The Origin and Meaning of the
The American citizens
who live in, or who come from Tennessee, are referred to as
Tennesseans or Tennesseeans.
The history, origin and meaning of each of the state's nicknames are
The official nickname of the Volunteer State alludes to refers to
the War of 1812. The War of 1812 (aka the second war of
independence) was a conflict between the United States and
Great Britain and its allies. Thousands of brave men from Tennessee
volunteered to Governor William Blountís call for enlistment.
Leaders of the war included Andrew Jackson, James Madison and
Zebulon Pike. The Battle of Baltimore, fought in 1814, inspired the
lyrics of "The Star-Spangled Banner" the American national anthem.
of Southwestern Statesmen
The Mother of Southwestern Statesmen is because Tennessee was the
home of three presidents: Andrew Jackson, James Polk, andrew
Johnson and a number of other leaders who served with distinction in
high government office.
Butternut trees are a species of walnut native to the eastern United
States. Butternuts were the nickname given Confederate soldiers who
wore butternut-colored uniforms
The Big Bend nickname is a reference to The Indian name for the
Tennessee River, "The river with the big bend".