TARTANS OF THE UNITED STATES

Apart from natural features in the landscape and native flora and fauna, many state tartans take their colors from tributes to state flags and seals. 

 

Care has been taken to correctly identify official or note de facto state tartans.  Please contact the site developer regarding any errors. 

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Click on any state - then click again for more tartan details, including the origin of the design and state flag and state seal inspirations!

 

For a quick look, scroll down to see the tartans in order of state adoption into the Union. 

UNITED STATES TARTANS

Click on any tartan for more tartan details - tartan origins, adoption dates and design inspirations, including state flags and state seals!

Georgia

January 2, 1788

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The Peach State

"Wisdom, justice, and moderation"

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Alaska

January 3, 1959

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The Last Frontier

"North to the future"

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Utah

January 4, 1896

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The Beehive State

"Industry"

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New Mexico

January 6, 1912

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The Land of Enchantment

"Crescit eundo" (It grows as it goes)

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Connecticut

January 9, 1788

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The Constitution State

"Qui transtulit sustinet" (He who transplanted sustains)

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Michigan

January 26, 1837

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The Great Lakes State

"Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice" (If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you)

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Kansas

January 29, 1861

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The Sunflower State

"Ad astra per aspera" (To the stars through difficulties)

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Massachusetts

February 6, 1788

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The Bay State

"Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem" (By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty)

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Arizona

February 14, 1912

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The Grand Canyon State

"Ditat Deus" (God enriches)

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Oregon

February 14, 1859

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The Beaver State

"Alis volat propriis" (She flies with her own wings)

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Ohio

March 1, 1803

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The Buckeye State

"With God, all things are possible"

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Nebraska

March 1, 1867

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The Cornhusker State

"Equality before the law"

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Texas

February 19, 1846

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The Lone Star State

"Friendship"

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Florida

March 3, 1845

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The Sunshine State

"In God We Trust"

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Vermont

March 4, 1791

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The Green Mountain State

"Freedom and Unity"

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Maine

March 15, 1820

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The Pine Tree State

"Dirigo" (I lead)

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Maryland

April 28, 1788

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The Old Line State

"Fatti maschii, parole femine" (Manly deeds, womanly words)

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Louisiana

April 30, 1812

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The Pelican State

"Union, justice, confidence"

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Minnesota

May 11, 1858

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The North Star State

"L'Étoile du Nord" (The star of the North)

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South Carolina

May 23, 1788

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The Palmetto State

"Dum spiro spero Animis opibusque parati" (While I breathe, I hope Ready in soul and resource)

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Rhode Island

May 29, 1790

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The Ocean State

"Hope"

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Wisconsin

May 29, 1848

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The Badger State

"Forward"

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Kentucky

June 1, 1792

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The Bluegrass State

"United we stand, divided we fall"

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Tennessee

June 1, 1796

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The Volunteer State

"Agriculture and Commerce"

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Arkansas

June 15, 1836

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The Natural State

"Regnat populus" (The people rule)

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West Virginia

June 20, 1863

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The Mountain State

"Montani semper liberi" (Mountaineers are always free)

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New Hampshire

June 21, 1788

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The Granite State

"Live Free or Die"

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Virginia

June 25, 1788

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The Old Dominion State

"Sic semper tyrannis" (Thus always to tyrants)

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Idaho

July 3, 1890

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The Gem State

"Esto perpetua (Let it be perpetual)"

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Wyoming

July 10, 1890

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The Equality or Cowboy State

"Equal Rights"

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New York

July 26, 1788

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The Empire State

"Excelsior" (Ever upward)

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Colorado

August 1, 1876

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The Centennial State

"Nil sine numine" (Nothing without the Deity)

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Missouri

August 10, 1821

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The Show Me State

"Salus populi suprema lex esto" (Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law)

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Hawaii

August 21, 1959

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The Aloha State

"Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono" (The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness)

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California

September 9, 1850

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The Golden State

"Eureka" (I have found it)

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Nevada

October 31, 1864

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The Silver State

"All For Our Country and Battle Born"

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North Dakota

November 2, 1889

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The Peace Garden State

"Liberty and union, now and forever, one and inseparable"

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South Dakota

November 2, 1889

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Mount Rushmore State

"Under God the people rule"

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Montana

November 8, 1889

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The Treasure State

"Oro y plata" (Gold and silver)

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Washington

November 11, 1889

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The Evergreen State

"Al-ki" (By and by)

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Oklahoma

November 16, 1907

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The Sooner State

"Labor omnia vincit" (Labor conquers all things)

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North Carolina

November 21, 1789

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The Tar Heel State

"Esse quam videri" (To be, rather than to seem)

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Illinois

December 3, 1818

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The Prairie State

"State sovereignty, national union"

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Delaware

December 7, 1787

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The First State

"Liberty and Independence"

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Mississippi

December 10, 1817

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The Magnolia State

"Virtute et armis" (By valor and arms)

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Indiana

December 11, 1816

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The Hoosier State

"The Crossroads of America"

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Pennsylvania

December 12, 1787

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The Keystone State

"Virtue, Liberty, and Independence"

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Alabama

December 14, 1819

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The Yellowhammer State

"Audemus jura nostra defendere" (We dare defend our rights)

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New Jersey

December 18, 1787

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The Garden State

"Liberty and prosperity"

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Iowa

December 28, 1846

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The Hawkeye State

"Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain"

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