Just like the old “tu’mey-tow” vs. “tu’maa-tow” debate, Michiganders, or Michiganians (depending on which side you’re on), have long found themselves in a state of disconnect. It seems that the great divide facing residents of the Great Lake State these days centers around the demonym – the name of a resident of a specific locality – that best suits the people of Michigan. Whether you proclaim yourself a Michigander or a Michiganian may say a lot about who you are and where you come from. Is one better than the other? Can the two co-exist?
Many demonyms are derived from the inhabitants of a certain local. For instance, Germany for the Germans and France for the Franks. As in the case of the great Michigan debate, the most common technique for creating a demonym is to add a suffix to the end of the location’s name – this is called suffixation. Often modeled after Late Latin, Semitic or Germanic suffixes, these affixes can also come in irregular forms while highlighting a definitive aspect of that locale; some examples include Nutmegger for Connecticut and Bay Stater for Massachusetts.
A recent poll conducted on six-hundred Michigan residents shows that fifty-eight percent of those surveyed prefer to call themselves Michiganders while only twelve percent favor Michiganian as their choice demonym. The remaining thirty percent were fine with both, did not like either of the two, or simply did not care.
Many residents feel Michigander simply rolls off the tongue easier and that Michiganian denotes an air of pomposity unbecoming of a true Michigan dweller. We’d like to know – what’s your state’s demonym?
I was born and raised in NYC, so of course I’m a New Yorker. However, I currently live in Melbourne, Australia. It’s the capital of the state of Victoria, the residents of which are naturally called Victorians, but people who live in Melbourne itself are called Melburnians (minus the O).
Very interesting read. I don’t really know of any demonyms in Indiana…there most likely is one, I just don’t know what it is. /
People from Indiana and “Hoosiers”!
I’ve always thought of Michigan residents as Michiganders — unless they’re of the female persuasion, in which case they’re Michigeese.
I remember coming across this issue on a road trip through the state. Very interesting, to say the least.
I would identify myself as ‘Minnesotan’, plain and simple!
I’ve been a Californian, Chicagoan, Vermonter and Utah’n so far in my life. But I work in Boston (Massholes is a term I’ve heard people refer to themselves as, as well as Bostonians) and New York City–so, New Yorkers. Indianan’s sometimes called themselves Hoosiers, but that seemed random for those not into bball. I’ve always wondered what the people in Connecticut would say. And New Hampshire. Most states are easy…just add an “an” or “ian”
Born and raised in Michigan and everyone I know uses Michiganders. In fact, I’ve never heard Michiganian! I’m definitely a Michigander.
I’m from the great state of Michigan and as a child I was taught I was a Michigander. I personally don’t care for it because it reminds me of a goose? HA! But my interst in this article was; stated that where you are from determines how one would address their self. Did I miss this or maybe the reporter may want to finish the story. Go Michigan!
And Oregon-dwellers are called Oregonians.
Los Angeles here.
We call ourselves Angelenos.
I’m from Massachusetts and I’ve heard people use ‘Bay Stater’, which I’m pretty sure is the official demonym, but I personally like to call myself a ‘Massachusian’ because it’s much more fun to say and Bay Stater is just stupid. I may have made that one up though and I’ve never heard anyone else say it
Blue, no true californian can ever be something else. If so, they were never californian to begin with. Its the law!
Californian. Now a Georgian. Originally from a placed called Blythe. We were Blythians. Nice ring, eh? I’ve heard Hong Kong residents are called Honkies. Many of my asian friends insist the -ese suffix is derogatory. Was also a San Bernardinite, Phoenician(Arizonan not Arizonian), Kinmenese(Taiwanese not Chinese) and a Floridian for a while there.
I’ve always considered myself Minnesotan if anything.
I’m a proud Michigander, but to be more specific, I’m a Troll (ie, from the L.P.). Usually when someone says Michiganian, they get odd looks and a few concealed laughs.
I’m currently a Utahn, but I have been a Washingtonian, Ohioan, Idahoan, Coloradan and for a while “un Argentino Bonarense”, which is an Argentine (always preferred that to Argentinean) from Buenos Aires. While there I was interested to note that they don’t refer to us as Americans (since technically, from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, we are all Americans). They say Estadosunidense (translates to United Stateser). That is why you will see labels marked “Made in the USA/Hecho en EE UU.” EE=Estados (plural) and UU=Unidos (also plural).
To further confuse the issue, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (the U.P.) is home to a special class of…well, people from Michigan: the Yoopers! This name is derived from the abbreviation U.P. Like the San Francisco 49ers, folks from the Upper Peninsula are – U.P.ers — Yoopers. Additionally, though meaning no harm Yoopers will often call those of us who live in Michigan’s lower peninsula “trolls” because we live under or below the bridge, Michigan’s famed Mackinac bridge which connects the two peninsulas. Whether you are a Yopper Michiganian or a troll Michigander, I salute you all, Michgan folk are good salt of the earth people. I am proud to be from such a pleasant peninsula.
My husband is from Michigan, and I’ve only heard of the people there referred to as “Michiganders”. I’m from Wisconsin, and we’re known as Wisconsinites.
Years ago I heard that people from Michigan were known only as Michiganians, and that the term Michigander was coined by Abe Lincoln as a derisive term. True? Perhaps a Michiganian can shed light upon this.
I’ve twice lived in Michigan but now live in Indiana. I recently read that Hoosiers are Kentuckians who ran out of money on their way to Michigan. We have almost as many explanations of the term Hoosier as we have people living here.
I was born and raised in Ohio. That makes me a Buckeye forever!
All my life, I’ve been living in Illinois, which is would technically make me an Illinoisian, but I swear I go to Michigan so much that I would have to count myself as a Michigander.
Liverpudlian for a resident of Liverpool, Haligonian for a resident of Halifax
Well, I have no personal connection to the issue but “Michiganian” sounds better, just neutral.
I was born a Michigander and am now a South Dakotan; proud to be both.
I’m from Georgia, but I think I like “American” better. (:
I’ve been a Minnesotan virtually all my life. I don’t think there’s ANYTHING other than “Minnesotan” (though I’m sure that, after our State Bird, some would call us Loons )
Having lived on both sides of Michigan for over 50 years–on the west side for most of those years–the only name I’ve ever heard and used is “Michigander.” There’s a joke about a “Michigoose…”
I am a true Michigander! Michigander fits better than Michiganian. I have lived in Michigan all my life and I have never heard anyone call themselves a Michiganian. It is always Michigander!
