The Origin and Meaning of the
New Jersey Nicknames
The American citizens
who live in, or who come from New Jersey, are referred to as New
Jerseyites or New Jerseyans.
The history, origin and meaning of each of the state's nicknames are
The official nickname of the Garden State because of the productive
farmland that also ranks high in the production of most garden
vegetables together with fruits such as blueberries and cranberries,
and the orchards of peach trees. The largest industry is chemicals,
but this hardly has the pretty ring of the Garden nickname!
The Camden & Amboy nickname dates back to the time of the first
railroads in particular the Camden & Amboy railway which was
chartered on February 4, 1830 and was the first railroad to operate
in the region. The 'John Bull' was the name of the ten ton engine
which was shipped from England.
Crossroads of the American Revolution
The Crossroads of the American Revolution refers to the 296
conflicts and battles fought in the region during the Revolutionary
War of Independence (1775–1783). "Military Capital of the
Revolution" was another, similar nickname. The names of the most
famous battles fought in New Jersey were the Battles of Fort Lee,
Millstone, Bound Brook, Short Hills, Monmouth and the infamous
The Clam nickname is a reference to the clams from the Atlantic and
those caught in the Delaware Bay area.