Minnesota State Nickname

The North Star State

Minnesota is often referred to as "The North Star State." This nickname is derived from the state motto, "L'√Čtoile du Nord," which is French for "The Star of the North." The name highlights Minnesota's position as the northernmost state in the contiguous United States. The state adopted this motto in 1861 when it officially became the 32nd state of the Union. The French phrase and the subsequent nickname emphasize the state's northern location and serve as a symbol of guidance and leadership. The North Star has historical significance as a navigational aid and is associated with freedom and the Underground Railroad during the 19th century.