I’m from Michigan, and proud of it! Michiganian isn’t nearly as fun to say, so I”m a Michigander all the way
We in Florida have solved the problem by remaining Florida Crackers – ( a name interestingly enough derived from the sound of the whips used by the cowboys here in the old days.) You might not know it from our advertising, but FL is one of the biggest cattle states in the US.
My family lived in Santa Barbara, CA and my cousins in Pacific Palisades, CA. We laughingly refered to ourselves as Santa Barbarians and them as Pacific Palisadists.
People from CT frequently call themselves ‘Nutmeggers’ after the ‘Nutmeg State’ – it got that name at a time when nutmeg was ‘cut’ with wood to deceive Connecticut housewives.
…how ’bout them Maine-iacs?…
I’m Melvin Rose of Texas and my friends all called me Tex. When I lived in ole New Mexico, they used to call me Mex. When I lived in ole Kentucky, they called me ole Kentuck. I was born in ole Shamokin which is why they call me Melvin Rose.
I’m a Texian, and nothing else. Texan is acceptable, but since the earliest way I’ve seen it spelled it Texian, than that’s what I call myself.
Proud to be a Michigander.
Halifax residents = Haligonians
I live in Western Lower Peninsula of Michigan, and I’ve heard people call themselves “Trolls” because we live under the Mackinaw Bridge. At my house we call ourselves Michiganders! I used to live closer to the Bridge and would travel North a lot, while we were up there people could tell we weren’t “Yoopers” (U.P.ers).
I’m from dublin in ireland,
Most common names are either a Dub or Dubliner,
I prefar dubliner myself.
I have written a few books about Michigan history and can confirm that the term “Michigander” is attributed to Abraham Lincoln in 1848 as a derisive reference to Lewis Cass, territorial governor of Michigan and presidential contender. Lincoln said, “… I was very near closing on the subject of military tails before I was done with it. There is one entire article of the sort I have not discussed yet; I mean the military tail you Democrats are now engaged in dovetailing onto the great Michigander.”
I am proud that Lincoln invented our demonym and that we turned an insult to our benefit, much as Americans did when they put the British insult “Yankee Doodle” into song.
Absolutely, unequivocally I am a native Michigander. Anyone calling me a Michiganian will soon feel a pain from me slapping them upside of their brainian.
Born and raised in Texas, and have always considered myself a Texan..Yee-Haw. I grew up specifically in Houston, so I’m also a Houstonian.
Delaware – Delawarean (but pronounced Delaware-e-in). They do that with cities here, too. People from Dover are Doverians.
I spent my childhood and adolescence in Connecticut and NEVER heard anyone called or referred to as a “Nutmegger.” We always called ourselves “Connecticut Yankees,” probably after the Mark Twain book.
I thought this question was settled in the 1960’s. I was born and grew up in Michigan and in the 1960’s, I heard on the radio in Detroit, that the official name of those from Michigan was finally decided to be “Michiganians” because we, the inhabitants, didn’t want to sound like ducks, birds or geese. Seriously!
No matter what, Michigan was a great place to grow up in! Good education, great people and alot of culture, music, art and technical talent that many outside of Michigan aren’t even aware of!
My hope is that more people move to Michigan and take advantage of its affordable housing market with its gorgeous homes, some of the best in the country, and its good work-force, diverse nationalities with the great food and music. The Ethnic Festivals were wonderful! Very enjoyable to share heritages with each other!
We need to see ethics back in the auto-business, both with the corporations and some of its workers. If that happens, Michigan will florish again.
I was born and raised in Michigan, and I like Michigander and Michigoose for male or female respectively. As for really weird demonyms, see Glasgow (Glaswegian), Manchester (Mancunian), and Halifax (Haligonian) for examples of non-intuitive choices.
I’m Virginian, but I’m from Virginia Beach. We have no term I’ve ever heard of in my entire life here for a Virginia Beach resident. We also have Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Newport News, and Hampton to round out the “Seven Cities” of Hampton Roads. I can’t imagine how funny some of those would be. Norfolker?? Newport Newsian?? I guess nobody evey figured it out since we’re a big military area with very few locals (like me!) or permanent residents, except for military retirees.
I was interested in what Ali Lemer had to say about us Melburnians. I was born and bred in St. Louis (people here ALWAYS correct me and say St. Louie!). But some of the people in Oz use the old Cockney’s rhyming slang. Some guys I used to work with when I first came to Melbourne some 34 years ago called me ‘Seppie’ or ‘Septic’ as a nickname for ‘Septic Tank’, which of course is Cockney rhyming slang for ‘Yank’. I’ve been thinking about applying for dual citzenship, but people here would still never accept me as being Australian, so why bother? I’d prefer to simply be known as a child of the world.
We from the non-Chicago part of Illinois are Illinoisans.
I’m a Marylander, and I have relatives who are Pennsylvanians, Texans, and Georgians. I have friends who are Californians, Oregonians, Floridians, and Virginians, to name a few.
As a native of Michigan all my life, I have never heard the term Michiganian used. It is always Michigander. The article is a little misleading in the sense that I don’t think there’s actually very much real debate on the matter (only 12% of the native population prefer the term Michiganian according to this survey). And hooray for Kody for bringing up the “Yooper”/”Troll” nomenclatures, too! Quite a fun topic!
I’m a lifelong Michiganian. Actually, our Governor Granholm declared “Michiganian” the correct terminology about 3 or 4 years ago. Problem is, few people seemed to have paid much attention to this declaration. It seems that so many people find that “Michigander” comes more trippingly off the tongue and prefer it as a result. I agree with others in this forum who’ve said it sounds like a goose (“gander”), so I prefer Michiganian. Besides, it incorporates the whole state name in it and adheres to the -ian suffix. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
One important Michigan group has yet to be mentioned: the Trooper. No, I’m not making this up. Troopers are Michiganders/Michiganians who are either native Yoopers who have moved to the L.P., native Trolls who have moved to the U.P., or those who are indigenous to both peninsulas.
I was born in Michigan and have always been referred to myself and others as Michiganders. I have never heard of a Michiganian except on the national news.
Born a Minnosotan, stayed a Floridian, loved being a Georgian, and reside now as a South Carolinian. WHOO!
I’m from Michigan and I’ve never heard anyone say Michigander or Michiganian. It’s always Yooper(U.P.) or Troll(L.P.).
