Florida State Motto

Motto and Nickname

The Florida State Motto
The Florida motto is:

"In God we trust"

The Meaning of the Florida State Motto
The meaning of this famous motto reflects the motto of the seal which was adopted in 1868. The words of the motto echo the increased religious sentiment and patriotic fervor that existed during the American Civil War. the motto was not officially adopted until July 1, 2006.

The American citizens who live in, or who come from Florida, are referred to as Floridians.

"In God we trust"


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

Florida State Nickname List
Official Nickname: Sunshine State
Everglade State
Orange State
The Alligator State

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

Sunshine State
The official nickname is self explanatory and was adopted by legislature in 1970. It reflects the fabulous tropical and sub-tropical weather experienced in the region.

The Everglade State
The Everglades are a natural region of tropical wetlands in the southern lands of this region. The area was originally called "River Glades" and it is believed that early map makers substituted "Ever" for "River" and the name Everglades stuck!

The Alligator State
American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis), are found in the southeast regions of the United States. The American alligators was adopted as the state reptile of Florida in 1987

The Orange State
The climate allows for an abundant crop of oranges used to make the popular Florida orange juice.


The Constitution of Florida
The constitution of Florida establishes the basic rights of Florida's citizens and echoes the words and sentiments of the motto. The preamble (opening) of the constitution is as follows:

"We, the people of the State of Florida, being grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty, in order to secure its benefits, perfect our government, insure domestic tranquility, maintain public order, and guarantee equal civil and political rights to all, do ordain and establish this constitution."

Preamble of the Constitution of Florida


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