Delaware Nickname

State Nickname of Delaware

The Last Frontier


Delaware the First State


Delaware’s state nickname is “The First State” because on December 7, 1787, it became the first of the
13 original states to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

Other Nicknames

Delaware has several other nicknames too although The First State is the official nickname.


“The Diamond State”
This nickname was given to Delaware, according to legend, by Thomas Jefferson because he described
Delaware as a “jewel” among states due to its strategic location on the Eastern Seaboard.


“Blue Hen State”
This nickname was given to Delaware after the fighting Blue Hen Cocks that were carried with the Delaware Revolutionary War Soldiers for entertainment during Cock fights.


“Small Wonder”
This nickname is basically a new nickname. It was given to Delaware due to its size and the contributions it has made to our country as a whole and the beauty of Delaware.