The Origin and Meaning of the
North Dakota Nicknames
The American citizens
who live in, or who come from North Dakota, are referred to as North
The history, origin and meaning of each of the state's nicknames are
The official nickname of the Peace Garden State is dedicated to
peace alludes to the commemoration of the International Peace Garden
on North Dakota's border with Manitoba, Canada - the world’s longest
unfortified border. The International Peace Garden was dedicated on
July 14, 1932.
The Flickertail nickname relates to the cute Richardson Ground
Squirrel (Spermophilus richardsonii) that cheerfully flicks its tail
whilst running and just before entering its borrow.
The Rough Riders were members of the 1st Volunteer Cavalry regiment
in the Spanish-American War who were organized and led by Theodore
Roosevelt. Rough Riders are also a term used to describe skilled
riders who break untrained horses.
The Land of
the Dakotas" or "The Sioux State"
The Land of the Dakotas" or "The Sioux State" is a
direct reference to the tribes of Native American Indians who
inhabited the area who were also referred to as the Lakota or Dakota
Sioux. The names of a famous Sioux leaders were Red Cloud, Sitting
Bull and Crazy Horse.