The Origin and Meaning of the
The American citizens who live in, or who come from
Michigan, are referred to as Michiganians, Michiganders or
Michiganites.. The history, origin and meaning of each of the state's nicknames are
The official nickname alludes to the magnificent geographical
feature - the Great Lakes. Nearly half of Michigan is
comprised of water and Lake Michigan, is the third largest of the
Great Lakes. It is the largest freshwater lake entirely within the
borders of the United States.
The Mitten State
Michigan takes the "Mitten" nickname from the hand-like mitten glove
shape of the Lower Peninsula.
The "Water Wonderland," slogan is because there are more than 11,000
inland lakes in Michigan which is also bordered by the four of the
Great Lakes. The slogan "Winter Water Wonderland" appeared on
Michigan vehicle license plates in 1954. The slogan was modified to
"Water-Winter Wonderland" in 1965.
Wolverines were never found in Michigan. The Wolverine nickname
derives from the activities of the early fur traders who brought
wolverine skins to trading posts in the region.
The Automotive nickname refers to Michiigan as the world's
traditional automotive center. Detroit was once the famous center of
the American automobile industry and an important source of popular
music celebrated by the Detroits's two familiar nicknames, the Motor
City and Motown.