Kentucky Nickname

State Nickname of Kentucky

The Bluegrass State

KY is the Two-letter or Postal Abbreviation and Ky. is the Traditional or Standard Abbreviation for the State of Kentucky. Bluegrass is not really blue–it’s green–but in the spring, bluegrass produces bluish-purple buds that when seen in large fields give a rich blue cast to the grass.

Early pioneers found bluegrass growing on Kentucky’s rich limestone soil, and traders began asking for the seed of the “blue grass from Kentucky.” The name
stuck and today Kentucky is known as the “Bluegrass State.”