Virginia State Nickname

The Old Dominion State

Virginia is commonly referred to as the "Old Dominion State," a nickname that reflects its historical significance as one of the oldest and most prominent English colonies in North America. This title dates back to the colonial era when Virginia was the first permanent English settlement in the Americas, established at Jamestown in 1607. The term "Old Dominion" was originally coined by King Charles II of England in recognition of Virginia's loyalty to the crown during the English Civil War and the Commonwealth period. The nickname underscores the state's rich history, deep-rooted traditions, and its enduring importance in the early formation of the United States.