Origin of "New Hampshire"

New Hampshire State Name Origin

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New Hampshire geology and topography

New Hampshire geology and topography map; photo courtesy of USGS: A Tapestry of Time and Terrain.

What does "New Hampshire" mean?

New Hampshire was named by Captain John Mason after Hampshire, England. One of the original 13 colonies, New Hampshire became the 9th state on June 21, 1788.

New Hampshire

Images

The state of New Hampshire, USA; image by TUBS on Wikipedia (use permitted with attribution).

The state of New Hampshire, USA

The U.S. Mint's bicentennial commemorative quarter for New Hampshire features the Old Man of the Mountain (the state emblem) and New Hampshire's state motto: "Live Free or Die." New Hampshire became the 9th state in 1788 (public domain image on Wikipedia).

New Hampshire quarter