List of demonyms for U.S. states

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This is a list of official and notable unofficial terms which have been used to designate the residents of specific U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

State Official
(recommended by U.S. GPO)[1]
Official, unofficial or informal alternates
Alabama Alabamian Alabaman[2][3]
Alaska Alaskan
Arizona Arizonan Arizonian,[2] Sand Cutter[4]
Arkansas Arkansan Arkansawyer,[5] Arkie [6]
California Californian Californio (archaic)
Colorado Coloradan Coloradoan (archaic)[7][8]
Connecticut Connecticuter Nutmegger, Connecticotian, Connecticutensian,[9] Connecticutian, Connetian[10]
Delaware Delawarean Blue Hen's Chicken, Muskrat[11]
District of Columbia Washingtonian
Florida Floridian Florida cracker[12]
Georgia Georgian Buzzard, Cracker, Goober-grabber,[13] Sand-hiller[14]
Hawaii Hawaiian Malihini (newcomer),[2] Kamaʻāina (native-born nonethnic Hawaiian),[2] Hawaii Resident, Islander[15]
Idaho Idahoan
Illinois Illinoisan Illinoisian, Illinoian, Sucker, Sand-hiller, Egyptian[16]
Indiana Indianian Hoosier[17] (official state designation), Indianian[2] (archaic)
Iowa Iowan Hawkeye[18]
Kansas Kansan Sunflower, Grasshopper[19]
Kentucky Kentuckian Corncracker[20]
Louisiana Louisianan
Maine Mainer Down Easter or Downeaster,[21] Mainiac,[22] Pine Tree, Fox[citation needed]
Maryland Marylander
Massachusetts Massachusettsan Bay Stater (official term used by state government),[23] Massachusite (traditional),[24][25] Masshole (derogatory) [26]
Michigan Michiganian Michigander,[27] Mashugana, Michiganer, Michiganese, Michigine, Wolverine,[28][29] Michiganite,[30] Yooper/Troll (for residents of the Upper Peninsula and Lower Peninsula, respectively),[31] Flatlander (for residents of the mid and southern portions of the Lower Peninsula)
Minnesota Minnesotan
Mississippi Mississippian
Missouri Missourian
Montana Montanan
Nebraska Nebraskan Cornhusker
Nevada Nevadan Nevadian[2]
New Hampshire New Hampshirite New Hampshireman or New Hampshirewoman[32]
New Jersey New Jerseyan New Jerseyite[2]
New Mexico New Mexican
New York New Yorker Knickerbocker[33][34]
North Carolina North Carolinian Tar Heel, Tar Boiler,[35]
North Dakota North Dakotan
Ohio Ohioan Buckeye[36]
Oklahoma Oklahoman Okie,[37] Sooner[38]
Oregon Oregonian
Pennsylvania Pennsylvanian Pennamite[39]
Rhode Island Rhode Islander Rhodean, Swamp Yankee[40]
South Carolina South Carolinian Sandlapper[41]
South Dakota South Dakotan
Tennessee Tennessean Volunteer, Big Bender, Butternut[42]
Texas Texan Texian (Anglo-Texan - historical),[43] Tejano (Mexican-Texan), Texican (archaic)
Utah Utahn Utahan
Vermont Vermonter
Virginia Virginian
Washington Washingtonian
West Virginia West Virginian
Wisconsin Wisconsinite Cheesehead[44][45]
Wyoming Wyomingite

See also[edit]


