Maryland State Nickname

The Old Line State

Maryland is often referred to as the "Old Line State," a nickname with historical roots that date back to the Revolutionary War. The moniker originated from the Maryland Line, a group of soldiers from Maryland who fought valiantly in the Battle of Long Island in 1776. General George Washington praised their resilience, famously stating, "Steady, the Old Line! Steady, the Old Line!" The term "Old Line" stuck and eventually became associated with the state. Maryland officially adopted this nickname in 1927. The nickname not only honors the state's military heritage but also symbolizes Maryland's steadfastness and endurance throughout its history.