Funny… “demonym” is not even in Dictionary.com! But I did find it on Wikipedia… demonym, a.k.a. gentilic… Check it out for a whole list of strange ones you may know, and others you may not know:
I’m from Michigan and most my family says Michigander, I just say Miches or he/she is a Mich. Bunch of Miches on this post I see Lamo ^_^
We have a city here Melbourne, Fl we call them Melbums ^.^
And for the guy that mention Indiana I vote for Indiananese hehe
Looks like everyone here’s below the border.
Where are the Torontonians?!
P.S. I LOLed at g’s comment. Yes I just used chat lingo on a website dedicated to proper grammar and spelling.
I was born and raised in Michigan and while I am here at school in Kentucky I tell everyone, “I am a Michigander.” Always have been. Funny thing is someone tried to usee the term Michiganian and it is just awkward. I met another guy from Michigan here and he too claims to be a Michigander. It was great to come across this while missing home. ^-^
What would the demonym be for Warner Robins?
(a city in middle Georgia)
I am from St.Croix, Virgin Islands and we are called Cruzans. However, to say it, you would probably spell it like Crujhun. Like Cajun lol.
I’ve lived in Michigan – north of Detroit – all my life.
I’m a Michiganian. It’s classy.
Michigander makes me thinkg of a quacking duck. Yuck!
not Maine-iacs, we’s up he-ah are of the Mainah people
I was born in Odessa, so I am an Odessite, or am I an Odessan?
Also lived in Montreal, thus a Montreal-er or un montrealais (in French);
Quebecker or un quebecois (French).
The demonym must depend on the language that one is using to describe an inhabitant of a certain locale.
I am a Michigander, not a Michiganian, my spell check even goes nuts when I type Michiganian, it sounds ridiculous, I like Michigander a lot better. I agree with Emily, “Michiganian” is not fun to say, I’m a Michigander.
Michigander sounds so much cooler than Michiganian!
I’ve lived in Michigan for about 23 years before moving to Texas. As far as which I call myself… I think Michigander sounds a little better than Michiganian, but I normally just say I’m from Michigan. I definitely heard Michigander more than Michiganian. Both sound a little strange… Michiganian is a mouthful and Michigander reminds me too much of geese.
I have to agree with Kody though. You have to consider which part of Michigan the person is from. Yooper is a pretty common term for people from the U.P. I’ve heard the troll thing before, but more like a joke than anything else. You don’t hear people from the lower peninsula call themselves trolls unlike people from the UP who proudly call themselves Yoopers. [At least one of my neighbors who was from the UP did...]
Michigander born and bred. I would never consider calling myself anything else.
Why not “Michigander” for men from Michigan and “Michigeese” for the women? It would be taking a linguistic cue from our Romantic roots.
Oregon – Oregonian
Washington – Washintonian
Alaska – Alaskan. Although a point of clarification, those of indigenous decent are Alaskan Native, not Native Alaskan which is someone who has resided in the state since birth. So technically you could be a Native Alaskan Native. Alaskans also like to refer to anywhere beyond Alaska as ‘outside’ although they aren’t snobbish enough to call newcomers Outsiders. Newcomers are called Cheechakos. One legend behind this name is that during the gold rush locals heard where many of the panners came from and mispronounced the city… of Chicago. Those in the tourist industry like to further abuse the newcomers and refer to them as Cheese Tacos. But that’s just for fun.
Floridian, currently [also called a Sunny in my part of the state]. Born and raised a German (specifically Berliner, without the “ein” cause we ain’t jelly doughnuts [COOKIES TO PEOPLE WHO GOT THAT REFERENCE], though. At different points, an Illinois-ey, an Okie and a Texan Ranger; along with a New Yorker only a year ago.
Born a “Minnesotan” but raised a “Wyomingite.” Currently a “Coloradoan.”
Connecticutters => Emo from Connecticut. Hobbits => New HampSHIRE. Losers => Louisiana. Virgins and West Virgins don’t get along with Californicators. Delawerewolves, Texasses, Wisconsinners, and Wyomthings. All are unofficial and funny.
I was born & raised a Montanan, now I’m proudly Arizonan. My Hubby is an Illionoian. (I would have thought Illini)
Now, what my Chi-town husband and I are curious to know is – Why are the two halves of Michigan all one state, why wasn’t the U.P. part of WI or MN? It isn’t logical, topographically speaking, so there has to be some political reason behind it.
I lived in Michigan for forty years and there were only two names we went by: Wolverines or Spartans.
Nutmegger and Connecticutter are both used to refer to residents of CT. But Connecticutian is also used.
A resident of Michigan, I’d prefer Michiganian, a term used since the 1870s. It’s more elegant, and puts emphasis on a more pleasant sounding syllable. I think it’s the name of a campus newspaper, too.
I’m a proud Torontonian, and therefore also an Ontarian. I know a fellow from Halifax, NS, where they’re called Haligonians. Love that one.
How about those from Nunavut? Nunavummiut
Happen to hail from Moose Jaw, SK? You’re a Moose Javian (and a Saskatchewanian)
Check out more in the six Demonyms quizzes on this page:
But to folks in the US–it sure would be nice to stop using “American” as if it excluded all others in America. Not fair. It’s a bi-continental term, and the fact we haven’t created a demonym doesn’t mean we can co-opt the word. How about United Statian?
I’m from Ohio, and there is no debate there. We all united Ohioans. Unless your a Steelers fan, of course.
I’m from Michigan, and hardly anyone says “Michiganian,” it just sounds odd.
Yet, a lot of people refrain from using “Michigander” because it sort of sounds silly and maybe even ignorant. In the past I’ve been corrected when using this term, as people respond with “a gander is a goose!”
So, I just say “I’m from Michigan.” And then continue to point to my hand to show where my town is located.
Adeladians from Adelaide (in South Australia).
I’d call myself a Californian. A Bay Arean? I don’t know. Anyone else from the Bay Area over here? (Mentioned in The Lost Hero! Awesome!)
born a Mississippian then became a Montanan, a Missoulian to be exact.
I was born and raised a Kalamazooan Michigander. That means one from Kalamazoo County, Michigan (Yes, there really is a Kalamazoo!). I never heard my kin folk referred to as anything other than that or Wolverine until leaving home to serve in the military. Outsiders, primarily Buckeyes and Hoosiers misrepresented us as Michiganians. The correct demonym for a group of people should be determined internally by the group, otherwise we can all call those from the states south of the mitten, Nutheads and Hosers!
