Origin of "Maine"

Maine State Name Origin


Maine geology and topography map

Maine geology and topography map; courtesy of USGS: A Tapestry of Time and Terrain.

What does the name "Maine" mean?

The name Maine is probably a practical nautical term which refers to the region being a mainland (separate from the many surrounding islands). Reference to the area as "Maine" in writing first appeared in 1622. All State Name Origins



The U.S. Mint's bicentennial commemorative quarter for Maine features Pemaquid Point lighthouse; a white pine (the state tree);  a schooner at sea (the schooner Bowdoin was designated the official state vessel in 1987); the Latin phrase "E Pluribus Unum" (one from many); and the date 1820 (Maine became the 23rd state in 1820). Public domain image on Wikipedia.

Maine quarter

The state of Maine, USA; public domain image.

State of Maine, USA


Maine - 50 States - US Geography