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The Bay State

Massachusetts State Nicknames

The U.S. Mint's bicentennial commemorative quarter representing Massachusetts features a minuteman (Colonial militia during the American Revolutionary War), an outline map of the state, the most familiar nickname for Massachusetts ("The Bay State"), and the date Massachusetts became the 6th state; 1788 (public domain image on Wikipedia). All State Quarters

Nicknames for the State of Massachusetts

"The Bay State" is the most familiar nickname of Massachusetts (this nickname is featured on the U.S. Mint's bicentennial commemorative quarter representing Massachusetts). All State Nicknames

Residents of Massachusetts are called "Bay Staters" (this was made official by Massachusetts legislature on December 18, 1990). All Resident Names

Other nicknames for Massachusetts include "The Baked Bean State" (baked navy bean is the official state bean), "The Codfish State" (cod is the state fish), "The Pilgrim State" (Plymouth Rock is the official historical rock) and "The Spirit of America" (seen on Massachusetts license plates).