Nevada State Motto

Motto and Nickname

The Nevada State Motto
The Nevada motto is part of the flag and the Great Seal and was adopted in 1886:

"All for our country"

The Meaning of the Nevada State Motto
The meaning of this famous motto reflects the patriotic fervor of the people of Nevada. The words echoe the aspirations and concepts of freedom, justice and independence. The motto also reflects the history of the War of Independence (17751783) and the part Nevada played in the American Civil War (1861-1865). Mark Twain famously said "Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it!" which seems to reflect the straight-talking people of Nevada.

"All for our country"


The Nevada State Nickname
The Nevada Motto is complimented by a less formal, popular Nevada 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:

Nevada State Nickname List
Official Nickname: Silver State
Battle-Born State
Sagebrush and the Sagehen State
The Mining and Silver State

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The Origin and Meaning of the Nevada Nicknames
The American citizens who live in, or who come from Nevada, are referred to as Nevadans. The history, origin and meaning of each of the state's nicknames are as follows:

The Silver State
The official nickname Silver State together with the Mining name alludes to the importance of the silver mining industry to the history and economy of Nevada.

The Battle-Born State
The Battle-Born nickname refers to the birth of statehood in Nevada. Statehood was achieved during the Civil War in 1864 which helped to bolster the pro-Union cause in the presidential election. Nevada predominantly supported the Union cause, although support for the north was not unanimous. So the "Battle Born" name reflects the conflict of the American Civil War (1861-1865).

The Sagebrush State and the Sagehen State
The sagebrush is Nevada's state flower and is one of the main ingredients of the diet of the Sagehen. The sagehen, aka sage-grouse, are the largest grouse in North America. The sagehen is a popular game bird having a plump body and feathered legs and feet


The Constitution of Nevada
The constitution of Nevada 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 the State of Nevada Grateful to Almighty God for our freedom in order to secure its blessings, insure domestic tranquility, and form a more perfect Government, do establish this Constitution."

Preamble of the Constitution of Nevada


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