Old Dominion is one of the
best-known nicknames for Virginia, along with Mother of Presidents and Mother of
States. The nickname probably derives from the fact that Virginia was the first, and
therefore the oldest, of the overseas dominions of the kings and queens of England.
The seal and coat of arms of the colony in use from 1607 until 1624, when the Virginia Company of London
directed the colonization of Virginia, included the words, "En Dat Virginia Quintam"
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