Vermont State Motto

Motto and Nickname

The Vermont State Motto
The Vermont motto was adopted in 1779 is:

"Freedom and Unity"

The Meaning of the Vermont State Motto
The meaning of the Vermont Motto reflects the historical aspirations and concepts of freedom, justice, independence. and unity. All of these ideals relate to the causes and the history of the American War of Independence (17751783) in which patriots fought freedom from the British monarchy. The ideals of freedom and unity continued during the Civil War (1861-1865). The buck's head symbol displayed on both the flag and the Great Seal was also worn by citizens as a symbol of Vermont identity (called a Vermonters badge) by Vermont's military regiments.

"Freedom and Unity"


The Vermont State Nickname
The Vermont Motto is complimented by a less formal, popular Vermont 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:

Vermont State Nickname List
Official Nickname: Green Mountain State
The Maple State


George Washington


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

The Green Mountain State
The origins of the official nickname of the Green Mountain dates back to 1647 when the French explorer Samuel de Champlain (1574-1635) named the Vermont Mountains "Montagne Vertes". The English speaking colonists and settlers changed the name to Vermont (from 'vert' meaning  green and 'mont' meaning  mountain). But the original meaning of the name was never forgotten.

The Maple State
The Maple nickname is because Vermont is the country's leading producer of maple syrup and is produced from the Sugar Maple tree ( Acer saccharum). The Maple is grown as a source of sugar, which is extracted from the sap producing maple syrup, and also for its hard wood.


Quotes about Vermont
Famous quotes about Vermont include:

"Sugaring season is the season when you tap the trees for sugar that turns into maple syrup. I've married someone from Vermont, so it's an expression I kept hearing...It's the very, very first murmurings of spring."
Quote by Beth Orton

"I represent a rural state and live in a small town. Small merchants make up the majority of Vermont's small businesses and thread our state together. It is the mom-and-pop grocers, farm-supply stores, coffee shops, bookstores and barber shops where Vermonters connect, conduct business and check in on one another"
Quote by Peter Welch


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"Freedom and Unity"
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Official Nickname "Green Mountain State"
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