Phoenician. Paysonian. Arizonan. Deeper still, descendant of Oregon-trail-using Irish pioneers and heathen colonial Germans. Throw in some Quakers, some Kansans, Ohioans, Oklahomans, Tennesee-people, some brothel owners, preachers, farmers, musicians, and even Johnny Appleseed, and you have: a Phoenician. SO really, these names don’t always denote much cultural difference except for those Minnesoooottans. I can change my accent to match those around me, though a southern drawl comes most naturally.
I called us “ducks” once, playing off an abbreviation of ” ‘ganders.”
No one got it. :p
You’re a FIP, not a Michigander, unless you move here permanently and drive like a true Michigander.
My fiance is from Indiana…descendant of many generations in Peru, Indiana. He likes to tell the story of why people from Indiana are called Hoosiers. (BTW the nickname for students at Indiana University is Hoosiers…it’s not just a basketball term, tho made famous by their many NCAA championships under Bob Knight)
Anyway, the story/joke goes that an old farmer heard a knock at the door out in the country in the old days and he called out,”Who’s ‘ere?” Said quickly it sounds like Hoosier. Oh well, it’s cute the way he tells it.
100% Californian — nuff said.
If you’re a Michigander who supports your governor and his conquest to end the unions, you may call yourself a fascist. Go, corporation!!!
People from Indiana are Hoosiers. In 5th Grade Indiana History class, our textbook suggested three theories for where this demonym came from. One was that during pioneer days, if someone knocked on your door, and you answered “who’s there” with an Indiana drawl, it came out “Hoosier.” The other theory was something about a wrestling match, also during pioneer days, during which someone’s ear was ripped off and left on the ground: “whose ear?” = Hoosier.
On another note, I recently had a dispute with someone from El Salvador about that country’s demonym. I say Salvadoran; he says Salvadorean. I claim linguistic authority as a native English speaker. He claims authority since it is his country, a spurious claim if ever there was one.
Where do you think this writer comes from? She is a Geordie.
I’m from Louisiana and of course we call ourselves Louisianians or Cajuns.
I was born and raised in Michigan and have always considered it my home. We were always “Michiganders” and never heard the word “Michiganian.” Perhaps “Michiganian” is a term used for a publication somewhere in the state? Maybe U of M? But in my 23 years in Michigan, “Michigander” was the only term people used and is the word that sounds right.
We’ve always called Michiganers ‘meshugganahs,’ which is pretty close to ‘meshigama’ which all goes to prove that the Chippewa are a remnant of the lost tribe of Israel. For only a crazy person would want to live in Michigan, as the Chippewa so well knew.
I was born & raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan – and in nearly three decades I have never once heard the term “Michiganian”. It sounds like the reporter made it up just for this story *lol* Seriously though, everyone I know, regardless of what part of the state they’re from, refers to themselves as a Michigander. The other term sounds pretentious and uppity.
I’m a Michigander, born and raised! I’ve never liked “Michiganian”.
I’m from Yuma AZ, and we called Yumans.
I am a New Hampshiran, I guess.
It is believed by reliable Michigan historians that Abraham Lincoln wrote a political letter to Michigan’s Lewis Cass regarding the desire of Cass to run for the Office of President. Lincoln supported Tyler, Cass did not.
In the letter Lincoln disparaged the military prowess of Cass in the War of 1812, and in so doing, first used the term “Michigander”.
While any political hubris has long since resolved, the term Michigander has endured, as has historic respect for both politicians.
Michigander was a term that actually came about before Abe used it in the 1840s, cuz he was upset with the Michigan stance on letting in slave states. It came about during the Michigan Ohio War. Michigan wanted their border south to Toledo. It went to Congress who sided with Ohio, gave them Toledo, and the UP to Michigan. From then, Ohioans called folks in Michigan, Michiganders, cuz we squawked like “geese.” It was an insult.
I’m currently a Hoosier, but was born and raised a Buckeye (an Ohioan).
If I lived in Michigan, I think I would prefer to be called a Great Laker. In some cases, it’s more euphonious to base a demonym on the state nickname rather than the state name.
I’m a Clevelander…wouldn’t want to associate myself with the rest of Ohio that, for some reason, elected Kasich.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, I went to college in Michigan and am most used to hearing the term Michiganders.
What about people from Hong Kong? Hongkongians and Hongkongites are the two demonyms proposed. I personally prefer Hongkongites for it sounds like sons of Hong Kong in the Cantonese dialect.
I’m a Baltimorian Marylander ^_^
I live in Michigan and right now we could give a rats a$$ about what we’re called. We need jobs and our economy to get better , thats what were concerned with.
I’m from New Hampshire and I’ve never known what our demonym is. I suppose its New Hampshirite or New Hampshiran. I’m betting it’s the former. Anyone know for certain? Perhaps it’s 603-o-an.
This Michiganian/Michigander stuff is silly.
Michigan folks are either Yoopers or Trolls.
Of course, I’m an expatriate Cheesehead, so take it with a grain of salt.
After one winter in Minnesota, I thought that “Minnesnowtan” was more appropriate and another moniker for the state should be “Minnesnowta.”
Everyone I know from the Michigan Upper Penisula referred to themselves as U-pers and considered those other state residents located geographically below them – to be just that.
Nice Allan Sherman reference, @john r!
Grew up in SW lower Michigan (which makes us “trolls” as we lived “under the bridge” [the Mackinac Bridge]). But always referred to myself as a Michigander.
I hadn’t heard the term “Michiganian” until recently, when I heard Michigan’s governor use it. She was originally from Canada, so what does she know? It’s “MICHIGANDER”!
New Hampshire: New Hampshirites or “Granite Staters”.
I’ve lived a good part of my life in Michigan and most of my extended family still resides there – and I never heard the term “Michiganian” until I read this article.
Sounds like it might work for folks of Arminian heritage who reside in the Great Lake State (?).
Or as the name of an enemy race on any of the Star Trek series …
I’m also curious, “where you are from determines how one would address their self”. Is the West Side a Michigander and the East Side a Michiganian? And we seem to have forgotten about the Yoopers… Ya, eh?
I call myself a Yankee or I say I live in New York. (Not the city!!! >_>)
I’m a “Michigander”, and I’m a “Yooper” too!
While Ohio’s nickname is indeed the Buckeye state, in recent years that term has become exclusively associated with Ohio State University. No thanks.
So I’m an Ohioan, a Daytonian, and a Flyer. Anything but a Buckeye.
New Jersian (Jerseyan? Jerseyian? I really don’t know the spelling…)
I’ve been a Missouran, a Arizonan, a Californian, a Floridiot, and a Bostonian, but first and foremost always an American.
