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.