  1. ^ United States Government Printing Office Style Manual (PDF). 2000. §5.23. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "SHG Resources". [dead link]
  3. ^ Safire, William (June 26, 1994). "On Language: Foam Fell on Alabama". The New York Times.  Safire reports that after he used the word "Alabaman" in a column, he received a letter from Vic Gold that said in part, "The natives, I have learned to my sorrow, prefer Alabamian."
  4. ^ "The State of Arizona - An Introduction to the Grand Canyon State from". Netstate.Com. Retrieved 2012-07-22. 
  5. ^ Arkansawyer definition - Dictionary - MSN Encarta. Archived from the original on 2009-10-31. 
  6. ^ "Ar•kie". Retrieved 2012-07-22. 
  7. ^ Writers Style Guide. Colorado State University. p. 62,. Retrieved January 2, 2009. "The correct name for a person from Colorado is Coloradan (not Coloradoan)." 
  8. ^ Quillen, Ed (March 18, 2007). "Coloradan or Coloradoan?". The Denver Post. 
  9. ^ "The State of Connecticut - An Introduction to the Constitution State from". Netstate.Com. Retrieved 2012-07-22. 
  10. ^ "People of Connecticut, Choose Your Moniker; Martha Stewart’s House and My Company (4 Letters)". Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  11. ^ "The State of Delaware - An Introduction to the First State from". Netstate.Com. Retrieved 2012-07-22. 
  12. ^ "‘Cracker’ Means Something Entirely Different In Florida: A Source Of ‘Pride’". Mediaite. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "The Peach State is all about peanuts". American Food Roots. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "The State of Georgia - An Introduction to the Peach State from". Netstate.Com. Retrieved 2012-07-22. 
  15. ^ "The State of Hawaii - An Introduction to the Aloha State from". Netstate.Com. Retrieved 2012-07-22. 
  16. ^ "The State of Illinois - An Introduction to the Prairie State from". Netstate.Com. Retrieved 2012-07-22. 
  17. ^ The term Hoosier is the official state designation for a state resident, but not used by the US GPO. The term was once considered derogatory, but is now a point of pride for Hoosiers. See the Indiana Historical Bureau article entitled What is a Hoosier? for the origin of the term.
  18. ^ "The State of Iowa". 
  19. ^ "The State of Kansas - An Introduction to the Sunflower State from". Netstate.Com. Retrieved 2012-07-22. 
  20. ^ Corncracker - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
  21. ^ The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2007. New York: World Almanac Books. 2006. ISBN 978-0-88687-995-2. 
  22. ^ "Mainiac". Time. June 20, 1938.  (term used in reference to Maine author Kenneth Roberts)
  23. ^ "Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 2, Section 35: Designation of citizens of commonwealth". The Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2008-02-29. : "Bay Staters shall be the official designation of citizens of the commonwealth."
  24. ^ Collections. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society. 1877. p. 435. 
  25. ^ Jones, Thomas (1879). DeLancey, Edward Floyd, ed. History of New York During the Revolutionary War. New York: New York Historical Society. p. 465. 
  26. ^ url=
  27. ^ "The State of Michigan". 
  28. ^ Marckwardt, Albert H. (1952). "Wolverine and Michigander". Michigan Alumnus Quarterly Review. LVIII: 203–8. 
  29. ^ Sperber, Hans (February 1954). "Words and Phrases in American Politics: Michigander". American Speech 29 (1): 21–7. doi:10.2307/453592. 
  30. ^ "The State of Michigan - An Introduction to the Great Lakes State from". Netstate.Com. Retrieved 2012-07-22. 
  31. ^ "MDE - Michigan Glossary". 2008-01-30. Retrieved 2012-07-22. 
  32. ^ "The State of New Hampshire - An Introduction to the Granite State from". Netstate.Com. 2009-04-13. Retrieved 2012-07-22. 
  33. ^ Merriam-Webster Dictionary
  34. ^ New York Knicks, What's a Knickerbocker?
  35. ^ Powell, William S. (March 1982). "What's in a Name?: Why We're All Called Tar Heels". Tar Heel (Tar Heel Magazine, Inc.). OCLC 005457348. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  36. ^ "The State of Ohio - An Introduction to the Buckeye State from". Netstate.Com. Retrieved 2012-07-22. 
  37. ^ Stewart, Roy P. (December 20, 1968). "Postal Card Proves Sooners Were 'Okies' Way Back In 1907". The Daily Oklahoman. p. 9, col. 2. "Now comes Mrs. Agness Hooks of Thomas with a postal card mailed at Newcastle, Ind. in 1907, address to a Miss Agness Kirkbridge, with the salutation: 'Hello Okie — Will see you next Monday night.' Signed: Myrtle M. Pence. Mrs. Hooks says Agness Kirkbridge was an aunt of hers. The Kirkbridge family came to Oklahoma Territory in 1904 and settled south of Custer City." 
  38. ^ "The State of Oklahoma - An Introduction to the Sooner State from". Netstate.Com. Retrieved 2012-07-22. 
  39. ^ "History of". Luzerne County. Retrieved 2012-07-22. 
  40. ^ "The Providence Journal | Rhode Island breaking news, sports, politics, business, entertainment, weather and traffic - - Providence Journal". 2012-07-17. Retrieved 2012-07-22. [dead link]
  41. ^
  42. ^ "The State of Tennessee - An Introduction to the Volunteer State from". Netstate.Com. Retrieved 2012-07-22. 
  43. ^ de la Teja, Jesus F. (1997). "The Colonization and Independence of Texas: A Tejano Perspective". In Rodriguez O., Jaime E.; Vincent, Kathryn. Myths, Misdeeds, and Misunderstandings: The Roots of Conflict in U.S.–Mexican Relations. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources Inc. p. 79. ISBN 0-8420-2662-2. 
  44. ^ Kapler, Joseph, Jr. (Spring 2002). On Wisconsin Icons: When You Say 'Wisconsin', What Do You Say?. Wisconsin Historical Society. pp. 18–31. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  45. ^ Foamation: About Us. Foamation. Retrieved 2009-04-29. [dead link]

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