I’m a Hoosier from a part of northern Indiana that’s called Michiana, (but I personally think Indigan sounds better…) ..and Michigan people are AWAYS referred to as Michiganders.
I was born & raised in Michigan and always refer to myself as a former “Michigander” or more often, a “Troll” due to my hometown being located geographically “beneath” the Mackinac Bridge. I refuse to use the term “Michiganian” and even though I am female will never use the alternate stupid term “Michigoose” either. I know reside in Minnesota so I am a “Minnesotan” but I will always carry my map of Michigan with me, and all you Michiganders know what I’m talkin’ ’bout! No other state can boast of this!
I’m a Michigander…born and raised.
Michiganian is rarely said or heard here, but you do hear it occasionally.
By and large, we are Michiganders
I’ve lived in Michigan all my life and never refer to myself a Michigander. A gander is a male goose. I am neither. Its Michiganian for me, no matter what the majority or our new governor use.
The east side of Michigan are Michiganders and the west side are Michiganians…. I am from Michigan and that has always been my experiance of how people qualify themselves
I have always called myself a “Michigander” as I am from Lansing. People in Indiana I have always called “Buckeyes”
This is interesting. I was born & raised in Upper Michigan so I am a Yooper. Never heard of trolls before……I’ve heard the expression they live “below the bridge”. Someone mentioned the U.P. should’ve been part of Wisconsin…that’s where we always used to shop for school clothes, the big city of Green Bay! Been up on Vancouver Island (B.C. Canada) for a few years but miss “home’ in the U.P. I’ve heard the term Michiganders; not familiar with Michiganians. I don’t mind “Michigander” cuz I love Canadian Geese!! Beautiful creatures. I’ve had to explain what a Yooper is a number of times up here but now and then have come across people who say You are a Yooper? when I mention I’ve originally from Upper Michigan. I was in the Chicago suburbs for awhile but don’t like traffic! I’ll always be a small town girl, even in my senior years now. I will go back “home”. My husband’s grandson’s wife is from Newfoundland out east and they are called “Newfies”, that’s cute! Very interesting comments by all. Enjoy.
Easyyyy. Californian ;]
Michigander is a funny name …never heard of such a name. Michiganian, I can probably more understand and relate to.
Grew up in NJ and, to my knowledge, never heard anyone in Jersey refer to themselves as
New Jersyans, Jerseyites or Jerseyans. That doesn’t mean that many people didn’t use
any of the denoyms. Most would just say “we’re from Jersey.”
However, now that those kids on the tv show “Jersey Shore”and “Housewives of NJ) have helped to cement the idea that people “from Jersey” are superficial, bad -tempered, materialistic ignoramuses, one has to constantly “defend” against anti-Jersey cracks. I was born and raised in Paterson, once the silk city of our country until WW2– along with being a well-known shopping destination until the building of the malls.
We were Patersonians but seldom used it. P.S. the kids on “Jersey Shore” are from the boroughs of New York City.
My colleagues in Buenos Aires call themselves porteños. I’ve never heard them called anything else, except by non-Argentinians.
I am an Ohioan by birth and residence. My dad was born and raised in Saginaw though, so in my heart I am a Wolverine. GO BLUE!!!
I grew up on Michigan and always heard Michigander but I preferred to say “I am a Mittener” (from the great Mitten state – which also indicated that I was from the lower peninsula) or I would say I was a Wolverine : ) now live in a place that calls it’s residents Hawaiians and that is just fine with me : )
I second a comment posted earlier. I thought we were going to learn something about the two terms and there distinction. Is there an upper/lower class, city/country, or some sort or discrimination between Michigander and Michiganian? I hope the reporters gets back to that point.
Hoosier born, but I was, for a time, a Troll or Michigander, and am currently a West Virginian.
Hey Nick….another Angeleno here….in Westchester…
I’m from Dover, New Hampshire and almost certain it’s New Hampshirite.
I’m a floridian and proud of it!!!!
Here’s the deal (Born and raised in MI, lived here 6 decades now.) We’ve always, so far as I’ve known, referred to ourselves as Michiganders. Then someone (probably not a native) thought it seemed a bit embarrassing to be referred to as a name that reminded them of a male goose and started a movement to change it to Michiganian. No one is buying it.. We’re surrounded and isolated by the Great Lakes and thus don’t get the “pass-thru” traffic of other states. We like it that way. Please come visit, we’re very friendly, but don’t call us Michiganians.
I’m a Spartan MICHIGANDER from Grand Rapids and in my life never heard “Michiganian” used ever. Continuing the “Michigoose” discussion – are the children Michigoslings?
Proud Kentuckian and Louisvillian here….
Yeay, Kath! I’m a Toledoan (Ohioan) also from the “North Coast” (Lake Erie shoreline). And we didn’t vote for Kasich either! Toledoans are disgusted and seriously want a recall!
Also have only heard the term Michiganders. And love the UP and yoopers – there’s a darling song about yoopers driving in the wintertime. Must find it on youtube!
I’m a Californian
Grenadian born (in the Caribbean – from Grenada) Now plain and simple – can somebody say “Texan”?
I’m a Nevadan and a Renoite.
I hail from Washington State originally.
We are called Washingtonians, but don’t get me confused with those from Washington D.C. What are they called?
Grew up in “the Soo” (Sault Ste. Marie) where we were “Soo-ites.” I never called myself a “Yooper” until I had lived here, “down below” for years. I also never called anyone “trolls” because being BELOW the straits (before we had the bridge) is not the same as being “under” anything.
I’ve always called myself a Michigander, without the slightest concern for “gander” as a “gender-laden” term. However, there IS a Third Way. I went to Michigan, as in University of, where the yearbook has long been called the Michiganensian, which for me “beareth the bell away.”
to be short, sweet and to the point
Curiously absent from the article and comments is the disgraceful use by dictionaries of “New Jerseyite”, which is absolutely WRONG. The alternate term shown SECOND at Dictionary.com, “New Jerseyan”, is the ONLY correct form. No one born and raised in New Jersey has ever used “New Jerseyite”, and most of us never even heard of it until we saw it in a dictionary. Please, Dictionary.com, REMOVE “New Jerseyite” or at least label it something like “nonstandard” or “obsolete”.
