50 Modern State Motto Illustration: A Designer’s Atlas

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Created by Designer and animator Dan Cassaro, Project Fifty and Fifty gives America’s traditional mottos a different view. Each designer created their own interpretation of the state’s motto with focus on typography design. The color palette was chosen to bring together the project.

If you are looking for the perfect location for your wedding or just a birthday party event celebration within these 50 states in America, do some research work and explore the area on foot and talk with the locals for the best of everything. Pick a travel destination that will be enjoyable for your guest and not that difficult to get to. Try to meet up with your wedding or party event suppliers to discuss your needs. Do check on the accommodation and marriage regulations as well. Planning a wedding or party celebration to any of the 50 States of America can be full of surprising ceremony and reception sites.

For the mean time, let’s take a look at the finest design illustrations creatively visualize and interpreted by various designers across the country, as well as the origin of the given State’s name.

01. Alabama: We Dare Defend Our Rights


Origin of state’s name: Means “tribal town” in the Creek Indian language

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02. Alaska: North To The Future


Origin of state’s name: Based on an Aleut word “alaxsxaq” literally meaning “object toward which the action of the sea is directed” or more simply “the mainland.”

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03. Arizona: God Enriches


Origin of state’s name: Spanish interpretation of “arizuma,” an Aztec Indian word meaning “silver-bearing.” Also based on Pima Indianword “arizonac” for “little spring place.”

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04. Arkansas: The People Rule


Origin of state’s name: French interpretation of a Sioux word “acansa,” meaning “downstream place.”

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05. California: I Have Found It


Origin of state’s name: Named by Spanish after Califia, amythical paradise in a Spanish romance, written by Montalvo in 1510.

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06. Colorado: Nothing Without Providence


Origin of state’s name: Taken from the Spanish for the “colorred” and was applied to the Colorado river.

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07. Connecticut: He Who Transplanted Sustains


Origin of state’s name: Based on Mohican and Algonquin Indian words for a “place beside a long river”.

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08. Delaware: Liberty and Independence


Origin of state’s name: Named after an early Virginia governor, Lord De La Warr

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09. Florida: In God We Trust


Origin of state’s name: Named on Easter 1513 by Ponce de Leonfor Pascua Florida, meaning “Flowery Easter”

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10. Georgia: Wisdom, Justice and Moderation


Origin of state’s name: Named for King George II of England

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11. Hawaii: The Life Of The Land Is Perpetuated By Righteousness


Origin of state’s name: Could be based on native Hawaiian wordfor homeland, “Owhyhee”

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12. Idaho: Let It Be Perpetual


Origin of state’s name: Idaho is a coined or invented word, and is not a derivation of an Indian phrase “E Dah Hoe (How)” supposedly meaning “gem of the mountains.”

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13. Illinois: State Sovereignty National Union


Origin of state’s name: Algonquin Indian for “warriors”

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14. Indiana: The Crossroads of America


Origin of state’s name: “Land of the Indians”

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15. Iowa: Our Liberties We Prize And Our Rights We Will Maintain



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16. Kansas: To The Stars Through Difficulty


Origin of state’s name: From the Sioux Indian for “south wind people”

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17. Kentucky: United We Stand, Divided We Fall


Origin of state’s name: Based on the Iroquois Indian word “Ken-tah-ten,” meaning “land of tomorrow”

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18. Louisiana: Union, Justice, And Confidence


Origin of state’s name: Named in honor of France’s King Louis XIV

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19. Maine: I Lead


Origin of state’s name: Assumed to be a reference to the state region being a mainland, different from its many surrounding islands.

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20. Maryland: Manly Deeds, Womanly Words


Origin of state’s name: Named to honor Henrietta Maria, wife of England’s King Charles I

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21. Massachusetts: By The Sword We Seek Peace, But Peace Only Under Liberty


Origin of state’s name: Named after local Indian tribe whose name means “a large hill place”

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22. Michigan: If You Seek A Pleasant Peninsula, Look About You.


Origin of state’s name: Based on Chippewa Indian word “meicigama” meaning “great water” and refers to the Great Lakes.

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23. Minnesota: The Star Of The North


Origin of state’s name: Based on the Dakota Sioux Indian word for “sky-tinted water,” referring to the Minnesota River or the state’s many lakes

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24. Mississippi: By Valor And Arms


Origin of state’s name: Possible based on Chippewa Indian words “mici zibi,” loosely meaning great river

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25. Missouri: The Welfare Of The People Shall Be The Supreme Law


Origin of state’s name: Named after Missouri Indian tribe whosename means “town of the large canoes”

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26. Montana: Gold And Silver


Origin of state’s name: Based on Spanish word for “mountainous”

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27. Nebraska: Equality Before The Law


Origin of state’s name: Name based on an Oto Indian word that means “flat water,” referring to the Platte River

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28. Nevada: All For Our Country



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29. New Hampshire: Live Free Or Die



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30. New Jersey: Liberty And Prosperity



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31. New Mexico: It Grows As It Goes


Origin of state’s name: Named by the Spanish for lands north of the Rio Grande River

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32. New York: Ever Upward


Origin of state’s name: Named after England’s Duke of York

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33. North Carolina: To Be, Rather Than To Seem


Origin of state’s name: Taken from “Carolus,” the Latin word for Charles and named after England’s King Charles I

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34. North Dakota: Liberty And Union, Now And Forever, One And Inseparable



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35. Ohio: With God, All Things Is Possible


Origin of state’s name: From the Iroquois Indian word for “goodriver”

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36. Oklahoma: Labor Conquers All Things


Origin of state’s name: Based on Choctaw Indian words for “redman”

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37. Oregon: She Flies With Her Own Wings


Origin of state’s name: Origin and meaning of name unknown, may have been derived from that of the Wisconsin River shown on a 1715 French map as “Ouaricon-sint.”

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38. Pennsylvania: Virtue, Liberty, And Independence


Origin of state’s name: Named in honor of Admiral William Penn, father of the state’s founder, William Penn

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39. Rhode Island: Hope


Origin of state’s name: Possibly named in honor of the Greek Island of Rhodes or was named Roode Eylandt by Adriaen Block, Dutch explorer, because of its red clay.

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40. South Carolina: While I Breathe, I Hope


Origin of state’s name: Named in honor of England’s King Charles I

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41. South Dakota: Under God The People Rule


Origin of state’s name: South Dakota is the land of the famous Sioux or Dacotah Indians. Dakota Territory and later South Dakotans were named for the tribe.

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42. Tennessee: Agriculture And Commerce


Origin of state’s name: Named after Cherokee Indian villages called “Tanasi”

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43. Texas: Friendship


Origin of state’s name: Based on a word used by Caddo Indians meaning “friends”

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44. Utah: Industry


Origin of state’s name: Taken from the name of the Ute Indians, whose name means “people of the mountains”

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45. Vermont: Freedom And Unity


Origin of state’s name: Based on “verts monts,” French for green mountains

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46. Virginia: Thus Always To Tyrants


Origin of state’s name: Named for England’s “Virgin Queen,”Elizabeth I

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47. Washington DC: Justice For All, Cash For Gold


Origin of state’s name: Named after George Washington

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48. West Virginia: Mountaineers Are Always Free


Origin of state’s name: Named after England’s Queen Elizabeth I, the “Virgin Queen”

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49. Wisconsin: Forward


Origin of state’s name: Based on an Indian word “Ouisconsin” believed to mean “grassy place” in the Cheppewa tongue

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50. Wyoming: Equal Rights


Origin of state’s name: Based on an Algonquin or Delaware Indian word meaning “large prairie place”

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