Popular Names and Nicknames for Residents of States

The nickname cheesehead refers to a person from the state of Wisconsin and to a fan of the Green Bay Packers football team. (Patti McConville/Getty Images)

It's easy to see why someone who lives in New York State is called a New Yorker. And why a resident of California is a Californian. But what do people in Massachusetts call themselves? And where do Huskies and Nutmeggers live?

In the first column of the table below, you'll find the official names for residents of the 50 states according to The United States Government Printing Office Style Manual. The right-hand column contains alternative names and nicknames.

For information about the origins of some of these names, along with the terms for residents of other countries and of major cities around the world, check out Paul Dickson's entertaining book Labels for Locals: What to Call People from Abilene to Zimbabwe (Collins, 2006).

Names and Nicknames for Residents of States

Official NamesNicknames & Alternative Names
AlabamianAlabaman, Alabamer, 'Bamer
Alaskan 
ArizonanArizonian
ArkansanArkansasian, Arkansawyer
CalifornianCaliforniac
ColoradanColoradoan, Highlander
ConnecticuterNutmegger
DelawareanDelawearer
FloridianFloridan
Georgian 
Hawaiianmalihini (newcomer)
IdahoanIdahoer
IllinoisanIllini, Illinoyer
IndianianHoosier, Indianan, Indianer
IowanIowegian, Iowigian
KansanKanser
KentuckianKentucker, Kentuckeyite
LouisianianLouisianan
MainerDown Easter
MarylanderMarylandian
MassachusettsanBay Stater
MichiganiteMichiganian, Michigander
Minnesotan 
MississippianMississippier, Mississipper
Missourian 
Montanan 
NebraskanHusker
NevadanNevadian
New HampshiriteGranite Stater
New JerseyiteNew Jerseyan
New Mexican 
New YorkerEmpire Stater
North Carolinian 
North Dakotan 
OhioanBuckeye
OklahomanOkie
OregonianOregonner
Pennsylvanian 
Rhode IslanderRhodian
South Carolinian 
South Dakotan 
Tennessean 
TexanTexian
UtahnUtahan
Vermonter 
Virginian 
Washingtonian'Toner
West Virginian 
WisconsiniteCheesehead
Wyomingite