I’m a Michigander. I know the story of Senator Abe Lincoln in debate accusing “the Michigander senator” of “dovetailing” onto another senator’s bill. It was a clever play of words, and we Wolverines don’t mind the jibe. But the reason Michigander makes sense is that we have a lot of German and Dutch settlements. For instance, Holland is in Michigan; people from Holland are called Hollanders (Germanic affix), and Hollanders are Michiganders. I think the German connection just makes more sense to our ears because of towns like Holland. Now, keep in mind that the final sound of a place name determines whether the German affix will be -er, -der, or -ter. Someone from Frankenmuth is a Frankenmuther (“moother” not “mother”) because that’s all the final -th needs. Holland has the final -d and only needs an -er. A final -n, however, needs a little oompf, and so we add the -der. A final -s needs the -ter, and so a person from Paines is a Painester. It’s also what some people think I am for posting so much
I have never used a state denonym in a serious context. I left my birth state (New Jersey) at age 7, left the state I grew up in (Florida) at age 24, and lived in Utah for 6 years.
Now I live in Hokkaido, Japan, and of course I am American, but I don’t think anyone would consider me a true Hokkaidoan no matter how long I stay here. And when I meet other Americans, I have no inclination to say that I am New Jersian, Floridian, or Utahn. I always say something like, “I grew up in Florida.”
What makes someone a true x-ian, and in what context do you use the term?
If you live in Michigan, you are a Michigander. Is it a little silly? Yes, but that is just the way it is. I remember when Former Governor Graholm was elected and called the people here “Michiganians” in one of her first speeches. Everyone laughed. They said that she didn’t know better because she wasn’t a Michigan native. There were even silly news stories and polls about what a “Michiganian” was. If it were common, that would not have been the response on the news.
???????What’s the official demonym?? or is it a question of choice??
I am from north carolina, as you may have noticed. My brother goes to michigan state for collage. I guess you could call him a
im from Washington DC and i have always herd Washantonian or Washingtonian
MICHIGANIAN all the way!
I’ve never heard of michigander until I read this article…
How abotu Michiganista?
Sydneysider from Sydney, Australia here.
I was borned and raised as a Pennsylvanian and spent half my life as a Delawarean. Currently, I live in Andong, South Korea so would I be called an Andongnian?
I’m from Illinois and I am an Illini.
I’m a Tar Heel – not a fan of UNC, but a North Carolinian. I’ve been a Durhamite, a Detroiter, an Angeleno, and a Floridian.. My grandmother (1896-2001) proudly referred to herself as a Cracker, from central Georgia.
We see many flatlanders, such as Michiganders, who have retired to Florida but spend their summers in the cool western NC mountains. Because of their poor curvy-road driving skills, they’re known locally as Floridiots.
I live in Ontario… I’m pretty sure every province but Newfoundland goes by ‘Canadians’ we like it simple like that :p I don’t think we have any demonyms but I’ll go google it to make sure.
Born and raised in Ohio for the first 11 years, specifically Cincinnati- we either called ourselves Buckeyes, or Cincinnatians. Then I moved to Alaska, where they either go by the specific Native Alaskan clan, or we just call ourselves Alaskans.
Michigander definitely reminds me of a goose. Born and raised in Florida, I’ve always heard Floridian for the people, but we call our aquifer the Floridan (without the extra ‘i’) Aquifer. Not sure where the mix-up happened, but there’s a fun fact for ya.
Whether you are a Yooper, a Michiganian or a Michigandander…we are all MICHIGANIACS. I am with Ted Nugent and like Michiganiac the best.
I’m from a state in the country India (Indians), called Kerala and we call ourselves “Keralites”.. But I was raised in Dubai. So Im a “Dubai-ite”
Some call themselves “dubai-ans”.. It doesnt go down so well with me.. Seems silly.. Den I moved to Bangalore.. So became a “Bangalorean” & now in Manipal.. So currently I’m a “Manipalite”
My friends are from various places.. Bengali’s, Chennaiites, Hyderabadi’s…
As someone who has lived my whole life in mid Michigan, I am comfortable making the following well thought out and factually sound statement:
Michiganian > Michigander
I am not a goose.
Karen, that’s an intriguing way of looking at it. Nonetheless, I do prefer Minnesotan from a personal standpoint. Heh.
I was born a Buckeye (Ohio) and raised a Hoosier (Indiana). I’ve never heard anyone say Ohioan or Indiana- anything, in reference to people from either state. At least Buckeye has a distinct referential meaning, though. No one can really agree what a “Hoosier” is, except that it’s what anyone from Indiana is.
I prefer Earthling
I was born a Michigander in the Henry Ford Hospital (named after that old Nazi); now I am a Canadian.I never heard anyone say “Michiganian.”
It’s called “Rusty Chevrolet” (to the tune of Jingle Bells), and it’s by a group called Da Yoopers.
Da Yoopers are also famous for “The Second Week of Deer Camp” and “Da Couch Dat Burps.”
Da Yoopers are Michiganians, and those of us blessed enough to be Trolls . . . are Michiganders.
I’ve always thought of Michigan residents as punks.
From Michigan and never heard “Michiganian” until now. Ridiculous concept for an article.
Also, I sidestep the whole issue because I’m from the Upper Peninsula, the U.P. Hence, I’m a Yooper. Not a Michigander or a Troll or (God forbid) a Michiganian. A Yooper. Someone who really understood the area would have written a better article focusing on Yoopers & Trolls.
thanks for clariffing how to call my self when people ask me. i thought that when saying the patrionimic of an individual that was enough in my case i am an american from coneccticut now i know that i am not a conecctican but a nutmegger. thanks again.
Utahn all the way!
I would like a clarification. Why does England have so many names? Obviously England is from Angle-Land, but why add Britain, Great Britain, and the like?
I was born Torontonian (CA) and then I was Arkansan, and now I’m Ohioan
RoXasK0R&/-\: I want my cookie. Long live Izzard!
My father was from the Netherlands, which can also be referred to as Holland, yet the people are Dutch, but the Gemans speak Deutch and call their country Deutchland! Maybe we should just give up on the whole idea and go with what one poster said and just use “earthling,” although I prefer Terran.
If anyone is curious, I’ve been told that the term Holland for the Netherlands was because Holland was it’s biggest region, sort of like thinking of all Americans as New Yorkers or Texans, after a large famous city or one of the largest states. I could be completely wrong though.
Californian! (and Lebanese, if ur original blood country counts)
Definitely a Californian
But ‘earthling’ or ‘child of the world’ works fine too
how about Michigoyim!!!!!
Someone explain how the upper penisula is part of Michigan and not Wisconsin or Canada or its own state, when there is no land connection between the U.P and L.P?
I have been a Missourian all my life. More specifically, a St. Louisan.
