizona State Nickname List
Official Nickname: Grand Canyon State
The Apache State
The Valentine State
The Copper State

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The Origin and Meaning of the Arizona Nicknames
The history, origin and meaning of each of the state's nicknames are as follows:

The Grand Canyon
The spectacular Grand Canyon is situated in the northern part of Arizona in the Grand Canyon National Park, a major tourist attraction of Arizona.

The Copper State
The reference to copper alludes to the rich abundance of metal ore in the region. Copper mining in Arizona has been a major industry since the 19th century and is so important that a copper star is featured in the flag of Arizona.

This origin of this nickname derives from the date of statehood which was February 14, 1912.

Apache State
The name Apache alludes to the Native Indian tribe who inhabited the region. The Apache were members of the Athapaskan people and the indigenous people of the American southwest desert regions. The names of the most famous Apache leaders were Geronimo, Cochise and Victorio.


Quotes about Arizona
Famous quotes about Arizona include:

"Land of extremes. Land of contrasts. Land of surprises. Land of contradictions.... That is Arizona. "
Quote by Federal Writers Project, Arizona: The Grand Canyon State, 1956

"The Grand Canyon is carven deep by the master hand; it is the gulf of silence, widened in the desert; it is all time inscribing the naked rock; it is the book of earth."
Quote by Donald Culross Peattie
The Road of a Naturalist, 1941


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