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