The Origin and Meaning of the
The American citizens who live in, or who come from
Mississippi, are referred to as Mississippians.. The history, origin and meaning of each of the state's nicknames are
The official nickname Magnolia alludes to the beautiful flowers that
were after French botanist Pierre Magnol. Magnolia grandiflora is
the official state flower of Mississippi
The Mud-cat is a popular name for the bullhead catfish which is
found in waters of the Mississippi River.
This name derives from the Mississippi Coat of Arms which depicts a
Bald Eagle clasping arrows and an olive branch in its talons. The
eagle represents power and strength and the olive branch, peace.
The Bayou nickname is shared with Louisiana and refers to the many
lowlands in the region that have many bayous along the great
Mississippi River. A bayou is a waterway, such as a creek or small
river, that is a tributary of a larger body of water.