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The Mississippi State Motto
The Mississippi motto is expressed in Latin as "Virtute et armis" which means:

"By valor and arms"

The Meaning of the Mississippi State Motto
The meaning of this famous motto reflects the concepts of freedom and courage. The motto relates the history of the War of Independence (17751783). The motto was added to the coat of arms and the Great Seal in 1894.

The Mississippi motto is believed to have been inspired by a similar motto of the Wilton's, an English noble family who were most zealous promoters of the revolution that was fought for in the English civil war.

"By valor and arms"


The History of the Mississippi State Motto
The Wilton coat of Arms displays the Latin motto "Virtuti non armis fido" which translates as "I trust in virtue not arms". The members of the Legislature no doubt believed that the change in text was more suited to the history of their state.


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

Mississippi State Nickname List
Official Nickname: Magnolia State
The Mud-cat State
The Eagle State
The Bayou State

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The Origin and Meaning of the Mississippi Nicknames
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 as follows:

The Magnolia State
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 State
The Mud-cat is a popular name for the bullhead catfish which is found in waters of the Mississippi River.

The Eagle State
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 State
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.


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

"We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking his blessing on our work, do ordain and establish this constitution."

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