Most of the people in Michigan obviously prefer Michiganders. (Except they’re not geese.) I heard this old joke that went, “What do you call geese found in Michigan? Michiganders.” Oh well…no teasing intended!
I live in Sydney, where we’re not known as Sydneyers, or Sydneyians, or anything like that. Just simply Sydneysiders. Sounds nice to me, and different. The Melbourne ones are known as Melbourners or Melburnians — Ali Lemer, you are correct. And occasionally, the Queensland ones are called Bananabenders! (That’s pure Aussie slang.) They’re normally known as Brisbaners if in Brisbane, and Queenslanders anywhere else. Then the South Australians — Perthpeople for the Perth dwellers, and anywhere else, just simply South Australians. Then the Aussie slang is Croweater.
I’m originally a Normalite. Yes, folks, we Illinoisans (that’s Ill-in-oy-ans, the first “s” is silent) really DO have a Normal.
I’ve lived in several states since then, before returning to Illinois. My least favorite appellation was “d— Yankee” defined as a northerner who moves into the south to stay.
It’s really amusing actually because people from Illinois never really say “I’m an Illinoisian” or anything like that. Well, I never have heard it anyway. If you come to Illinois, you will most likely hear, “Oh, I’m a Chicagoian”
Michigander naturally . What one hears as a child is imprinted. You know, like on a goose! Is the objection based on gender equity issues? Most women I know are strong enough to live with a “gander” and not an “anian” or am I going to hear from Ms Dworkin? I like “gander.” Brings to mind the outdoors and all those beautiful geese flying to and fro Canada. By the way those in the U.P. may be Yoopers, but those south of the Straits are not Trolls, but Lopers.
I live in Auckland, New Zealand so of course I am an Aucklander but New Zealanders are informally called Kiwis, after the native bird, not kiwifruit.
I just went through this with a friend not too long ago….military brought my family from Michigan to New Jersey and she asked what we called ourselves. Naturally, we are MICHIGANDERS. I didn’t even know there was such a debate until she pointed out that she heard people from Michigan called themselves Michiganians….I looked at her like she was on drugs.
I used to live in Michigan, and I always said Michigander. Michiganian is just too generic and uptight (even when I would read the word “Michiganian” in school, I would say Michigander.)
I prefer “Michigander.” It just sounds cooler than “Michiganian.”
However, I do not take offense by the latter. Remember, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. It shouldn’t be a divisive topic. Both words refer to the same people.
I was born and raised a Michigander! Michiganian just sounds really uptight.
The term is NOT “Michigander”. It is “Michiganer”. No “d”. The state is not called Michigand. It’s Michigan.
Michigander sounds so strange! I guess it might be because the town I’m from is extremely high-and-mighty feeling, but I think Michiganian sound much more eloquent.
Very good question, and don’t know how to answer as living abroad. Our state is noted worldwide, however, some of us, as well as I, prefer the local one according to demonym–Howrahian–born in Howrah….
Thanks it’s a great article; have learned a lot.
Michigander and Michiganian both sound a tad awkward to me for everyday use. I like Yooper, and Michiganensian though the longest of all has a certain touch of class. But what is the origin of Spartans and Wolverines – both easier words to use? And why exactly is the state divided physically – tell us some more about the Ohio war please.
Now for some UK oddities:
Newcastle – Geordie (fans of King George, still a common forename)
Sunderland – Mackem (they once had a manufacturing tradition)
South Shields – SandDancer (they held beach dances in the 1910’s)
Durham – Dunelmian
Liverpool – Scouse (but why?)
Manchester – Manc [-unian]
London – Cockney
Harrow – Harrovian
Aberdeen – Aberdonian
Birmingham – Brummie (not sure why; Brummagem means forged)
Shropshire – Salopian
Logically, someone from Bow (London) might be a Bovian, someone from Box (Wilts.) a Boxer, someone from Deal (Kent) a Dealer, someone from Inverness a Nessie and someone from Andover (Hants.) an Android. But they’re not.
Happily I don’t live in either Ugley (Essex) or Nasty (Herts.). I have seen road signs for the Ugley Farmers’ Market and there is apparently an Ugley Women’s Institute.
I’m currently a Washingtonian and a Seattleite. Though I’ve also been an Ohioan, a Virginian, and an Alabamian, I’m not sure what to call myself originally since I was born in D.C. Am I a Columbian then? a Districter? a Capitolist? I don’t know.
I was born and raised in Michigan. I heard both terms and prefer Michiganian over Michi-gander. Sorry I am not a bird! Not only that, I am from Flint and proudly call myself a Flint Stone-ian! : )
When I’m outside the state, I bypass the name and simply say I’m a Spartan and point to my hand to show where I was born! : )
A side note: I always thought people from Illinois were called Illini. To say Illinois-ian requires the “s” to be pronounced, which I thought was incorrect.
Born in lower MI and then moved to the the UP. Definitely heard the term “Yooper” used proudly. Other than “troll”, which could only have been around since the Mackinac Bridge (known locally just as “The Bridge” was built in the 50’s, the only other term I’ve heard Yoopers use would be: “downstaters” or “apple-knockers” (based on the fact that apples grown in the UP are generally smaller and tarter than the big, sweet varieties grown in the lower latitudes).
I always thought there was a formulaic way of saying these things. But I suppose it really depends on preference. Fortunately the only options for Washington are Washingtonians or Warshingtonians (surprisingly the former is not corrected by auto-correct). The latter, however, is an outdated stereotype that is slowly disappearing with family owned farms and farming communities.
I had thought that I had settled this Michigander/Michiganian matter in the 12th grade. I decided I didn’t like to sound like a silly goose and Michiganian was nice and very proper. I still use it occassionally out of habit, but when Grannie Granholm declared it the “correct” name, I knew something must be wrong. I will now proudly announce and answer to Michigander! Grannie is/was neither a Michigander nor Michiganian and has no say in the matter. She split for California immediately after leaving office and I don’t think the door hit her backside leaving! Now the Californians get to put up with her. Bless her heart, she has never been back! Life is good!
On other notes: I have never known anyone to call themselves a “Troll”
but I am not offended by the Yoopers calling us that.
And I am not from the UP but I do occassionally refer to those living in God’s Country as Yoopers and often do say “Say Ya to da UP, eh!”
I have been known to answer the phone with: “Ya, Hey Nino!”
Sandusky for the UP? Ya, we will take that trade!
That war was a Detroit thing anyway. Many Detroit residents were murdered on the River Raison during the Pontiac wars and that land was sacred to friends and survivors (as it should have been.) They wanted it for their grief, but I think the victims are having more fun on the amusements at the park in Sandusky than they would have with a granite monument in a memorial park.
