The Origin and Meaning of the
The American citizens
who live in, or who come from Washington, are referred to as
The history, origin and meaning of each of the state's nicknames are
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 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.
of Love and Trust
The Love and Trust nickname reflects the nature and characteristics
of the friendly people of Washington.