The First State

Delaware State Nickname


Delaware quarter

Delaware became the 1st state in 1787. The Delaware quarter features Caesar Rodney on horseback (signer of the Declaration of Independence and president of Delaware during most of the American Revolution), and the state nickname: "The First State" (public domain image on Wikipedia)

The First State

The First State was designated as Delaware's official nickname in 2002 following a request by Mrs. Anabelle O'Malley's first grade class at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School. Delaware was the first of the 13 original states to ratify the United States Constitution on December 7, 1787.

Other Delaware Nicknames

The Diamond State: According to legend, Thomas Jefferson gave this nickname to Delaware - he described Delaware as a "jewel" among states due to its strategic location on the Eastern Seaboard.

Small Wonder: This nickname was given to Delaware due to its size, the contributions it has made to our country, and the beauty of Delaware.



Delaware USA; image by TUBS on Wikipedia (use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Delaware USA

Delaware blue and buff license plate with official state nickname: "The First State" (colonial blue and buff are Delaware's official colors). Colonial blue is actually a lighter shade (seen on the Delaware flag), but the blue on the plate is darker for contrast / visibility. Photo by Norm Russo (used by permission).

Delaware license plate with state nickname