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The Texas State Motto
The Texas motto was adopted in 1930 and is:


The Meaning of the Texas State Motto
The meaning of this famous motto relates and extends the name of the state. Texas is from the Caddo Indian word "teysha" (meaning "friend" or "allies"). The word friendship reflects the desire to connect with other people and the belief that working together with allies increases the strength of everyone. The state has lived up to the motto embracing trade and Texans show resourcefulness and a willingness to try new ideas and help out friends and strangers alike. The American citizens who live in, or who come from Texas, are referred to as Texans.



The Texas 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:

Texas State Nickname List
Official Nickname: Lone Star State
Remember the Alamo
The Jumbo State

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

The Lone Star State
The Lone Star signifies that Texas as a former independent republic and it also serves as a reminder of the state's struggle for independence from Mexico.

Remember the Alamo
"Remember the Alamo" - this phrase is so important to the state that it is included on the reverse of the seal. It was once the official motto from 1836 to 1845. The Alamo, a mission in San Antonio was the site of a bloody siege in 1836 by Mexican forces under Santa Anna of a handful of American rebels fighting for Texan independence from Mexico. The Texan force of about 180, led by Colonel Jim Bowie and including Davy Crockett, were bombarded by fire in a siege that lasted 13 days. The Texans were nearly all killed but "Remember the Alamo!" became a rallying cry for Texans through the remainder of the war

The Jumbo State
The Jumbo nickname refers to the refers to the large circus elephant that P.T. Barnum had transported from London to the state in 1882. Jumbo became a symbol of anything big and as Texas was the largest state in the Union, it became known as "The Jumbo State".


The Constitution of Texas
The constitution of Texas 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:

"Humbly invoking the blessings of Almighty God, the people of the State of Texas, do ordain and establish this Constitution."

Preamble of the Constitution of Texas


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