Oregon State Motto

Motto and Nickname

The Oregon State Motto
The Oregon motto is expressed in Latin as "Alis volat propriis" which means:

"She flies with her own wings"

The Meaning of the Oregon State Motto
The Oregon motto was originally adopted in 1843 and was then replaced with the motto "The Union" during the American Civil War. The  original motto was re-established in 1987 as the legislature felt it better reflected the independent spirit of Oregon meaning that objectives and goals could be achieved without expecting help from others.

"She flies with her own wings"



The Oregon State Nickname
The motto is complimented by a less formal, popular 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:

Oregon State Nickname List
Official Nickname: Beaver State
Union State
The Hard-case State
The Wet-foot State

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

The Beaver State
The official nickname of the Beaver is also the official state animal and can weigh up to 65 pounds and measure up to four feet in length. The beaver was extremely important to the economy of the pioneering days of Oregon when the beaver was at the heart of the fur trade in the Northwest. 

The Union State
The Union nickname reflects the motto of the state.

The Hard-case State
The Hard-case nickname relates to the difficulties and hard times experienced by the first pioneers and settlers of the region who ventured west on the Oregon Trail in their covered wagons. The Oregon Trail was a 2,000-mile (3,200 km) route for wagon trains that connected the Missouri River to valleys in Oregon. The journey was long, hard and extremely dangerous.

The Wet-foot State
The Wet-foot nickname is a reference to high levels of rainfall - average rainfall varies from 40-180 inches of rain per year.


The Constitution of Oregon
The constitution of Oregon 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 Oregon to the end that Justice be established, order maintained, and liberty perpetuated, do ordain this Constitution."

Preamble of the Constitution of Oregon


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