Unofficial nickname. Massachusetts is a commonwealth, and is usually known as the Bay State, a nickname that goes back to its early settlers in 1789, with Old Bay State appearing about 50 years later. Alludes to the colony of Massachusetts Bay, founded in 1628.
Unofficial nickname. Alludes to the colony of Massachusetts Bay, founded in 1628. This nickname applied to the early settlements of the Plymouth Colony in the years 1620-1628, before the Massachusetts Bay Colony was established. The name first appeared around 1798,