Oklahoma Nickname

State Nickname of Oklahoma

The Sooner State


Oklahoma’s nickname is the “The Sooner State.” The term dates back to 1889 when the Indian Territory was opened to settlers. Thousands of people lined up on the border and, when the signal was given, they raced into the territory to claim their land. Some people went in early to claim their land. They became known as Sooners. Hence, Oklahoma’s nickname today is “The Sooner State.”

Today, the nickname now represents the “can-do” attitude of Oklahomans.