That dust-up is long forgotten and has nothing to do with the football rivalry between Ohio and any Michigan team.
Actually, My understanding of the Chippewa Indian word “mishigama.” It means “Monster Lake” not “big lake.” Which makes more sense if you have ever been out on the Lake in a small boat.
I know someone who says that they are Michiganas or Michiganahs (not sure of the correct spelling).
Me? I’m a New Jerseyite (but please don’t hold that against me).
Michiganian. Michigander sounds like a bird, and in fact was first used as an insult for that very reason.
Michigander all the way! I remember getting into this Michigander/Michiganian debate when I was a kid (and again in college) and even back then I thought Michiganian sounded so… silly.
Saying, “I’m not a Michigander because I’m not a goose,” is just so silly. That’s like saying, “I’m not an American because I’m not a can.” Get real. Also, thinking Michiganian “sounds classy” is just amusing.
Michiganian is obviously pretentious and lacks personality – Michigander is fun and unique.
“Floridian” is beautiful and “Maine-iac” is just fantastic!
It is time to put the noun “MICHIGANDER” to rest in the deepest archive in the MI Historical Museum, along with Abe,s derogatory term for Lewis Cass (Joe, 2/20/11) and what Ohio residents thought of us at the time of the “Toledo War,” (Don, 2/21) using the term as an insult. I personally am viscerally affected when I hear any radio personality using the term. It is gender-specific, jarring, and non-lyrical. Not far from the Historical Museum, is a little gem called “MICHIGANIA,” which only sells MI produced or related items…. It has been there for some time! Why not take a visit to the store, the CAPITOL and the MUSEUM? Finally, the term is not in harmony with our awesome “PURE MICHIGAN” campaign for obvious natural reasons (even though goose droppings are biogradeble).
As I was born in Michigan, I’ve always preferred to use the yiddish word “Mish-uga-neh”, meaning ‘a little crazy’ as my birthright; or as I spell it “Michiganeh”.
Likewise, my mother, who was born in Maine, would always call her self a ‘Maine-iac’
My mother has always referred to us as “Michiganders”, but I’ve never liked the term. We aren’t geese, and we most definitely aren’t all males. I live in Arizona now. When people recognize my Michigan-speak, they refer to me as a Michiganian. It makes me feel a little less silly after a string of “yups”, “nopes”, “haftas”, and “sa-ums (somethings)”
Michiganian is the right word. We’re good people.
The Upper Peninsula was originally part of Wisconsin, but was given to Michigan as compensation for losing land to Indiana and Ohio (small amounts of land, at that);
The word Michigander does have the whole state name in it; and
A good (and funny) demonym for Newport News would be a Newspaper.
Lifelong Michigan resident here. I learnt both alternatives some 50 years ago in grade school. I chose Michiganian, as “Michigander” just rung rings too hackneyed for me.
Though, my favorite pronunciation of “Michigan” is by the late and venerable UM football announcer, Mr. Bob Ufer, who interestingly, was not a native Michiganian, but taught us all how to pronounce it: Meechigan!
May you RIP, Mr. Ufer.
I’m a Michiganian 60 years now. always have been, always will be.
Isabella on February 21, 2011 at 3:24 am
You (and all Geordies) are from Newcastle-upon-Tyne/Northumbria.
I actually don’t understand why ‘moist’ sounds so gross. I personally think the word ‘tutelage’ sounds nasty.
Michigander and Michiganian are demonyms for residents of the U.S. state of Michigan. Less common alternatives include Michiganer, Michiganite, Michiganese, and Michigine. There is no “official” term. While previous governors Jennifer Granholm, John Engler, and Jim Blanchard used Michiganian, current governor Rick Snyder uses Michigander. A 2011 poll indicated 58% of Michigan residents preferred Michigander, compared to 12% for Michiganian, with similar percentages having no preference and not liking either term. Residents of the Upper Peninsula typically refer to themselves as Yoopers instead.
Michiganian has a long history. It is the term used for the state’s citizens in The Collections of the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society since the 1870s.
Michigander is considered pejorative by some due to the circumstances under which the term was coined, but others perceive no such negative connotation. Michigander is attributed to Abraham Lincoln, coining it when he was a Whig representative in Congress. On July 27, 1848, Lincoln made a speech against Lewis Cass, who had been a long-time governor of the Michigan Territory. Cass was then running for president on a “popular sovereignty” platform that would have let states that were conquered in the Mexican-American War decide whether to legalize slavery. Lincoln accused the Democrats of campaigning on the former President Andrew Jackson’s coattails by exaggerating their military accomplishments.
LINCOLN: “But in my hurry I was very near closing on the subject of military tails before I was done with it. There is one entire article of the sort I have not discussed yet; I mean the military tail you Democrats are now engaged in dovetailing onto the great Michigander.”
Lincoln thus combined Michigan with gander to form a nickname that made Cass sound foolish like a goose.
This is from Wikipedia.
I’ve always called myself a Michiganian and never a Michigander. Sounds too silly to me.
I’ve just come across Jabbo Smith’s ” Michigander Blues ” – didn’t know of this so had to look it up. ( Great number by the way )
I live in Dorset, England – my village is named Chideock, so am I a Chidockander o a Chidockian ??? Think I’ll just settle back and listen to some more of Jabbo’s magic – I’ve been called many different things in my life, so another one won’t bother me a lot ! Regards Wattie
Checking Google, 1.13 million pages have the word Michigander while only 134,000 use the word Michiganian, so it’s nice to know that in this case usage wins out and Michigander is the “proper” word in this case. I won’t even bother looking for Michiganite, which sounds like some type of rock or Michiganese, which is probably the language spoken by Yoopers.
I was born, raised, and live near Grand Rapids. My family taught me the name for us is (and I consider myself a) Michigander. But I also think Michiganian is fine too. Calling us Michiganite or Michiganese is a good way to NOT make a friend if you ask me
I’ve lived in Michigan most of my life and I’ve heard Michiganian, but I for sure consider myself a Michigander. I feel like Michigander is the people and Michiganian is descriptive. So I’m a Michigander but I go on Michiganian Adventures. But I’m just saying that bc it sounds fun.
Envy people who live in Michigan and call themselves MichiGunners! Sounds way too cool..!
I am a New Jersian not New Joisian. The second one is just the misconception that people in New Jersey talk like that because having a thick New Jersey accent I have never said Joisey.