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The Washington State Motto
The Washington motto is expressed in Chinook as "Al-ki" which means:

"By and by"

The Meaning of the Washington State Motto
The meaning of this famous motto is at some eventual time in the future. It represents the qualities of both patience and determination and the optimistic belief of hope in the future. The  motto expressed as 'ALKI' first appeared on the Washington Territory Seal (18531889). The seal displayed an image of the Goddess of Hope with an anchor at her feet. The anchor also symbolizes hope and is a Biblical reference to Hebrews 6:19 which states "We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, firm and secure... "

"By and by"


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

Washington State Nickname List
Official Nickname: Evergreen State
Chinook State
Love and Trust

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

The Evergreen State
The official nickname of Evergreen was adopted by state Legislature in 1893 and alludes to the trees and plants that retain their green leaves and foliage through the winter and into the following summer or through several years. Green is the dominant color on the seal and the flag.

The Chinook State
The Chinook nickname is a reference to the ChinookNorth American Indian people who lived in Plankhouses and controlled the mouth of the Columbia river flows through Washington state. The Chinooks were famous as fishers and traders of salmon, canoes and shells.

The State of Love and Trust
The Love and Trust nickname reflects the nature and characteristics of the friendly people of Washington.


The Constitution of Washington
The constitution of Washington 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 Washington, grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this constitution."

Preamble of the Constitution of Washington


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