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An Ultimate Alphabetical List of U.S. State and Territory Mottos

An Alphabetical List of U.S. State and Territory Mottos
In the U.S., all states have a motto, and each motto has a meaning. ScienceStruck furnishes you with both, the motto and the meaning of the 50 states and 5 inhabited territories of the United States.
Vibhav Gaonkar
Last Updated: Mar 26, 2018
Quick Fact
Three states, South Carolina, Kentucky, and North Dakota have two official mottos; whereas the territory of Northern Mariana Islands doesn't have one at all.
A motto is basically a sentence or a phrase that encompasses the ideas and beliefs of an institution or entity. The United States of America comprises 50 states, federal district of Washington D.C., and 14 territories out of which only 6 are inhabited. All the states and territories have their unique flags, seals, and the state mottoes. They also have nicknames which have been coined from their respective local cultures, history, economic and political background, and natural resources. The motto of the United States of America is "In God We Trust".

A lot of these mottos have been derived from the languages of Latin, Greek, Samoan, Spanish, Hawaiian, and English of course. Go through the following list of mottos and their respective meanings.
List of U.S. State Mottos
Alabama
Alabama state flag and map
Motto: "Audemus jura nostra defendere"
Meaning: We dare defend our rights
Alaska
Alaska state flag and map
Motto: "North to the future"
Meaning: - - -
Arizona
Arizona state flag and map
Motto: "Ditat Deus"
Meaning: God enriches
Arkansas
Arkansas state flag and map
Motto: "Regnat populus"
Meaning: The people rule
California
California state flag and map
Motto: "Eureka (εὕρηκα heúrēka)"
Meaning: I have found it
Colorado
Colorado state flag and map
Motto: "Nil sine numine"
Meaning: Nothing without providence
Connecticut
Connecticut state flag and map
Motto: "Qui transtulit sustinet"
Meaning: He who transplanted sustains
Delaware
Delaware state flag and map
Motto: "Liberty and Independence"
Meaning: - - -
Florida
Florida state flag and map
Motto: "In God We Trust"
Meaning: - - -
Georgia
Georgia state flag and map
Motto: "Wisdom, Justice, Moderation"
Meaning: - - -
Hawaii
Hawaii state flag and map
Motto: "Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono"
Meaning: The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness
Idaho
Idaho state flag and map
Motto: "Esto perpetua"
Meaning: Let it be perpetual
Illinois
Illinois state flag and map
Motto: "State Sovereignty, National Union"
Meaning: - - -
Indiana
Indiana state flag and map
Motto: "The Crossroads of America"
Meaning: - - -
Iowa
Iowa state flag and map
Motto: "Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain"
Meaning: - - -
Kansas
Kansas state flag and map
Motto: "Ad astra per aspera"
Meaning: To the stars through difficulties
Kentucky
Kentucky state flag and map
Motto: "United we stand, divided we fall"
"Deo gratiam habeamus"
Meaning: Let us be grateful to God
Louisiana
Louisiana state flag and map
Motto: "Union, justice, confidence"
Meaning: - - -
Maine
Maine state flag and map
Motto: "Dirigo"
Meaning: I lead
Maryland
Maryland state flag and map
Motto: "Fatti maschii, parole femine"
Meaning: Manly deeds, womanly words
Massachusetts
Massachusetts state flag and map
Motto: "Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem"
Meaning: By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty
Michigan
Michigan state flag and map
Motto: "Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice"
Meaning: If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you
Minnesota
Minnesota state flag and map
Motto: "L'étoile du Nord"
Meaning: The star of the North
Mississippi
Mississippi state flag and map
Motto: "Virtute et armis"
Meaning: By valor and arms
Missouri
Missouri state flag and map
Motto: "Salus populi suprema lex esto"
Meaning: Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law
Montana
Montana state flag and map
Motto: "Oro y plata"
Meaning: Gold and silver
Nebraska
Nebraska state flag and map
Motto: "Equality before the law"
Meaning: - - -
Nevada
Nevada state flag and map
Motto: "All For Our Country"
Meaning: - - -
New Hampshire
New Hampshire state flag and map
Motto: "Live Free or Die"
Meaning: - - -
New Jersey
New Jersey state flag and map
Motto: "Liberty and prosperity"
Meaning: - - -
New Mexico
New Mexico state flag and map
Motto: "Crescit eundo"
Meaning: It grows as it goes
New York
New York state flag and map
Motto: "Excelsior"
Meaning: Ever upward
North Carolina
North Carolina state flag and map
Motto: "Esse quam videri"
Meaning: To be, rather than to seem
North Dakota
North Dakota state flag and map
Motto: "Liberty and union, now and forever, one and inseparable"
Serit ut alteri saeclo prosit"
Meaning: One sows for the benefit of another age
Ohio
Ohio state flag and map
Motto: "With God, all things are possible"
Meaning: - - -
Oklahoma
Oklahoma state flag and map
Motto: "Labor omnia vincit"
Meaning: Labor conquers all things
Oregon
Oregon state flag and map
Motto: "Alis volat propriis"
Meaning: She flies with her own wings
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania state flag and map
Motto: "Virtue, liberty, and independence"
Meaning: - - -
Rhode Island
Rhode Island state flag and map
Motto: "Hope"
Meaning: - - -
South Carolina
South Carolina state flag and map
Motto: "Dum spiro spero"
"Animis opibusque parati"
Meaning: While I breathe, I hope
Ready in soul and resource
South Dakota
South Dakota state flag and map
Motto: "Under God the people rule"
Meaning: - - -
Tennessee
Tennessee state flag and map
Motto: "Agriculture and Commerce"
Meaning: - - -
Texas
Texas state flag and map
Motto: "Friendship"
Meaning: - - -
Utah
Utah state flag and map
Motto: "Industry"
Meaning: - - -
Vermont
Vermont state flag and map
Motto: "Freedom and Unity"
Meaning: - - -
Virginia
Virginia state flag and map
Motto: "Sic semper tyrannis"
Meaning: Thus always to tyrants
Washington
Washington state flag and map
Motto: "Al-ki"
Meaning: By and by
West Virginia
West Virginia state flag and map
Motto: "Montani semper liberi"
Meaning: Mountaineers are always free
Wisconsin
Wisconsin state flag and map
Motto: "Forward"
Meaning: - - -
Wyoming
Wyoming state flag and map
Motto: "Equal Rights"
Meaning: - -
List of U.S. Territory Mottos
American Samoa
Motto: "Samoa, Muamua Le Atua"
Meaning: Samoa, let God be first
District of Columbia
Motto: "Justitia Omnibus"
Meaning: Justice for All
Guam
Motto: "Where America's Day Begins"
Meaning: - - -
Puerto Rico
Motto: "Joannes Est Nomen Eius"
Meaning: John is his name
Virgin Islands
Motto: "United in Pride and Hope"
Meaning: - - -
State slogans are more related to tourism, but mottos have a history behind them and are very important. So whether you're a tourist or a resident of a state in the US, knowing these mottos and their meanings is a plus point. Also, if you are someone who has an assignment on the States of the U.S., don't forget to mention all these mottos in your piece.