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The 49th State is the most obvious, and Great Land was also suggested.
It was also suggested that it be known as the Sourdough State, as well as the North Star State (this name also being claimed by Minnesota).
The "Gold" was changed to "Golden" by 1867, and since then the state has been known as The Golden State, which became the state's official nickname in 1968 (appearing also on licence plates).
It's not surprising that the success of copper mining the state means that it is occasionally known as the Copper State.
The first Alabamians were sometimes known as "lizards", which gave the state its earlier nickname of Lizard State back in 1845.
In more recent times the state has been known as the Yellowhammer State, from Civil War days, and many people believe that it derives from the species of woodpecker - in reality, it arose from the yellow colour of the home-dyed uniforms that the Alabama troops wore during the Civil War. While there is no official nickname for the state, The Heart of Dixie is the most commonly used.
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