Washington Motto
Bye and Bye
The state motto of Washington is "Bye and Bye" (Al-ki or Alki in Native American Chinook).

This motto "Bye and Bye" has not been officially adopted by Washington Legislature.

This motto was originally used on the territorial seal which on one side displays an immigrant wagon and a log cabin with a fir forest background; the other side pictures an anchor and the Goddess of Hope in the center (the goddess points at the word "Alki"), a sheet of water in the background with a sailing vessel, a steamer, and a city in perspective.

Early settlers from the schooner "Exact" named their settlement on Alki Point "New York." However, as the settlement was slower to grow than the east coast New York, the name was changed to "New York-Alki" (the 1850s term for "bye and bye" or "I will see you, bye and bye").

Other mottos and slogans of Washington:

  • Say WA!
  • Experience Washington
  • It's Always Sunny in Seattle
Some funny mottos and politically incorrect slogans of Washington:
  • Help! We're Overrun By Nerds and Slackers!
  • Home of Bigfoot and Big Imaginations
  • Caffeine Addicts Anonumous
  • We Look Good in Flannel
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