The Origin and Meaning of the
The American citizens
who live in, or who come from Virginia, are referred to as
Virginians. The history, origin and meaning of each of the state's nicknames are
The 'Dominion' was a name formerly applied to self-governing parts
of Britain. The Old Dominion nickname originated in Colonial times.
In 1663 King Charles II (1630–1685) elevated Virginia to the
position of dominion along with England, Scotland Ireland.
The Mother of Presidents reflects the large number of Presidents who
were born in the state. The names of these eight U.S.
presidents were George Washington, Thomas
Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Tyler. William Henry
Harrison, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.
Virginia was the first
state to be settled, the lands were absolutely vast and included
present day Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Ohio,
Kentucky and a part of Minnesota. It is therefore not suprising that
another nickname is 'Mother of States.
The Cavalier nickname is another reference to King Charles II who
was supported by gallant and courtly gentleman known as Cavaliers.
The term originated during the English Civil War when the royalist
forces of King Charles I were opposed by the 'Roundheads' the
parliamentarians led by Oliver Cromwell. The name originally meant
an armed horseman, similar to the French chevalier.