Virginia Nickname

State Nickname of Virginia

Old Dominion State


Virginia’s nickname is “The Old Dominion State.” It refers to Virginia’s status as England’s oldest colony in the America. Charles II of England quartered the arms of Virginia on his shield in 1663, thus adding Virginia to his dominions of France, Ireland and Scotland.

Other Virginia Nicknames

Called the “Mother States” because it was the first state to be colonized.

“Mother of Presidents” (Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Harrison, Tyler, Taylor, and Wilson).

Mother of Statesmen”, and the “Cavalier State.”